• Bloomberg


Toyota Motor Corp.’s idled manufacturing facilities in the U.S. will make much-needed face shields and masks, and the auto giant is also closing in on deals with makers of medical devices to help them boost production.

The carmaker said Friday it will start mass production of face shields early in the coming week to supply hospitals near its plants in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Texas. Toyota also said it is finalizing pacts with at least two companies to make breathing ventilators and respirator hoods, and looking for partners to make protective masks. The company on Thursday extended its shutdown of North American factories for two weeks.

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