GRENOBLE, France—Michelin is cooperating with a newly formed health care collaborative in Grenoble to design, produce and distribute a reusable OCOV mask for health care workers and others on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle.
Michelin mobilized design and prototyping resources to work with France's Grenoble-based Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) to develop and produce a workable prototype of an FMP1 / FMP2 mask that features a flexible facepiece covering the nose, mouth and chin, as well as replaceable and reusable filters.
The masks themselves are being produced by Ouvry S.A.S., a Lyon, France-based company that specializes in biological and chemical personal protective equipment, Michelin said.
Since March 16, Michelin and CEA have leveraged their respective know-how to produce the first prototype "very quickly," Michelin said, allowing production of the masks to begin in less than three weeks.
The partners in the project claim the OCOV mask is affordable, sustainable and can be produced in large quantities.