DuPont™ Tyvek® Activates Operation Airbridge to Speed Up PPE Supply for COVID-19 Response

Article | |April 8,2020
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DuPont™ Tyvek® Activates Airbridge Operation to Speed Up PPE supply for COVID-19 Response
 
 
 

DuPont has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and FedEx to provide expedited shipping of Tyvek® garments critical to COVID-19 relief efforts.

 
 
 

The operation aims to accelerate delivery of Tyvek® PPE, moving them via air instead of ocean. FedEx Express will transport Tyvek® roll goods from the Tyvek® manufacturing plant in Richmond, VA to our garment manufacturer in Vietnam. They will then return to the U.S. with finished Tyvek® garments. This will enable additional Tyvek® garments to be available even faster to support the COVID-19 relief efforts in the U.S. 

 
 
 

This week, in coordination with FedEx, two initial shipments from Vietnam to the U.S. will carry over 450,000 Tyvek® protective coveralls. In the weeks that follow, 500,000+ Tyvek® garments will be shipped each week.  

 
 
 

The U.S. HHS has contracted for these garments for the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile.  Distribution of these PPE shipments throughout the U.S. will be managed by the FEMA Movement Control Team.

Since January, DuPont has worked with governments, non-profits, and suppliers to provide DuPont PPE to the global relief efforts for COVID-19.  We have greatly increased our supply of Tyvek® and Tychem® garments to support the response to COVID-19 around the globe. DuPont has fully activated 19 garment production facilities across 9 countries to deliver more than 9 million garments/month. These garments are being supplied through government agencies and commercial distribution channels. 

We are striving every day to deliver the needed supply to the COVID-19 response with DuPont Personal Protective garments. This is what we do and we’re proud to support the dedicated workers on the frontlines.

 
 
 

"Since the COVID-19 crisis began, DuPont employees have been working 24/7 to provide protection to those that are protecting us through the pandemic.  We are proud to be a partner in Project "Airbridge" with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and FedEx to help expedite the delivery of Tyvek® protective apparel to the frontline responders who need it most." 

David Domnisch, Global Business Leader, DuPont Personal Protection
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

More information:

DuPont COVID-19 Response
DuPont COVID-19 Response
Tyvek® for PPE
Tyvek® for PPE
DuPont Safety: FAQs
DuPont Safety: FAQs
Press Release (FEDEX.com)
Press Release (FEDEX.com)
 
 
 

Please direct all media inquiries to:

Dan Turner

Corporate Media Relations

+1 302-996-8372

daniel.a.turner@dupont.com