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Festo assigns teams to respiratory-ventilator development and protective-gear manufacture

By Festo Canada   


Festo also continues supplying industrial automation products to businesses in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada

Islandia, NY & Mississauga, ON, April 2020 – Festo North America and subsidiary Fabco-Air Inc., classified essential businesses, are continuing to supply pneumatic and electric drive technology to distributors, equipment manufacturers, and end users in North America.

Supporting solutions for COVID-19

“Festo has launched focused coronavirus mitigation projects,” announced Carlos Miranda, CEO, Festo North America. “Among several initiatives, the first is to ensure that orders for components and systems used in medical devices receive priority treatment and are processed and shipped rapidly.


“A large research and development team is working full time on a design for a quick-to-manufacture emergency respiratory ventilator. Another team alongside a partner firm is developing a concept for automated production of protective masks. This team envisions a complete production system that can be setup and shipped within a standard transport container.”

Festo LifeTech Business Unit components are used in high-speed automated laboratory devices that are essential for the types of screening envisioned for sample analysis during the pandemic. Festo LifeTech components are also used by certified respiratory equipment manufacturers. Festo does not manufacture that equipment itself.

In addition to the medical and manufacturing sectors, Festo is keeping its overall production and logistics systems sound for the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and packaging industries as well as for washing systems for hospitals and care facilities.

Festo encourages the use of the company’s online resources, including the 24/7 online shop, for placing orders and checking delivery status, and online product configuration and engineering tools. The company continues to take measures to ensure continuity of production, while protecting the health and safety of employees, suppliers, and the public.

For questions regarding the company’s ability to serve customers in the following essential industries – manufacturing, processing, medical device, and laboratory automation – please email And visit Festo at

Festo at a glance

Festo, the world’s leading supplier of automation technology and technical education, is deploying its products and services to meet the challenges of digitization and smart production. Founded in 1925, the family owned company based in Esslingen, Germany supports a wide range of needs for advanced solutions in factory and process automation. In Canada, Festo has been supporting Canadian industry for over 40 years, continuously elevating the state of manufacturing in this country with innovative products, optimized motion control solutions and unrivalled support. Globally, some 300,000 customers put their trust in the company’s pneumatic and electric drive products and technology. In addition, Festo Didactic provides state-of-the-art training equipment and educational programs for industrial companies and educational institutions. The Festo Group registered sales of around €3.2 billion in the 2018 financial year and is represented worldwide at 250 locations with a total of 20,200 employees. About 8% of its annual turnover is invested in research and development.


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