3M is one of many PPE manufacturers that ramped up production to meet pandemic-induced demand. Last January, 3M activated surge capacity, idled since the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s, to increase output of N95 masks. By the end of the year, it had manufactured 2 billion respirators globally.

“You can see the work the supply chain teams have done to keep our supply chain lines running despite supply chains in general being broken,” Monish Patolawala, senior vice president and chief financial officer at 3M, said on the call.

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