Manufacturers join forces to build ventilators for NHS

Wednesday April 1st, 2020


A group of UK manufacturers has received a Government order to build 10,000 ventilators to help treat patients infected with Covid-19.

The consortium, including Hampshire based Airbus; BAE Systems; GKN Aerosapce and Rolls-Royce, are ready to start producing medical devices under the name Project Oyster. Together they are also up-scaling production of a device called the ParaPac ventilator by Luton-based Smiths Medical, under what is being called Project Penguin.

Dick Elsy, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult’s chief executive, said: “The VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium brings together some of the most innovative companies in the world. Every day, their highly-skilled staff collaborate to create solutions that help millions of people, and this project is no different. They are working together with incredible determination and energy to scale up production of much-needed ventilators and combat a virus that is affecting people in many countries. I am confident this consortium has the skills and tools to make a difference and save lives.”

The specification has been overseen by Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which regulates medical devices in the UK.

If you would like to help…

If you or your business have the relevant expertise and are keen to help in the effort to produce more ventilators for the UK, your offers of support should be registered through the Government’s web page rather than by approaching the consortium directly.



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