Airbus employees at AMRC Cmyru helping make ventilators to tackle Coronavirus
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Coronavirus: Manufacturing Consortium Delivers Final Ventilators To NHS

Defence firms, including Airbus and BAE Systems, have helped deliver more than 13,000 ventilators to the NHS as part of the consortium.

Airbus employees at AMRC Cmyru helping make ventilators to tackle Coronavirus

A consortium of British manufacturers, including defence firms, has delivered its final batch of ventilators to the NHS.

VentilatorChallengeUK, formed in March in response to the predicted rise in coronavirus crisis, has delivered 13,437 ventilators to the health service - more than doubling its stock.

At peak production, the consortium was producing over 400 devices every day, the consortium said.

Dick Elsy, Chairman of VentilatorChallengeUK, said: “What VentilatorChallengeUK has achieved in the space of twelve weeks is nothing short of incredible, creating and producing an approved product and setting up production facilities on this scale would normally take years.

“This coalition of the very best of this country’s people and capability across different sectors has truly showcased the strength of the manufacturing industry in the UK.”

The final shipment of ventilators was delivered on Sunday.

Seven new large-scale manufacturing facilities were set up in order to produce the equipment, as well as the restructuring of existing sites.

In April, defence firm Airbus transformed its research and development facility in north Wales into an assembly for the medical ventilators. 

Defence manufacturer BAE Systems also took part in the project.

WATCH: Airbus transformed its research centre into a ventilator assembly line.

Other firms involved include GKN aerospace, Ford and Rolls-Royce.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, said: “The Ventilator Challenge has been a great success and I would like to thank every manufacturer and designer, and their incredible workforces, for the huge part they’ve played in the national effort to protect our NHS and save lives.

“The Ventilator Challenge has shown that UK manufacturing always rises to the challenge at a time of national need."

Despite the pandemic, the consortium managed to source parts from more than 22 countries.

The consortium said manufacturers will now to return to their regular production. 

Cover image: Airbus manufacturing facility at AMRC Cymru in Broughton (Picture: Airbus).