Today, the work of VentilatorChallengeUK, the Consortium of UK aerospace, motorsport, automotive and medical businesses concludes after more than doubling the stock available to the NHS.
Formed on 19 March in response to the anticipated escalation in COVID19 cases, the Consortium has worked with great determination and energy to deliver critical Penlon ESO 2 and Smiths paraPACTM plus ventilators to the NHS throughout the crisis. In that time, the consortium:
VentilatorChallengeUK will make its last shipment of finished ventilators on Sunday 5 July after which Consortium businesses will return to regular production.
Dick Elsy, Chairman of VentilatorChallengeUK and CEO of High Value Manufacturing Catapult, 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. I am immensely proud of the energy, determination and ingenuity shown by every business in responding to this national need.
Together, we have helped ensure the NHS has always had access to the number of ventilators it needs, and we’re pleased to have also contributed to building a resilient stock should ventilators be required in the UK in the future.
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. While we have now delivered all the required ventilators to the NHS, the Consortium is looking to capture lessons learned and share them across the engineering community – and with Government – as key tools to help UK industry get back on its feet after the COVID19 pandemic has passed.”
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. In around three months, industry has stepped up to make 14,000 new machines to save lives on the NHS frontline and to help safeguard against any future outbreak.
The Ventilator Challenge has shown that UK manufacturing always rises to the challenge at a time of national need. Everyone involved is truly a hero of the coronavirus crisis.”
Notes to editors:
For contact with individual businesses please refer to:
Accenture: Andy Rowlands, firstname.lastname@example.org
Airbus: Ian Middleton, email@example.com
AMRC Cymru: James Crossling, firstname.lastname@example.org
Arrow: Thorsten Hecking, email@example.com
DHL: Richard Preece, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ford: John Gardiner, email@example.com
GKN Aerospace: Daniel Kendrick, firstname.lastname@example.org
Haas F1: Stuart Morrison email@example.com
HVM Catapult: Rosa Wilkinson firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspiration Healthcare: Brook Nolson, email@example.com
McLaren: Tim Bampton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mercedes-AMG F1: Bradley Lord email@example.com
Meggitt: Diane Whitworth, Diane.Whitworth@meggitt.com
Microsoft: Steve Douthwaite, firstname.lastname@example.org
Newton: Juliet Purcell, Juliet.Purcell@newtoneurope.com
Penlon: Craig Thompson, Craig.Thompson@penlon.com
PTC: Jacqui Cook, email@example.com
Racing Point: Will Hings, firstname.lastname@example.org
Renault Sport Racing: Lucy Gennon, Lucy.Genon@uk.renaultsportracing.com
Renishaw: Chris Pockett, Chris.Pockett@Renishaw.com>
Rolls-Royce: Emma Fahy, email@example.com
Siemens UK & Siemens Healthineers: Anne Keogh firstname.lastname@example.org
Smiths Medical: Andy Collingridge, Andy.Collingridge@smiths.com
STFC Harwell: Amy Pollock, email@example.com
STI: Jemma Kirton, Jemma-Kirton@sti-limited.com
Thales: Jackie Lucas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Unilever: Helen Fenwick, email@example.com
Williams Advanced Engineering: Clare Rose, firstname.lastname@example.org