UK aerospace companies join VentilatorChallengeUK

Today the Government announced that a consortium led by manufacturers across the UK’s aerospace, automotive and medical sectors will begin producing 10,000 medical ventilators to help the NHS in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week the Prime Minister put a call out to all businesses who can support the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the UK as part of our response to COVID-19. The Government has now evaluated the responses from business and has selected ADS members such as Accenture, Arrow Electronics, Airbus, BAE Systems, GKN Aerospace, Meggitt, Rolls-Royce, Siemens UK, Smiths, Thales and William to join the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium. The consortium will be led by the High Value Manufacturing Catapult CEO Dick Elsy and work to a high-level specification for a Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator System, which has been developed by clinicians and regulators.

Over the past week, the consortium has come together and evaluated what is needed to design, manufacture, assemble and test components, as well as finished medical ventilators and has been working fast to put everything in place to begin production early this week.

Responding to the announcement today ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt said:

“Today’s announcement that aerospace, automotive and medical companies are collaborating to produce ventilators is a demonstration of community endeavour in this time of national crisis.

“UK manufacturers are using their skills in producing complex and precision-engineered equipment to good use at this crucial time.

“It is incredibly important we all work together and the fantastic people we have working in the aerospace industry stand ready to play their part.”

If ADS members want to get involved

The consortium recognises that many companies and individuals with relevant expertise will be keen to help in the effort to produce more ventilators for the UK and will want to be a part of this project. The best way to get register interest in helping the effort is for companies to register support through the Government’s web page rather than by approaching the consortium directly.

This will mean that if consortium needs additional help, they will be able to source it through that mechanism and, in the meantime, will be able to focus all of their energies on the urgent task of production.

Keep up to date with the latest information on COVID-19

The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on business is constantly evolving in the UK and globally. To help keep ADS Members informed and updated with the latest advice, information and resources available, we have created a COVID-19 Hub on the ADS website which will be a central source of information so you can understand how it may affect your business and make informed decisions.