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Monday, March 16, 2020

Boosting the UK's ventilator production for Covid-19

By Nick Flaherty on eeNews Europe

The UK’s only ventilator manufacturer is ramping up production to meet demand to tackle the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis as the UK government calls for assistance from the industry.

“We have increased our capacity, and moved to 7 days working across our global manufacturing sites where required to meet demands from our customers,” said Sally Cozens, managing director at Breas UK. She declined to say that that capacity is, other than “we are increasing to meet demands globally”.

Breas UK claims to be the only UK ventilator manufacturer, making a range called Nippy, while its parent company Breas also makes other medical equipment. Breas is headquartered in Sweden and owned by the Chinese Fosun conglomerate, and has 150 staff worldwide.

The German government has reportedly ordered 10,000 ventilators from Draegerwerk in Luebeck, while Hamilton Medical in Switzerland has ramped up production by 30% to a run rate of 20,000 a year.

Medical 3D printing firm Open Bionics has also offered its help. “We build medical devices, have technicians, engineers, processes and assembly lines in place and ready to go. We need parts and build instructions,” said Sam Payne, chief operating officer and co-founder of Open Bionics in Bristol, UK.

Other suggestions of companies with medical equipment skills have included Meditec England, Smiths Medical, SLE, Diamedica, OES Medical and Penlon.

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