Medical ventilators are used to provide critically ill patients with much needed oxygen whilst removing carbon dioxide from the body. They are “relatively complex pieces of equipment” according to Justin Benson, Head of Automation at KMPG and for firms who are used to manufacturing car parts, manufacturing ventilators could take some time.
Downing Street released a statement asking for “businesses to come to us and help in this national effort”. Ford, Honda, Rolls-Royce and JCB are just some of the biggest organisations contacted by the government to ask whether their production lines could be used to build medical equipment.
Ford currently produce vehicle parts in both Bridgend and Dagenham, and have confirmed their support in. JCB are also on board, and have research and engineering teams actively looking into the feasibility of the request.