Some of the largest companies in Britain have come together to create basic ventilators to help the NHS during the coronavirus crisis.
The companies, with expertise ranging from cars to aerospace, have put together three teams to tackle the challenge.
The first consortium is lead by Meggitt – who specialise in components and sub-systems for the aerospace, defence and energy – alongside Thalesm GKN and Renishaw.
The second is spearheaded by automotive giants McLaren and Nissan and is seeking to support existing producers of ventilators in the UK.
Finally, Airbus is leading on new ways that 3D printing and production techniques could help.
The three teams are aiming to produce prototypes in 2-weeks and start wider manufacturing in 4.
The push is in response to British PM’s Boris Johnson plea to Engineering companies to build ventilators. The UK only has around 8,200 ventilators in total and it is expected those might only cover a fraction of the NHS’s requirements in coming weeks.