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 the 19th of March in response to the anticipated escalation in COVID19 cases, the Consortium has worked to deliver critical Penlon ESO 2 and Smiths paraPAC plus ventilators to the NHS throughout the crisis.
In that time, the consortium say they:
- Scaled-up the Penlon ESO2 Emergency Ventilator device which modified proven clinical equipment, and the Smiths paraPAC Plus. Both met clinicians’ requirements as understanding of the virus progressed
- Established, from scratch, seven new large-scale manufacturing facilities at Airbus AMRC Cymru in Broughton, Ford in Dagenham, GKN Aerospace in Luton and Cowes, McLaren in Woking, Rolls-Royce in Filton and STI in Hook, as well as restructuring existing sites Smiths Medical in Luton and Penlon in Abingdon.
- Ventilator peak production exceeded 400 devices a day, with the shortest time taken to achieve 1000 ventilators being 3 days
- Set- up new parallel supply chains and acquired around 42 million parts and electronic components through a complex logistics network that saw DHL design and implement an end-to-end supply chain in only 1.5 weeks
- Despite global competition for parts and lockdown challenges during the pandemic the team sourced part from over 22 countries, with the furthest distance travelled by a single part being 5,226 miles
- Achieved full MHRA approval for the Penlon ESO 2 device in just three weeks, becoming the first newly adapted ventilator design to be given regulatory authorisation as part of the UK Government’s fight against COVID19 and then going on the secure the international quality seal of approval by way of CE marking
- Recruited and trained a 3,500 front-line assembly team in a new age of social distancing, balancing the twin imperatives of speedy delivery with absolute adherence to the regulatory standards needed to ensure patient safety
VentilatorChallengeUK made its last shipment of finished ventilators on Sunday the 5th July after which Consortium businesses returned 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.”
For contact with individual businesses please refer to:
Accenture: Andy Rowlands, [email protected]
Airbus: Ian Middleton, [email protected]
AMRC Cymru: James Crossling, [email protected]
Arrow: Thorsten Hecking, [email protected]
DHL: Richard Preece, [email protected]
Ford: John Gardiner, [email protected]
GKN Aerospace: Daniel Kendrick, [email protected]
Haas F1: Stuart Morrison [email protected]
HVM Catapult: Rosa Wilkinson [email protected]
Inspiration Healthcare: Brook Nolson, [email protected]
McLaren: Tim Bampton, [email protected]
Mercedes-AMG F1: Bradley Lord [email protected]
Meggitt: Diane Whitworth, [email protected]
Microsoft: Steve Douthwaite, [email protected]
Newton: Juliet Purcell, [email protected]
Penlon: Craig Thompson, [email protected]
PTC: Jacqui Cook, [email protected]
Racing Point: Will Hings, [email protected]
Renault Sport Racing: Lucy Gennon, [email protected]
Renishaw: Chris Pockett, [email protected]>
Rolls-Royce: Emma Fahy, [email protected]
Siemens UK & Siemens Healthineers: Anne Keogh [email protected]
Smiths Medical: Andy Collingridge, [email protected]
STFC Harwell: Amy Pollock, [email protected]
STI: Jemma Kirton, [email protected]
Thales: Jackie Lucas, [email protected]
Unilever: Helen Fenwick, [email protected]
Williams Advanced Engineering: Clare Rose, [email protected]
Williams F1:[email protected]