An electronics and engineering firm in Exmouth has spoken of its pride helping with the production of 30,000 medical ventilators to save lives amid the coronavirus crisis.
The EuroTech Group, in Salterton Road, was tasked to produce 19,000 printed circuit boards to be used in a ventilator prototype that was specially designed to increase the supply of life-saving equipment in the UK in the coming weeks.
Circuit boards built in Exmouth have been incorporated into a newly-designed ventilator prototype, plus lifesaving equipment destined for use in the temporary Nightingale Hospitals.
The Exmouth firm joins a consortium of ‘significant’ UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses from across the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors, in producing medical ventilators for the UK.
The Ventilator Challenge UK Consortium is led by Dick Elsy, CEO of High Value Manufacturing Catapult, a group of manufacturing research centres in the UK.
Mr Elsy said: “This consortium brings together some of the most innovative companies in the world.
“Every day, their highly-skilled staff collaborate to create solutions that help millions of people, and this project is no different.
“They are working together with incredible determination and energy to scale up production of much-needed ventilators and combat a virus that is affecting people in many countries.
“I am confident this consortium has the skills and tools to make a difference and save lives.”
A spokesperson for EuroTech said: “EuroTech is proud to have the opportunity to assist in the project, having been commissioned to make 19,000 printed circuit boards.
“Despite challenging circumstances, the first batch of boards left the Exmouth factory on Monday 30th March for delivery.
“They are to be incorporated into units of a ventilator prototype, which was designed in about a fortnight.
“The printed circuit boards took less than thirty hours to produce from engineering to completion.
“EuroTech is also urgently manufacturing printed circuit boards for those customers involved in the supply of equipment for the temporary hospitals NHS Nightingale, in London, Birmingham and Manchester.”
The Exmouth-based firm’s circuit boards will be used by the Ventilator Challenge UK Consortium, which includes household names such as Dyson, Airbus and Rolls Royce, who have banded together to produce the rapid manufacture and design of the new ventilators.
Companies in the consortium have now received formal orders from the Government in excess of 10,000 units.
The consortium can now accelerate production of an agreed new design, based on existing technologies, which can be assembled from materials and parts already in production.
The firms involved have taken many of their employees away from key company projects to serve the country in its time of need.
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