British technology company, Dyson, plans to manufacture 15,000 medical ventilators from scratch after the prime minister called for British companies to help supply the National Health Service with equipment to fight the pandemic.
The company famous for creating vacuum cleaners have turned their skills from household appliances to healthcare machinery in just 10 days, designing a potentially life-saving product that is now going into production.
The British government has already ordered 10,000 of the ventilators which are due to be ready in mid-April, 5,000 of which have been funded by the business’ billionaire owner, James Dyson. It is expected that 4,000 more will be delivered internationally.
James Dyson said he had drawn on the company’s expertise in air movement, motors, power systems, manufacturing and supply chain to design and build an entirely new ventilator, The CoVent, that could be deployed in this time of “grave international crisis”.
The company has engineers tirelessly working to design the ventilators from scratch, making sure that the production is as fast and efficient as possible. The order is still subject to medical tests before they are shipped out, but it is expected that this will happen quickly.
It hopes to build the ventilators at scale from its UK base in Wiltshire using aircraft hangars as its production site.