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UK Manufacturers Regear Factories to Build Ventilators

More than 60 UK Manufacturers have come forward to answer Boris Johnson's plee for

companies to help produce 20,000 ventilators in preparation of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Firms such as Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover and Vauxhall have offered to help with manufacturing the ventilators using advanced 3D printing, and assembly of the crucial devices, working from technical drawings to be provided in the next few days by the public research and development body Innovate UK.

Helen Foord, head of Government Relations at Vauxhall, said: “We are experts at assembly and efficient mass production; we know how to process and we know how to make it lean,” “We’ve offered our services as an assembly plant and we have 3D-printing capability at the Ellesmere Port factory too.”

Breas UK, a specialist firm making ventilators, said it had increased staffing levels and was moving to a seven-day working week to cope with the demand. However, the demand for these devices is likely to outstrip the manufacture and so UK companies aim to bridge that gap.

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