In April, the government ordered in excess of 10,000 urgently required devices to treat coronavirus patients, under what is being called, Ventilator Challenge UK. A Consortium of significant UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses from across the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors came together to produce medical ventilators for the UK.
Red Rose Packaging was asked to work closely with two of the members of the Consortium, Siemens and Airbus to design and manufactured a composite, returnable pack in record time to ensure these devices reached the NHS safely.
Siemens digitally designed every inch of the shop floor at Airbus to ensure social distancing and produced a step-by-step process to allow Airbus engineers who are used to outfitting wings to produce flow meters and carbon dioxide absorbers for the Ventilators.
The consortium led by Dick Elsy, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult’s chief executive, 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. Eighteen months of development work has been crammed into four or five weeks”.
“It was a huge privilege to be asked and involved in such an important project, the timescales were extremely tight but with the support of our design and production teams and of course all our great suppliers, we knew we could do it. Everyone involved has been fantastic.” said Katie Whitehead, Sales Director at Red Rose.
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