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Ventilator Challenge makes final shipment to NHS

Ventilator Challenge UK - the consortium of businesses who switched production to helping the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic - has made its last shipment.

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Since forming on March 19, the consortium of aerospace, motorsport, automotive and medical businesses, has more than doubled the stock of ventilators available to the NHS.

Renishaw was among the companies who supplied knowledge and resources along with Rolls-Royce, Unilever, Smiths Medical and Formula One teams including Williams, Mercedes, Haas, McLaren and Renault.

In all, the consortium produced 13,437 ventilators in 12 weeks, the last of which was shipped by Penlon Global this week.

Renishaw tweeted: "As one of the founding members of @VentilatorU this makes us very proud of what has been achieved by thousands of people working together with a common goal."

The consortium established seven large-scale manufacturing facilities from scratch, modified clinical equipment and set up an assembly line with at times exceeded 400 devices a day.

Ventilator Challenge UK chairman Dick Elsy said: "What VentilatorChallengeUK has achieved in the space of 12 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."

He continued: "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.

"The consortium is looking to capture lessons learned and share them across the engineering community - and with the Government - as key tools to help UK industry get back on its feet after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed."

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