23 MARCH 2020
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Aerospace industry FSO 100-listed major component supplier Meggitt has answered an NHS call for ventilator production assistance.
It is heading up a consortium of aerospace suppliers answering the call from the NHS for industry assistance in ventilator production.
The group includes GKN, Airbus, Thales and Renishaw. It is one of three working together to develop medical ventilator prototypes in a bid to solve the shortage in the NHS. The other two consortia are headed up by automotive sector companies Nissan and McLaren.
The aerospace suppliers will be working to develop and produce 20,000 new machines to treat coronavirus patients in as little as two weeks.
Meggitt’s experience in manufacturing oxygen systems for aircrew was the reason it was selected to head the aerospace consortium. However, a company source admits it will have to bring in external experts to manage the medical certification process.
Meggitt mainly makes components for military and civil aircraft, but does have some medical technology experience.
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