Defence engineering firm Babcock International joins the likes of Dyson in the race to build ventilators to help deal with the coronavirus crisis just days after announcing they were working around the clock with leading clinical experts.
In a statement, Babcock said: “We are proud to have been awarded a contract by the Cabinet Office to manufacture 10,000 Zephyr Plus ventilators, subject to regulatory approvals; a product being developed in collaboration with an established major international supplier of critical care ventilators.”
In a previous statement, Babcock said: “Modern day ventilators are composed of hundreds of different specialist parts, however, with the race against time to save lives a fully functional prototype with the focus on simplified ventilation principles and thereby fewer parts has been created in a matter of days, whilst meeting strict clinical requirements.”
Jon Hall, Managing Director of Technology for Babcock, said: “This is a critical time for the country as a whole and for the NHS in particular. When the opportunity arose for us to get involved in helping the NHS to save lives, we knew it was the right thing to do. I’m really proud of the commitment and innovation of everyone in the team, across Babcock and our medical and supply chain partners.
“Combining our engineering expertise with advances in medical technology has resulted in a solution that will help the NHS save lives. That capability, combined with a diverse supply chain will ensure that we can get this equipment manufactured, processed and delivered as a matter of urgency.”