Dyson to produce 10,000 medical ventilators to support NHS fight against coronavirus
Vaccum cleaner company Dyson have signed a contract with the Government to produce 10,000 new medical ventilators for the fight against coronavirus in Britain.
Staff at the company worked around the clock to develop the new technology with teams in different time zones handing over to each other overnight in order to speed up the process.
The new CoVent machines can be used in both hospitals and by paramedics and the company are redirecting staff and resources to a production base in Wiltshire where they had originally intended to produce a new electric car.
Sir James Dyson, who founded the company, said: “Since I received a call from Boris Johnson ten days ago we have refocused resources at Dyson and worked with TTP, The Technology Partnership, to design and build an entirely new ventilator.
“This new device can be manufactured quickly, efficiently and at volume.
"It is designed to address the specific clinical needs of Covid-19 patients and it is suited to a variety of clinical settings.
"The core challenge was how to design and deliver a new, sophisticated medical product in volume and in an extremely short space of time. The race is now on to get it into production.”
He added that the Dyson digital motor was “at the heart of the new device” and the new ventilator would “achieve a high-quality air supply to ensure its safety and effectiveness, drawing on our air purifier expertise which delivers high-quality filtration” in mass-produced products.
Dyson have been working closely with NHS experts and healthcare regulators throughout the design process in order to ensure the machine is suitable and safe for clinical use.
The Government will be covering much of the cost in order to ensure production starts as soon as possible while Sir James is making his own donation of a total of 5,000 ventilators (1,000 for the United Kingdom and 4,000 for international distribution.)