British technology agency Smiths Group stated it was making certainly one of its ventilators available for other producers to produce, a part of a coordinated attempt to address a shortage of life-saving equipment as coronavirus spreads.
The group’s Smiths Medical subsidiary was providing intellectual property and advice to other firms to make its PARAPAC Plus lightweight ventilators, and it was boosting its own production at its site in Luton, north of London.
Smiths stated it was further talking to contract producers to add manufacturing capacity in the U.S. and elsewhere.
“We’re doing everything possible to considerably ramp up the production of our ventilators at our Luton site and worldwide,” its chief executive, Andrew Reynolds Smith, stated.
Smiths stated it was working with suppliers to elevate production over the next two weeks.
Smiths is a member of one of three consortia of firms set up by Britain’s authorities to accelerate the manufacturing of ventilators.
The three teams are headed by aerospace engineer Meggitt and car manufacturers McLaren and Nissan. European plane manufacturer Airbus has offered help with 3D technology and facilities.