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Published on March 26th, 2020 | by The GC Team

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10,000 ventilators ordered from Dyson are “designed from scratch”

The Government, attempting to meet the estimated demand for 30,000 ventilators, has been ordering further supplies from existing home and overseas manufacturers, and at the same time looking to bring new sources of this vital piece of equipment on stream by asking engineering companies to come up with adaptations, new designs, retooling and production proposals.

The 10,000 ventilators the Government has reportedly ordered from Dyson are part of this second element of its ventilator supply strategy, and James Dyson has been quoted as saying his company responded to a call on behalf of the NHS by putting hundreds of engineers on the project, working around the clock to design a new type of ventilator from scratch.

The new product will be subject to stringent medical checks and regulatory approval, and even if approval is fast-tracked it could still be “a couple of weeks” before the process moves on from prototype to production at scale.

Although Dyson moved its manufacturing process to the Far East some years ago, keeping its Wiltshire base as an R&D facility largely staffed by engineers, the plan is apparently to scale up production in the UK using World War Two aircraft hangars.

Dyson, which has been synergising its experience in vacuum cleaners and hairdryers with Cambridge-based medical company The Technology Partnership to work on the new ventilator, is not the only potential string to the Government’s bow. A consortium of medical, civil and military engineering companies – including Airbus, GKN and Meggit, has been co-operating on plans to scale up production of an existing ventilator design.

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