Surface Technology International Ltd has been confirmed as a key member of the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium, challenged to deliver medical ventilators to the NHS at record pace.
We have been playing an important role in the group of significant UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses from across the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors, that have come together to produce medical ventilators for the NHS.
The consortium’s strategy has been to ramp up output of two existing devices made by Penlon and Smiths Medical. Ordinarily, Penlon and Smiths Medical have a combined capacity to produce between 50 and 60 ventilators per week – however, thanks to the scale and resources of the wider consortium, they are targeting production figures of at least 1,500 units a week. STI is involved with the production of both types of ventilators with teams working around the clock at its HQ in Hook, Hampshire.
In addition to the ventilator project STI is also working on several other medical projects related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Simon Best, STI Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to be part of the Ventilator Challenge UK consortium. By stepping up to meet the manufacturing challenge of building ventilators in the volumes required to support our heroic front-line NHS teams, we are helping to treat the most severe ITU cases affected by the coronavirus. The consortium members, led by Ford and including Airbus and McLaren, are now delivering in volume to us in Hook and we are proud to be contributing our workforce to the challenge”.