Britain's Biggest Manufacturers Agree to Build 10,000 Ventilators
By Benjamin Katz
LONDON--A consortium of manufacturing giants, including plane
maker Airbus SE, defense manufacturer BAE Systems PLC and
engine-maker Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC, have agreed to build more
than 10,000 ventilators to help tackle the coronavirus
The VentilatorChallengeUK group, which also includes the U.K.
operations of Ford Motor Co. and packaged-goods giant Unilever PLC,
along with various Formula 1 teams, have agreed to combine forces
to accelerate the production of a new ventilator design that can be
assembled from parts in current production. Work is set to start
A number of staff from various "key company projects" have been
moved to lead production of the so-called Rapidly Manufactured
Ventilator Systems, the consortium said in a statement on Monday.
The units will be built at a series of sites across the country, it
said, without identifying which.
A spokesman for the group declined to comment on the timing of
first deliveries, adding that the ventilators will be built as fast
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