Two companies with facilities in Scotland have been hailed as part of a national effort to design and produce more ventilators to ensure the NHS and social care sector has the support and equipment it needs to tackle coronavirus.
Babcock International Group (Babcock) is leading on the design and production of 10,000 ventilators for the NHS. As well as working on a new prototype, a team of Babcock engineers and specialists has set up a supply chain solution from scratch.
The team has set up the supply chain and has enlisted manufacturers to help with assembly and production.
Glenrothes-based Raytheon UK and Plexus will both be supporting the production of ventilators from their manufacturing facilities in Fife, Kelso and Livingston.
Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan McKee said: “I welcome the announcement by Babcock International Group to produce 10,000 ventilators for the NHS and I am very proud that Scottish-based companies like Plexus and Raytheon UK are playing their part in this crucial supply chain.
“These companies are at the vanguard of efforts to manufacture more ventilators as part of UK-wide efforts to tackle COVID-19.
“Plexus and Raytheon UK have been supported by Scottish Enterprise to facilitate their involvement in vital efforts to increase capacity for the NHS and the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise remain in contact to provide any operational support they require.
“Ventilators are hugely complex devices that normally require time to be designed and tested, so the speed with which Plexus and Raytheon UK, as part of the Babcock supply chain, have responded to push forward sizeable production is commendable.
“They and their staff are working round the clock and are a credit to Scottish manufacturing.”