“The manufacturing challenge of a lifetime”
The VentilatorChallengeUK consortium was a group of companies that came together to produce medical ventilators for the UK. The businesses involved were industrial, technology and engineering companies from across the automotive, aviation and medical sectors. Several groups were involved within the challenge, with Newton working in the Penlon Group.
Penlon, and another specialist manufacturer Smiths, could usually produce between 50-60 ventilators per week. However, to respond to the increased demand, the consortium agreed a goal of reaching an output of at least 1,500 units a week.