Dyson designs from scratch to make 15,000 ventilators

Laverne Higgins
March 27, 2020

British tech appliances company Dyson has received an order from the United Kingdom government for 10,000 ventilators to support efforts by the country's National Health Service to treat coronavirus patients.

In just 10 days after receiving the call from U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Dyson had designed and built a ventilator called the "CoVent", the letter said. His device is called the CoVent and is specifically meant to support coronavirus patients.

James Dyson, the company's billionaire founder, confirmed the order in a letter to employees shared with CNN on Wednesday.

Numed, a well established company in business since 1975 provides a wide range of service options including time & material service, PM only contracts, full service contracts, labor only contracts & system relocation.

A spokesperson for the company, which is best known for its vacuum cleaners and hand dryers, said the ventilators would be ready by early April.

The British government declined to comment on the exact timing or details of the ventilator production plan.

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The Government's order of the CoVent machines came after Dyson and a Cambridge-based science engineering firm, TTP, created the prototype in 10 days, with it now undergoing testing on humans. Dyson, who has wealth worth US$10 billion (AUD$16.5bn) according to Bloomberg, wrote in his letter that he would also donate 5,000 units to the worldwide effort to tackle the pandemic.

The "CoVent" was designed for COVID-19 patients and can be manufactured quickly, which is key as demand rises fast.

"We are also looking at ways of making it available internationally".

Downing Street said on Thursday that 8,000 additional ventilators had been ordered by the Government to boost the stock of 8,000 already available to the health service, adding that "thousands" are expected to arrive in hospitals in "the coming weeks".

In another industry effort, a consortium of companies in the aerospace and engineering sectors are working with seven Formula One racing teams to ramp up production of existing ventilator models, with a manufacturing launch date penned in for March 30.

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