UK government orders more ventilators for coronavirus crisis

Consortium including Rolls-Royce, Airbus and F1 teams takes order for 10,000 devices

The UK government has ordered more ventilators than the total number it says it needs to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, after unveiling an order for as many as 15,000 new machines on Monday.

Ventilator Challenge UK – a consortium of engineering firms including Airbus, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems as well as a series of Formula One motor racing teams – has secured an order for 10,000 of two types of machine currently produced by Smiths Medical of Luton and an Oxfordshire-based firm called Penlon.

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