Vauxhall Helps Produce 13,000 Ventilators for NHS
For 16 weeks, a group of 15 specialist workers from the Vauxhall Vivaro plant in Luton have helped assemble and deliver over 13,000 ventilators for the NHS.
Working together with Smiths Medical, all 15 specialist workers were chosen by hand and reassigned to work temporarily at the medical site of Smiths Group plc in Luton. Here the team were to undertake the mammoth manufacturing task of meeting the sharply increased demand in ventilators, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Each worker was chosen by their specialist skills and their ability to rapidly carry out work which requires great precision in a short amount of time.
The team undertook a week of training before helping assemble between 20-30 ventilators per week. By the end of their assignment however, the team were able to produce hundreds of ventilators per week. All of which, then went through Vauxhall's staff for quality tests to guarantee they were of the highest quality and ready for the NHS.
Vauxhall's team of 15 also worked alongside many other engineers and specialists from a range of industries to help produce the ventilators. Additionally, the staff managed to raise £300 for charity during their temporary reassignment.
“I’m immensely proud and not at all surprised that Vauxhall workers have volunteered and have been able to make such a valuable contribution during these difficult times. Our plant employees are used to working on lines where only consistent high quality is not just essential but primordial, and they have done a fantastic job over the past 16 weeks being part of the team making much needed ventilators to contribute to the NHS. During the last war Vauxhall manufactured Churchill tanks in Luton and here we see our front line contribution in what is widely seen as the most serious world crisis since that time.”
- Stephen Norman, Vauxhall Managing Director
"On behalf of Smiths, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to Vauxhall for joining the fight against this terrible disease. This initiative has been part of the extraordinary efforts made by British industry to help maximise production of ventilators and save lives."
- Julian Fagge, Smiths Group Strategy and M&A Director
The Vauxhall team have now returned to their usual posts at the Vauxhall Vivaro plant in Luton, which has once again resumed to producing the Vivaro van at normal production capacity.
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