Joining the national effort after call to action by PM

Written by Matt Lacey on 19th March 2020



British engineering firms have been called on to switch to making medical ventilators as concern grows about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.  This follows an appeal by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who held an emergency conference appealing for an urgent effort to address the national shortage.  HV Wooding have joined the national effort and are already in production of vital ventilator components. “We are in the fortunate position of having produced components such as heater plates for humidifiers which are used on respiratory humidifiers used within the health sector” said Sales Director Paul Allen. “As an established business, we have the technical expertise and supply chain in place to help in this national emergency and are pleased to be able to offer such assistance. We have taken special precautions at our site to increase the safety of our staff at this time and to enhance our ability to fulfil all required orders. Measure include regular staff screening, remote working distancing methods and cleaning across our production areas”. 

UK epidemiologists have already predicted that without immediate and drastic intervention, the coronavirus could overwhelm intensive care units and lead to up to 250,000 deaths across the UK and ventilators will pay a key part in reducing this figure.  

Established for over 50 years, HV Wooding offers an unrivalled wealth of engineering resources, skills and experience with a team of 80 people over multi-sited facilities offering a comprehensive range of services around precision metal parts and assemblies encompassing everything from design assistance and prototyping through to the assembly and testing of finished products.

Since the pandemic, we have experienced a surge in enquiries as supply chains are adversely affected. UK buyers that may have sourced from Europe or China are increasingly nervous with regard the supply chain. Many are realising that not only is there more security and control on the physical shipping and delivery of the end product, but often costs savings are made with newly available manufacturing methods and technologies.

Our priority at this time is to support our staff, customers and the nation as a whole in these difficult times.