An image of Worcester Bosch's factory being repurposed to make masks

Worcester Bosch repurposes factory to help fight against coronavirus

Boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch has adapted its Clay Cross facility in Derbyshire to produce metal ventilator casings, in a bid to support the Government’s call for manufacturers to produce life-saving equipment in the fight against coronavirus.

A number of prototype variants have been produced over the past two weeks, before being put through strict approval tests ahead of receiving the green light to go ahead with production.

The company will initially produce 550 sets of ventilator casings and is ready to produce more if required. Although most of the process is automated, a team of technicians has volunteered to produce the casings.

Carl Arntzen, CEO of Worcester Bosch, said: “We are proud to be supporting the fight against coronavirus in any way we can and hope that our contribution will help hospitals and those in need during these turbulent times.”

This news follows a recent announcement that Worcester Bosch is using its large-scale printing capabilities to produce patterns for hospital scrubs, as well as using its 3D printers to produce ear guards for NHS workers’ face masks. These would be placed at the back of the head to separate the ears from the mask and make it more comfortable for those who have to wear face masks for several hours throughout the day.


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