Yorkshire robots specialist responds to gov call to manufacture medical ventilators

Sewtec MD Mark Cook

A Wakefield-based industrial robots specialist is currently waiting to hear if it can manufacture medical ventilators for the NHS after responding to the government’s recent call for help.

Sewtec Automation registered its details on the government website last week following the call for help from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The £28 million turnover company is now “standing by” to mobilise its resources.

For patients critically ill with Covid-19, ventilators get oxygen into the lungs and remove carbon dioxide from the body when people are unable to breathe on their own. The NHS needs around another 20,000 additional machines as soon as possible.

Sewtec Automation said that it has the entire range of engineering and manufacturing capabilities in-house which allows complete control and rapid response to urgent demands. These skills and capabilities mean the business is ideally placed to help manufacture the life-saving equipment for the NHS.

“We are eager to help the NHS by using our skills to produce ventilators. Our in-house engineering skills are world-class, directly relevant to the manufacture of precision medical devices and available to help in any capacity, however small,” said MD Mark Cook.

“We recognise that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is probably overwhelmed with current events.

“We just want them to know we are standing by to play our part during this extraordinary set of circumstances.”