Every afternoon, the produced hardware is collected and distributed to local Spanish hospitals by those with special government mobility authorisation during the lockdown.
Airbus in Germany also is supporting the Spanish initiatives: ProtoSpace Germany, the Composite Technology Centre (CTC) in Stade, and the “Mobility Goes Additive” 3D printing network” are all producing visor frames for the virus-impacted Madrid region. And in France, Airbus’ Survey Copter tactical drone division is making visors for use by Spanish medical staff.
In the UK, Airbus and its employees are answering the government’s urgent call for medical ventilators as part of the VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium. The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) currently has access to approximately 8,000 ventilators, however it is expected to need up to 30,000 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With an urgent order for over 10,000 ventilators to fulfil, the consortium – which also includes BAE Systems, Ford, GKN, Rolls-Royce, Siemens and Thales – is working at full speed to define its product and ramp up production.