BPL Medical Technologies’ UK subsidiary Penlon part of the VentilatorChallengeUK
BPL Medical Technologies’ UK subsidiary Penlon has reportedly been part of the VentilatorChallengeUK initiative, which managed to supply 11683 emergency ventilators to the UK government to fight COVID 19.
At the start of the pandemic scientific modelling predicted that the NHS was going to run out of ventilators, so the UK Government launched the VentilatorChallengeUK with a call to arms to automobile, aerospace manufacturers and medical device companies in mid-March to step up production of existing designs and re-design from scratch. Ventilator Challenge UK saw over 5000 ventilator companies offering their support and over 7500 members of staff contributing to the effort.
Guru Krishnamoorthy, CEO, Penlon said: “It has been humbling experience for Penlon to be a part of such a project of national importance. There is nothing more purposeful for a UK medical device company than rising to an occasion like this to save thousands of lives. We have been supported extremely well by the members and leaders of the Consortium companies, our suppliers, UK Government, and other business partners. We take this opportunity to thank each one of them. We commit ourselves to do everything required and continue to provide high quality medical devices.”
Penlon faced several challenges during the project such as sourcing large volumes of components from across different parts of the world given the lockdown implementation by several countries. Other challenges included working with several members of consortium and aligning them on production process. All of this was managed in record time to supply 11,683 units to UK Government in 15 weeks.