Workers from Vauxhall’s Luton plant have been shifted to a local business to boost ventilator production in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Vauxhall is providing 22 staff to the Luton site of Smiths Medical, a division of Smiths Group plc, which is being tasked with significantly increasing production of Smiths Group’s paraPAC plus ventilator.
The staff – 20 assemblers, plus a team leader and supervisor – were chosen due to their specialist skills and will work on a static production line, conducting in-line quality testing while respecting strict Covid-19 protocols.
Julian Fagge, strategy and M&A director, Smiths Group, said: “On behalf of Smiths, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to Vauxhall for joining the fight against this terrible disease. This initiative is part of the extraordinary efforts being made by British industry to help maximise production of ventilators and save lives.”
The secondment lasts until 31 July.