Grey Innovation is pleased to advise it has delivered to the national medical stockpile the first of 2,000 ventilators ordered just a few months ago. It comes at a time when hospitals in Melbourne are experiencing a surge of new COVID-19 patients.
Executive Chairman, Jefferson Harcourt said the $31.3 million federal government supply contract sees us now manufacturing at speed. "Assembly lines are up and running at Planet Innovation in Box Hill and Medmont International in Nunawading, as part of our expert network of manufacturers and suppliers."
"We’ve seen ingenuity, resilience and extraordinary collaboration from our myriad of partners in meeting the challenges of our COVID-19 response… And we couldn’t have done it without the incredible support of the Australian government, the Victorian Government and the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre." he said.
"Grey Innovation is very proud to have a led this amazing consortium of local companies to produce the NOTUS emergency ventilator to ensure every Australian who might need a ventilator, will have one."
Federal Industry, Science and Technology Minister, Karen Andrews, said the agreement had helped Grey Innovation employ 22 new engineers with another 250 jobs created or retained across the suppliers.
"The local production of these ventilators is an outstanding example of what can be achieved when industry and government work together and draw on our highly advanced manufacturing capability", she said.
"These ventilators are available to be sent anywhere they are needed in Australia and give us an impressive reserve capacity.
"Hopefully they won't all be needed, but these machines will ensure that our hospitals are well equipped to withstand future surges in intensive care cases."
The NOTUS Emergency Invasive Ventilator Program is a Grey Innovation-led initiative, supported by the Australian Government, the Victorian Government and AMGC.