But we realise we have a responsibility to do more than that. And as our success over the years has been built on the foundation provided by our engineering capabilities and R&D expertise, harnessing these talents within our business to support the medical fightback against coronavirus was a natural evolution.
Our R&D teams in Spain have been exploring the potential of 3D printing for steel solutions for some time. And last week, after being contacted by Spain’s national representative for the global Makers Movement they put their 3D printing expertise to valuable use, playing an integral role in the development of a ventilator prototype. The ventilator will be tested in hospital in the coming days in order to obtain the medical validation for use. Work is also underway to establish the supply chain required to begin printing ventilators so they can be used by those who need them most and ease the burden on healthcare workers.