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Vyaire Medical has initiated manufacturing and supply collaboration with Spirit AeroSystems to scale up critical care ventilator production at a converted facility in Wichita, Kansas, US, amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The temporary partnership will enable Vyaire to swiftly build critical care ventilators to meet unusual demand for ventilation equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It follows the company’s move to accelerate the production of ventilators and other related respiratory equipment at its main production facilities in North America.

Vyaire CEO Gaurav Agarwal said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has upended our way of life, but this is our opportunity to meet the needs of the American people with this partnership.

“Spirit’s breadth of technical capability, manufacturing prowess and skilled workforce make them ideally suited to support us in scaling our operations to meet this unprecedented demand.”

Headquartered in Wichita, Spirit AeroSystems designs and manufactures aerostructure for commercial and defence aircraft.

The company holds expertise in industrialising and building at high production rates. Moreover, it has an experienced workforce of mechanics, machinists, factory managers and supply chain professionals.

Currently, the team is preparing the facilities with production materials, critical equipment and building infrastructure to enable manufacturing lines. The design of the production system is also underway.

The company plans to assign approximately 700 employees for the special project as the production increases.

Spirit AeroSystems president and CEO Tom Gentile said: “This collaboration is an opportunity for Spirit to help at a time when our nation needs it most.

“We are honoured to bring our industrial capabilities and skilled workforce to help Vyaire scale up quickly to produce much-needed ventilators during this pandemic.”

Meanwhile, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently chosen Vyaire to deliver 22,000 of its LTV2 2200 ventilators to the US Strategic National Stockpile.

The company is also working with clients in the state and private hospital and health system to ensure ventilator supply to the regions most affected by Covid-19.