Wire manufactured in the West Midlands is helping support the UK’s unprecedented drive to build more ventilators.
Alloy Wire International has been commissioned to produce more than 5 kilometers of material that will be used to produce crucial parts for use in life-saving equipment destined for the groundbreaking Nightingale Hospital in London.
The company, which holds more than 200 tonnes of EU/DFARS compliant stock at any one time, put its Emergency Manufacturing Service (EMS) into action to meet the urgent requirements of a spring maker that is supplying into the VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium to assist in the ramp-up of Smiths and Penlon Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator Systems.
Interest has also come from North America and South Korea, with AWI supplying urgent quantities of custom-made Inconel spring wire and 316v Stainless Steel to a spring maker in Wisconsin and a major medical centre in Seoul respectively.
In addition to the projects, AWI is also providing wire that goes into electric heating elements used for medical plastic forming and for the critical sterilization of vital equipment.