A Black Country wire manufacturer has joined the fight against covid-19 by helping to make new ventilators.
Brierley Hill-based Alloy Wire International has been commissioned to supply more than three miles of material that will be used to produce crucial parts for use in life-saving equipment destined for the Nightingale Hospital in London.
The company is working with 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 the company supplying custom-made spring wire and stainless steel to a spring maker in Wisconsin and a medical centre in Seoul respectively.
In addition to the projects it is completing for ventilator production, Alloy Wire International is providing wire to go into electric heating elements used for medical plastic forming and for the sterilisation of equipment.
Other customers still placing orders are involved in the detection of gases for hospital incubators, dental products and power generation, the company says.
Managing director Mark Venables said: “We work with over 5,000 customers every year and we knew a lot of them supplied into critical sectors that deliver essential services,
“The covid-19 pandemic has brought this sharply into view and, over the last week, we have been busy manufacturing a range of wire for companies that are playing a crucial role in supporting the frontline, often meeting extremely demanding timelines in the process.
“This has included supplying a customer that had to remake springs destined for ventilator production due to an untimely power cut while another client made a 280-mile round trip to collect its order from us.
“In both cases, we did our bit by making the wire in just two days.”