A factory in Slough has taken on 25 extra staff as it moves into a three shift 24/7 routine to help meet the vital demand for ventilators.

Ultraseal International based in Petersfield Avenue is a casting impregnation specialist company that is a key supplier in ventilator manufacturing.

Gareth Ridge, operations Manager at Ultraseal International’s Slough Service Centre, said: “The decision to ramp up our production came after the UK government’s call out to the manufacturing industry and we are delighted to be able to help with the response.

“These are challenging times for everyone, none more so than the fantastic staff at the NHS. We want to do our bit to help, and fingers crossed with more ventilators we can save more lives and get through this as soon as we can.”

The company normally operates on a two shift five day cycle.

The aluminium components which Ultraseal International process for mechanical ventilators include the housing for the screen and keyboard, along with the panels, doors and covers.

The parts are powder coated to allow them to be sterilised for use in a healthcare environment and to provide a highly durable, cosmetic finish. The Slough facility usually produces 110 component sets per week, which will now be increased to 520 sets per week.

Mr Ridge said: “The production process is labour intensive, as the high quality, medical standard, coating finish requires substantial masking before powder coating.

“Along with taking on extra staff to avoid bottlenecks, we’re also using an additional unit next to our factory.”

The factory is taking measures to keep its work force safely socially distanced - and the extra space will allow this.

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