Urgent: manufacturing ventilators in a time of crisis 
20 March 2020

The Coronavirus is likely to result in a need for hundreds of thousands of ventilators worldwide: data shows 5-10 % of people infected need to be supported on ventilators for two to three weeks.

Our company has extensive machining capability: with our 70 CNC lathes and machining centres, we can manufacture a wide range of mechanical components.

We know nothing about making ventilators, but we can help. If you have ventilator expertise, please fill out this form and join with us so that together we can manufacture the thousands of ventilators that may be needed. If there are any further questions, please email vesconite@vesconite.com

Best wishes

Dr Jean-Patrick Leger
Chief Executive Officer
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PS: In South Africa alone our population is 58 million. If 10% of the population is infected (5.8 million), my estimate (based on Italy with 7% of cases critical) is there may be a need for 400,000 ventilators. 

To listen to a report from “the front line”, here is a New York Times interview with the head of the respiratory unit of an Italian hospital: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/podcasts/the-daily/italy-coronavirus.html

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