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COVID-19 ACTION
70 GTMA suppliers join Medical Cluster
to help the battle against Covid-19
CALL FOR HELP IS ANSWERED BY SUPPLIER BASE
Seventy GTMA suppliers have stepped forward to help the UK's effort to manu- facture ventilators for the coronavirus pandemic.
Several are now actively involved in a con- sortium based around the expertise in the UK-based Formula 1 engineering teams set up to design and develop ventilators to help patients breath during the Covid-19 contagion.
The 70 have joined a GTMA Medical Cluster formed in response to an approach for help from the University College London (UCL) which formed a consortium based around the F1 teams.
Its aim is to raise the UK capability/capacity to produce ventilators from the hundreds, woefully short of the government's estimated NHS requirement of 30,000.
Professor Tim Baker at the UCL contacted GTMA on March 17.
First GTMA obtained the specification of the UCL's requirements and, from the outset, recognised the challenge faced by the requirement to produce at such a scale.
CLEAR TIMELINES
The timelines were clear and then began a detailed survey of GTMA suppliers to align them under the Medical Cluster. This exer- cise highlighted who could do what and when, and this was taken by UCL so it had a 'pick-list' source for services and products.
What started with 40 suppliers had grown to 70 by the point when the devices gained approval for manufacture.
During the first week of procurement several
GTMA member companies were contacted to quote for work and are now working in the manufacturing supply chain.
Additional companies wishing to engage with the programme should in the first instance email Alan Arthur, GTMA's Chief Technical Officer at alan@gtma.co.uk
MEDICAL CLUSTER
The Medical Cluster continues to grow and GTMA remains aligned to the UCL for further procurement.
  GTMA CAN HELP you to remain in touch even while events and significant exhibitions have been postponed.
Your feature or your profile in this magazine and/or on the GTMA website (www.gtma.co.uk) can provide you with a place on the internet for your Press releases, case studies, technical papers, new prod- uct/services announcements, even your brochures and catalogues can be loaded onto our website.
Just think we can load these onto your own GTMA profile site, and even onto our GTMA home page if you have a significant new launch.
In addition we will post these through our Linkedin and Twitter accounts. We will do this automatically for you.
Images will also be uploaded to our GTMA Pinterest & Instagram accounts - just give us your caption and it is done.
Remember that your profile already on the website is a window to a 365 day advertise- ment and we give you the information of companies that review your page as soon as they arrive on your page.
By directing your marketing through our digi- tal marketing programme (Website & Social
Media) this will enable all our members to maintain a PR/marketing presence through these difficult times and could potentially give you a competitive edge.
We are offering all our members increased marketing opportunities during this difficult time.
• So remember the internet: During these difficult times GTMA can provide you with a regular programme to showcase your company. Contact david@gtma.co.uk
Julia Moore,
GTMA Chief Executive
KEEPING IN TOUCH
It's easy! Just tell us your news and we will send it out on the Internet
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