The Staffordshire-based digger company, JCB, says it's ready to re-open a factory that closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, in order to help manufacture more ventilators.
JCB received a direct appeal from Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this month and it's now formed part of a national effort to produce the equipment.
It's believed that the company will be responsible for building the metal housing for a ventilator which has been designed by Dyson.
Mass production of the housings could start at its re-purposed cab production line in Uttoxeter, "in a matter of days", JCB said.
The consortium, which also includes Rolls-Royce, is ready to start producing medical devices under the name Project Oyster. It's also scaling-up production of an existing design, known as Project Penguin.
The devices take over the body's breathing function, pushing air into the lungs while a person is seriously ill with Covid-19, giving the patient time to fight the infection and recover.
The Ventilator Challenge UK consortium said it has taken about a week to meet exacting specifications developed by clinicians for a rapidly manufactured ventilator system.
On Monday, the consortium, which also includes several UK-based Formula One teams including McLaren, Mercedes and Williams, said it has received a formal order for 10,000 devices and could produce more, if needed.
There is expectation of a "straightforward and very prompt regulatory sign-off" among the consortium, following a final audit, with production understood to be ready to start this week.