The Oxfordshire company making 15,000 ventilators for the NHS

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An Oxfordshire company is playing a vital role in saving the lives of those hospitalised with coronavirus.

Penlon in Abingdon is making 15,000 ventilators for the NHS.

It follows an urgent call by the Government, at the beginning of the pandemic, for British industry to help meet demand.

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Interviewees: Guru Krishnamoorthy, Chief Executive, Penlon & Tim Rance, Production Manager, Penlon & Martyn White, Production Engineer, Penlon

Penlon's factory has been making specialist medical equipment for decades.

It is that expertise that led to them getting the biggest commission for new ventilators in the UK during this crisis.

The company has been helped by some of the biggest firms in the South East including BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Airbus.

The motor racing team at McLaren is also assisting by making the trolleys.

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Normally Penlon has 55 staff working in production, but since the order, they have more than 455 staff working in shifts.

It means they can do six months work in just one day.

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The factory is the final step in the process, where the machines are put through rigorous testing before being packed up and shipped.

Martyn White works at the factory and knows more than most the importance of his work, as his three daughters are all nurses working on the frontline.

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