Dyson says its medical ventilators that were designed to help treat patients with coronavirus are no longer required.
The company, which is based in Malmesbury in Wiltshire, started making the machines after the Government issued an appeal to UK businesses.
Having invested more than £20million in the project, company founder Sir James Dyson said his staff had “worked around the clock” to develop the ventilators.
In a statement he confirmed he would be footing the multi-million pound bill, and that Dyson would not be accepting any public money to cover the cost of the project.
But in a note to employees, the businessman said the demand for ventilators had been less than first envisaged - and that the majority would no longer be required.
Dyson people welcomed the Government’s challenge and, working round the clock, developed an entirely new ventilator in 30 days. Mercifully, they are not now required in the UK but we don’t regret our contribution to the national effort for one moment. I have some hope that our ventilator may yet help the response in other countries but that requires further time and investigation.
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