Yorkshire supercar manufacturer donates protective equipment to hospital

South Yorkshire based supercar manufacturer McLaren has donated face masks, gloves and overalls to a Sheffield hospital in its latest effort in the fight against coronavirus.

McLaren Composites Technology Centre in Catcliffe, Rotherham. Picture: Chris Etchels

The manufacturer, which opened the McLaren Composites Technology Centre in Catcliffe, Rotherham, in 2018, is also part of a consortium of companies producing ventilators.

The site, which employs more than 100 people, donated 100 face masks, 35 boxes of gloves and 30 overalls to Northern General Hospital.

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Plant Director at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre, Wes Jacklin, said: “We’ve donated our masks, gloves and overalls to our local Northern General Hospital.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge opened the McLaren Composites Technology Centre in 2018. Picture: Dave Poucher

“Alongside staying at home, it’s one small way we can help support our hard-working NHS front line staff in their battle against Coronavirus.”

As part of the VentilatorUK consortium, McLaren is using its engineering expertise to design and build ‘end of line’ test equipment to ensure that the ventilator units meet all of the specified functional and safety requirements.

It is also its machine shop to make ventilator components.

Its McLaren Automotive branch is duplicating and expanding the production of existing devices to meet demand and designing bespoke trolleys on which the ventilators are fixed for use in clinical settings.

Its planning, project management and purchasing teams are also involved, procuring all parts to help ramp-up production of one of the ventilator designs, while other teams are supporting the ventilator device build assessments, in particular around electronics.