Swedish ventilator maker delays AGM

Swedish ventilator maker delays AGM

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By Nick Flaherty

One of the world’s largest makers of high end ventilator systems has postponed its Annual General Meeting as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Getinge in Sweden says it intends to hold the Annual General Meeting on June 26, 2020 instead of April 22nd.

“Based on the dissemination of COVID-19, the current notification situation and the Swedish government’s decision to ban public gatherings and events with more than 50 persons, Getinge’s Board of Directors has decided to postpone the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to a later date. The purpose is to protect the visitors at the AGM and to help to further slow down the spread in the society as well as reduce the burden on the health care,” said the company.

The company has added a second shift to its ventilator production, which is already the highest production in the world alongside Hamilton Medical in Switzerland. Further expansion will depend on the availability of components.

“The ventilators can help so many people, and right now in the troubling times of the coronavirus when people are in need of intensive care, this job is even more crucial,” said Gabriella Gabrielsson (above) who works on the production line.  “There is a big demand for ventilators and we do all we can to keep the speed up and get the job done here in the factory, so that more people can get the help they need in order to survive.”

The company makes 10,000 of its Servo U mechanical ventilators a year, and that will be increased by 60 per cent for ventilators to 1500 a month at its plant in Solna, Sweden. 

 “To meet the increased demand for ventilators we are adding a second production shift in our production facility,” said Elin Frostehav, Vice President Critical Care at Getinge. “The produced ventilators will be shipped globally based on current customer demands.”

Getinge says it will ramp up the production further, pending availability of supply parts from its sub-contractors, and ‘balanced in close collaboration’ with its suppliers.

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