Bosch Australia’s Manufacturing Solutions division (BAMS) has been awarded a $1m project as part of the industry consortium to build ventilators in Victoria.

The notus Emergency Invasive Ventilator Program, an initiative led by Richmond-based Grey Innovation and supported by the Victorian Government and Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC), will supply life-saving invasive ventilators and ensure Australia does not have a shortfall amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will supply 2,000 units to the Federal Government, and the Victorian Government has announced its intention to purchase another 2,000 units. Grey Innovation, a leading technology commercialisation company, has secured a licence from a prominent global manufacturer to develop ventilators in Australia.

At its headquarters in Clayton, BAMS will be manufacturing the test equipment required to check the ventilators. With a time-critical schedule, BAMS will begin delivering some items in the first week of May. With many of the associates putting their hands up to work on the project, they will be working extra shifts and weekends to meet the tight deadlines.

Gavin Smith, President of Bosch Australia, is proud the local manufacturing team can play a pivotal role in the fight against COVID-19.

“This consortium shows the strength and skill of the Australian manufacturing sector to be versatile and to work together,” said Smith. “We are proud to contribute to the highly advanced manufacturing capability in Victoria, and particularly with this project, to help in the fight against COVID-19.”

A leader in the design and development of special purpose machinery, BAMS is the preferred supplier to the med-tech, food & beverage, and advanced manufacturing industries. The Bosch Manufacturing Solutions business recently announced construction of a new $17m facility to support the expansion of its factory automation business in Australia.