“Following the initial hospital ventilator production increase in late January, we decided to aggressively accelerate our hospital ventilator production as the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic began to shift from China to the west,” said Sophie Bechu, Chief Operations Officer and member of the Executive Committee, Royal Philips. “Our trusted partners Flex and Jabil will provide additional assembly lines, and equally important will help manage and support the supply of the components. Together we hope to produce as many critical care ventilators as possible to help healthcare providers across the globe treat the growing number of critical COVID-19 patients.”
“In these challenging times, we can help meet Philips’ pressing need for an almost instant increase in hospital ventilator production capacity,” said John Carlson, President of Flex Health Solutions. “Additionally, Flex has a very strong, global supply chain. We have extensive knowledge and deep relationships with key suppliers which enables us to be very successful in securing components for critical medical products.”
“As Philips is accelerating to address the unprecedented demand for hospital ventilators, it is crucial for their plans that we provide critical manufacturing and supply chain support,” said Steve Borges, CEO of Jabil Healthcare. “To this end, we are also working with multiple governments and governmental agencies in the regions in which we operate to safeguard and enhance our manufacturing operations and that of our suppliers.”
The assembly lines at Philip’s manufacturing site in western Pennsylvania (US) and at Flex focus on the production of the Philips Trilogy hospital ventilator, while the assembly lines at Philips’ site in California (US) and at Jabil focus on the production of the Philips Respironics V60 hospital ventilator.
Flex Ltd. (NASDAQ: FLEX) is the manufacturing partner of choice that helps a diverse customer base design and build products that improve the world. Through the collective strength of a global workforce across 30 countries and responsible, sustainable operations, Flex delivers technology innovation, supply chain, and manufacturing solutions to diverse industries and end markets.
Jabil (NYSE: JBL) is a manufacturing solutions provider that delivers comprehensive design, manufacturing, supply chain and product management services. Leveraging the power of over 200,000 people across 100 sites strategically located around the world, Jabil simplifies complexity and delivers value in a broad range of industries, enabling innovation, growth and customer success.