Romar and the NOTUS Emergency Invasive Ventilator Program
As a leader in industrial and advanced manufacturing, Romar has diverse capability across medical device manufacturing, elastomers, silicone and additive manufacturing. We benefit from cutting-edge technology and facilities – and we enjoy fruitful collaborations with national partners.
Most recently, we were invited to join the NOTUS Emergency Invasive Ventilator Program, a Grey Innovation led initiative supported by the Australian Government, Victorian Government and Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre.
This is an exciting project for the design and manufacture of Australian-made ventilators to address the critical shortfall among hospitals spurred by COVID-19. The project will showcase Romar’s unique capability and internationally recognised expertise – a real win-win for the local manufacturing industry.
About the project
In early April, Industry minister Karen Andrews announced $31m in Federal government support for the Grey Innovation consortium, which will produce and supply 2,000 invasive ventilators by the end of July. The announcement followed a pledge from the Victorian Government for $500,000 in state government funding to support the project.
Romar has been selected to provide the bulk of the specialised silicone components for the project.
In speaking about the project, Ms Andrews emphasised that it was a positive demonstration of local collaboration and capability.
“This deal (is) a reflection of the highly advanced manufacturing capability that exists in our country,” said Andrews. “It also shows the incredible collaborative spirit that’s been on display as we respond to this unprecedented pandemic. Companies which are normally in competition are working together for the greater good.”
Key players coming together
Grey Innovation is a medical technology commercialisation company that has brought together some 30 Australian companies to complete this vast, cooperative manufacturing project valued at more than $31 million.
In addition to Romar, other major companies include Bosch Australia and Planet Innovations. A medical and clinical advisory team was established for the project made up of senior figures from medical units at the University of Melbourne, Monash University, Swinburne University of Technology and the Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand.
Professor Bruce Thompson, Dean of School of Health Sciences at Swinburne, said the ventilator design was selected due to its lightness, portability and ease of use for the medical teams. “Grey Innovation has done an incredible job in bringing everyone together to make it happen; government, local businesses, clinicians. It’s amazing what can be achieved in the wake of a global crisis such as this.”
Romar showcasing advanced capability
Romar is delighted to be part of the NOTUS Emergency Invasive Ventilator Program, a Grey Innovation led initiative supported by the Australian Government, Victorian Government and Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre.
The project showcases technical manufacturing capabilities and standing among national and international manufacturers. We are very proud to work with such organisations and to be part of a collaboration that showcases exceptional Australian manufacturing.