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Calm before the storm for car production as plants close
The current crisis could wipe around 200,000 cars off the UK’s output in 2020, said the SMMT. Around 1,000 fewer cars were built last month even though output for the UK market increased by 7.8% compared to February last year. Exports fell by 3.1%, to just under 95,000, said the SMMT, while UK car production declined -0.8% in February.
Government orders 10,000 ventilators from Dyson
Entrepreneur Sir James Dyson said his company designed the ‘CoVent’ medical ventilator at the request of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Gtech say a medical ventilator could be manufactured in a “matter of days”
The owner of Gtech began working on the project on Sunday when the Government’s chief commercial officer asked if the company could assist in increasing the number of ventilators in the UK.
Tech challenge launched to offer digital support during Covid-19 outbreak
A £500,000 fund has been set up by the Government, looking for solutions that can provide remote social care, optimise the care and volunteer sector, or improve mental health support, such as a tool able to locate and match qualified carers to those in need. Companies – which can bid for up to £25,000 each – will need to have their digital ideas ready to go within a few weeks.
Coronavirus vaccine trials among projects boosted by £20m government funding
Business Secretary Alok Sharma announced the recipients of the first round of funding. A total of six projects will share part of a £20 million pot made available to speed up the response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Amputees use thought to move individual fingers in bionic limb
Scientists have developed a new nerve interface technology that allows users to have greater control and precision when using prosthetic hands.
Engine troubles weigh on Rolls-Royce despite ‘good end’ to 2019
Rolls-Royce saw operation losses narrow by 27% to £852 million in 2019.
Longer-lasting, fast-charging batteries made possible using ultrasound device
Smartphone components can be used to improve the lifespan of lithium metal batteries, as well as recharge them from zero to full within 10 minutes.