Dräger is seeing a significant increase in worldwide demand for its critical care ventilators, accessories, and personal protective equipment, and is expanding its production capacities.

The company said it has significantly expanded its production capacities in recent weeks. “Our production facilities for respiratory masks in Sweden and South Africa are working at full capacity and are running around the clock. …We are currently producing almost twice as many ventilators as before. We are working flat out to expand our production capacities even further,

“Our goal is to maintain business operations with the purpose to fulfill our duty to provide our technology for life to as many as needed. This motivates us to give our best every day, even in these difficult times,” said Stefan Dräger, Chairman of the Executive Board of Drägerwerk Verwaltungs AG.

“At the same time, it is our duty of care to provide our employees with the best possible protection. This presents us with challenges that we reassess and solve every day.”

The company has recently received major orders from the German Federal Ministry of Health to supply ventilators and monitors, plus international orders and deliveries of personal protective equipment and ventilators, which are significantly higher than in the previous year, the company said. “Yesterday alone, for example, Dräger shipped over 100 ventilators from Germany to Italy,” the company said in a statement.

The company also said it continues to support existing equipment and is maintaining its on-site service in hospitals.

“I am aware that despite all our efforts we can only partially meet the current demand in the world. And believe me, we would like to do even more. But I can assure you: We do what we can. Our thoughts are with the doctors, nurses and rescue workers who are currently doing a great job for patients and society at large,” Stefan Dräger said.