Johnson Matthey is helping to provide increased numbers of ventilator components in Europe through its customer, Hoerbiger Flow Control in the light of the coronavirus crisis.

Governments are asking manufacturers to find ways to dramatically increase production to prepare for the peak of infections and help protect lives.

JM says it has “many roles to play in this,” one of which is through the supply of piezo products, key parts of the ventilator supply chain.

Hoerbiger Flow Control, based in Germany, provides technologies centred around pneumatic and hydraulics products, which control fluidic flow. One of their products is the piezoelectric valve which ventilators need to be able to function.

Due to that, Hoerbiger Flow Control has been designated an essential business, and is seeing increased demand for these particular products from countries across Europe.

Piezo products use physical properties of materials JM produces, which means when an electrical voltage is applied to the electrodes, the material will change shape. JM is a supplier of piezo products and its team creates piezo ceramic bending actuators, which enable Hoerbiger’s valves to open and close.

“It’s gratifying to realise products we make on a daily basis are going to such an important cause,” said Piezo Products business manager, Michael Riedel.

“The team in Redwitz has been working hard to deliver on the promise we’ve made to our valued customer, Hoerbiger.”