Engineering firm supplies 120 miles of medical gas copper pipes in Covid-19 response

A family-run engineering company in Coventry has supplied more than 120 miles of medical gas copper pipes in six months as part of the fight against Covid-19.

Lawton Tubes, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018, switched the majority of its production to cater for unprecedented demand from the NHS and healthcare providers for its copper tubes that are the preferred natural, 100% recyclable, safe means of carrying medical gases from the plant room to the patient’s bed.

In the UK alone, the firm supplied enough product – laid side by side – to equal that of phase 1 of HS2, while also supporting the response of 30 countries across the world.

The fourth generation-owned business has seen export levels grow from zero to over £13.5m in just over a decade.

Rob Lawton, business development director at Lawton Tubes, said: “The biggest NHS project by far was the work we did at Nightingale Birmingham, where we successfully supplied 10 miles of our copper tube and thousands of our copper fittings for a massive medical mains gas ring.

“This represented a fantastic effort from all of our staff, with many continuing to work throughout the pandemic and going above and beyond to deliver huge volumes of products on extremely tight timescales.”

Regular investment in new warehousing, equipment and company-wide training has seen the company achieve year-on-year growth for the last decade, with turnover touching £155m and a workforce of just over 100.

Throughout its rapid expansion, the firm has been assisted by Haines Watts Chartered Accountants.