Maruti partners with AgVa Healthcare to build ventilators

Marco Green
March 29, 2020

MSIL states that it will also do the legwork with regards to financing, obtaining permissions, etc., and that these services will be provided free of cost to AgVa Healthcare.

A ventilator is a mechanical breathing device that can blow air and oxygen into the lungs and are critical in the treatment of people with lung failure, a complication suffered by patients with severe COVID-19. A final version which will be developed in consultation with experts will be ready in the next few days and will be put into production shortly. However, there is a subtle increment in the number of affected cases in the country. Already Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has announced that it expects to come up with a sophisticated ventilator at just Rs 7,500, which otherwise costs up to Rs 10 lakh.

Tata Motors has set up a team to look into the government's demands for ventilators, masks and sanitizers. Responses to a detailed questionnaire sent to Mahindra are awaited.

After receiving a request from the Government of India, Maruti Suzuki assessed its ability and resources to mass-produce ventilators and made a decision to sign an agreement with AgVa to scale up its production capacity.

Besides, Krishna Maruti Limited, a joint venture of MSI with Ashok Kapur, will be manufacturing 3-ply masks for supply to Haryana and the central government.

As per the sources, the production will start as soon as the company gets approval from the government.

Hyundai India has placed an order for advanced diagnostic kits from South Korea which will serve over 25,000 people. Ashok Kapur, Chairman and Managing Director of the company will provide 2 million masks free of cost.

As for personal protection equipment or PPE, Bharat Seats Limited, a joint venture of MSIL with the Relan family, is awaiting necessary approvals to begin the manufacturing.

"As part of our global direction "Progress for Humanity", Hyundai is committed to support Government of India's spirited fight against COVID-19 crisis". "All manufacturing units would take maximum care to protect the safety and health of the workers in accordance with the government recommended practices", the company said.

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