of the huge losses that the auto industry is incurring because plant shutdowns
as a result of the country-wide lockdown in the midst of coronavirus or
covid-19 fears, several auto companies and auto component manufacturers have
come forward to make life saving products for healthcare like ventilators,
protective clothing and face masks in
order to combat the dreaded coronavirus disease.
companies that have pledged their services for healthcare products include Mahindra & Mahindra, Maruti Suzuki
India Ltd (MSIL), Krishna Maruti Limited and Bharat Seats. Globally too,
companies like Ford Motor Company and
General Motors have made known their decision to manufacturer healthcare
products like ventilators and face masks at their plants. Ford has already
started production of some of the products at their plants.
MAHINDRA & MAHINDRA
Goenka, Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra, has in three different
tweets talked about the company’s plans to manufacture critical ventilators for
those severely affected by coronavirus.
at Mahindra are overwhelmed with the pouring in of support from individuals and
companies for our effort to make available ventilators. Thank you all. As many
are curious to know the status, I am using this medium to update,” Goenka said
in his first tweet. In his second tweet he said that his company along with two
large PSUs is working with an existing manufacturer of high spec ventilators to
help them to simplify design and scale up capacity. Our engineering team is
right now with them working on it.
third tweet mentioned that his company is working on an automated version of
the big valve mask ventilator which is commonly known as Ambu bag. We hope to
have a proto ready in 3 days for approval. Once proven this design will be made
available to all for manufacturing, he wrote.
fact, the social media savvy M&M Chairman Anand Mahindra had in his tweet a
few days back disclosed that his company would make ventilators and more
importantly the Mahindra Group is ready
to offer its resorts Mahindra Holidays as temporary care facilities. Now that
really sounds magnanimous.
the request of the Government of India, Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL)
examined its ability to assist in the production of ventilators, masks and
other protective equipment. An arrangement has been entered into with AgVa Healthcare,
an existing approved manufacturer of ventilators. MSIL would work with AgVa
Healthcare to rapidly scale up production of ventilators. The intention is to
reach a volume of 10,000 units per month.
Healthcare would be responsible for the technology, performance and related
matters for all the ventilators produced and sold by them. MSIL would use its
suppliers to produce the required volume of components and use its experience
and knowledge to upgrade systems for the production and quality control of the
higher volumes. Any other assistance required would also be provided. MSIL
would also help, to the required extent to arrange financing, and obtain all
permissions and approvals required to enable the higher production. MSIL would
provide these services free of cost to AgVa Healthcare.
KRISHNA MARUTI LIMITED
Maruti Limited, a joint venture of MSIL with Ashok Kapur, would be
manufacturing 3-ply masks for supply to the Haryana and Central governments.
Production is expected to start as soon as all approvals are received. Ashok
Kapur will provide 2 million masks free of cost as his own contribution.
BHARAT SEATS LIMITED, a joint venture
of MSIL with the Relan family, would be manufacturing protective clothing as
soon as all approvals are in place.
manufacturing units would take maximum care to protect the safety and health of
the workers in accordance with the government recommended practices.
GLOBAL AUTO COMPANIES GET INTO HELATHCARE DEVICES
as these Indian automotive companies begin to make these critical healthcare
devices, FORD MOTOR COMPANY has joined hands with firms
including 3M and GE Healthcare to lend its manufacturing and engineering
expertise to quickly expand production of urgently needed medical equipment and
supplies for healthcare workers, first responders and patients fighting
plans to assemble more than 100,000 face shields per week and leverage its
in-house 3D printing capability to produce components for use in personal
protective equipment. The face shields fully block the face and eyes from
accidental contact with liquids and when paired with N95 respirators can be a
more effective way to limit potential exposure to coronavirus than N95
team members are working with 3M to increase the manufacturing capacity of
their powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) designs and working jointly to
develop a new design leveraging parts from both companies to meet the surge
demand for first responders and health care workers. This new respirator could
be produced in a Ford facility by UAW workers.
go as fast as possible, the Ford and 3M teams have been resourcefully locating
off-the-shelf parts like fans from the Ford F-150’s cooled seats for airflow,
3M HEPA air filters to filter airborne contaminants such as droplets that carry
virus particles and portable tool battery packs to power these respirators for
up to eight hours.
is looking at how it might produce these new-generation PAPRs in one of its
Michigan manufacturing facilities, helping 3M boost production potentially
addition, Ford and GE Healthcare are working together to expand production of a
simplified version of GE Healthcare’s existing ventilator design to support
patients with respiratory failure or difficulty breathing caused by COVID-19.
These ventilators could be produced at a Ford manufacturing site in addition to
a GE location.
GM AND VENTEC LIFE SYSTEMS, in cooperation with
StopTheSpread.org, the nation's coordinated private sector response to the
COVID-19, are collaborating to enable Ventec to increase production of its
respiratory care products to support the growing fight against the COVID-19
pandemic. Ventec will leverage GM’s logistics, purchasing and manufacturing
expertise to build more of their critically important ventilators. To support these efforts, StopTheSpread.org
will continue to unite business leaders across the country to collect resources
to complement and support government efforts.
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