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Maruti Suzuki to help produce ventilators, masks and protective equipment to fight against COVID-19

At 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 and mobilised production of ventilators, masks and PPE to support India's preparation against COVID-19, the company said in a statement.

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Last Updated: Mar 28, 2020, 12.59 PM IST
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NEW DELHI: The country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki has entered into an arrangement with AgVa Healthcare, an existing approved manufacturer of ventilators to support India's preparation against COVID-19.

At 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 and mobilised production of ventilators, masks and PPE to support India's preparation against COVID-19, the company said in a statement.

Maruti Suzuki will work with AgVa Healthcare to rapidly scale up production of ventilators. The intention is to reach a volume of 10,000 units per month.

AgVa 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, 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.

All manufacturing units would take maximum care to protect the safety and health of the workers in accordance with the government recommended practices.
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