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A ventilator needs 5,000 parts, 300 assemblies: Maruti, M&M drove in different tracks to find them

Ventilators are complicated devices. Due to their vast manufacturing experience, automakers were a natural choice for making them. While Maruti joined hands with a startup, M&M put its R&D strength to use and is planning to utilise one of its plants for testing and manufacturing. Both have achieved 70% localisation, making their products affordable.
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A worker at AgVa Healthcare in Noida makes portable ventilators during the lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus. Getty Images
A worker at AgVa Healthcare in Noida makes portable ventilators during the lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.
In early March, when India’s healthcare system was gasping to bridge the ballooning gap between the demand and supply of medical devices, the needle stopped at automobile companies. Union health ministry officials called all automakers for a meeting on March 23 and asked them to locally make ventilators and other medical devices needed to fight Covid-19. Although automakers
PPE makers in the country grew from zero to 300 in a couple of months. The current shortage for medical devices could be an opportunity for domestic firms to step up their manufacturing and technical capabilities and reduce the country’s dependence on imports. The automakers have shown the way. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)
In early March, when India’s healthcare system was gasping to bridge the ballooning gap between the demand and supply of medical devices, the needle stopped at automobile companies. Union health ministry officials called all automakers for a meeting on March 23 and asked them to locally make ventilators and other medical devices needed to fight Covid-19. Although automakers PPE makers in the country grew from zero to 300 in a couple of months. The current shortage for medical devices could be an opportunity for domestic firms to step up their manufacturing and technical capabilities and reduce the country’s dependence on imports. The automakers have shown the way. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)

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