Hyundai Motor India has partnered French multinational Air Liquide Medical Systems (ALMS), which manufacturers ICU Ventilators, to augment the production and supply of ventilators in Tamil Nadu and other states. Under the partnership, Hyundai Motor India and Air Liquide aim to produce 1,000 ventilators in Phase 1 and scale up subsequently.
It maybe recollected that when France was faced with the compelling need for more respirators for its territory, the French government has asked, on March 22, a group of French industrial companies led by Air Liquide to study the possibility of increasing the production of respirators so as to provide 10,000 respirators in 50 days, between the beginning of April and mid-May.
Ventilators play a crucial support role for patients severely affected by Covid-19, and are critical to ensure continuous oxygen is supplied to overcome respiratory insufficiency.
Commenting on this arrangement with Air Liquide Medical Systems, SS Kim, MD and CEO, Hyundai Motor India said, “Ventilators and other respiratory aids are critical devices in the fight against Covid-19 and to this end, Hyundai and Air Liquide Medical Systems are working together to ensure a steady supply of ventilators in India. As a socially responsible and caring brand, Hyundai is committed to serving society in every way and will continue to support the government in India’s war against Covid-19.”
Anil Kumar, MD, Air Liquide Medical Systems India, said, “As a company that engages in supporting the healthcare professionals and systems worldwide, we have initiated a prompt response towards the fight against Covid-19 in support of the government of India. We are confident that this collaboration with Hyundai Motor India will bring about a positive shift in this battle. We are one of the very few global companies with a dedicated R&D to manufacture ventilators in India. Air Liquide Medical Systems is employing all the resources available to manufacture innovative, easy-to use and high-performing ventilators and will hold the reins to deliver quality service across the country during this time of need, and to spearhead the Make-in-India initiative.”
Hyundai says with its global vision of ‘Progress for Humanity’, it will continue to support the government of India with multiple CSR initiatives for the betterment of society and communities.