Maruti Suzuki joint venture, Krishna Maruti has handed over the first batch of 200,000 units of triple-ply face masks to the Gurugram Administration. The face masks were handed over to Amit Khatri, IAS, District Magistrate, Gurugram and VS Kundu, ACS Haryana and CEO, GMDA by Ram Natarajan, ED & CEO, Maruti Krishna on behalf of Ashok Kapur, Chairman Krishna Group, in the presence of Rajiv Gandhi, Member Executive Board, Maruti Suzuki.
Maruti Suzuki got a request from the Haryana and the Central Government around March-end if it could use its production infrastructure in developing and producing protective face masks in large numbers in the fight against Covid-19. The manufacturing of a car uses a vast number of materials, production processes and technologies across its value chain.
After intensive work by engineers of Maruti Suzuki and Krishna Group with almost hourly monitoring by Maruti Suzuki management and active support by Department of Textiles, Government of India, the mask was finally approved by SITRA laboratory. Before handing over, a few days of mass production was undertaken to gain confidence in the manufacturing set-up.
Speaking on the initiative, Ashok Kapur, Chairman, Krishna Group said “It is a time of national crisis and this is our duty to the nation. We have committed 1 million masks each to Haryana and Gujarat Governments. I am also planning to import some machines and produce N-95 masks. All important safety and physical distancing guidelines have been observed while manufacturing these masks to ensure the safety of all the staff.”
Kenichi Ayukawa, managing director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India, added that, “We had committed to support the Government with protection gear and masks even though the test specifications and process technology were not known. My message to all our teams was - some doctor, some nurse will be depending upon our product, so please give top priority to quality and performance testing. Mr Kapur and his team have been successful. ”
Amit Khatri, IAS, District Magistrate, Gurugram, complimented the initiative and said, “My compliments to Maruti Suzuki and Krishna Maruti for this very timely assistance which will come very handy not just for Gurugram but for the entire State in this time of crisis.”