Maruti Suzuki joins forces with AgVa to produce ventilators to fight Covid-19

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 28 Mar 2020


Maruti Suzuki India will work with AgVa Healthcare to rapidly scale up production of ventilators to achieve a volume of 10,000 units per month.

At the behest of the Government of India, Maruti Suzuki India has engaged itself 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. Maruti Suzuki India 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 wil be responsible for the technology, performance and related matters for all the ventilators produced and sold by them. Maruti Suzuki will 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. The carmaker will also help, to the required extent, in arranging financing, and obtain all permissions and approvals required to enable the higher production. Maruti Suzuki would provide these services free of cost to AgVa Healthcare.

Krishna Maruti, a joint venture of Maruti Suzuki India 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. Mr 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.