Mahindra & Mahindra in partnership with two public sector units is working with an existing manufacturer of high-spec ventilators to help them simplify design and scale up capacity, said Pawan Goenka, managing director of Mahindra & Mahindra a few days after the chairman Anand Mahindra announced that the group will offer all possible support to deal with COVID-19 contagion.
Goenka in a tweet said Mahindra is overwhelmed with pouring in of support from individuals and companies for its effort to make available ventilators.
He informed," The company is adopting two pronged approach. At one end, we along with two large PSUs are working with An existing manufacturer of high spec ventilators to help them to simplify design and scale up capacity. Our engineering team is right now with them working on it."
Mahindra is also working on an automated version of the Bag Valve Mask ventilator (commonly known as Ambu bag).
The company hopes to have a proto-type ready in three days for approval. Once proven this design will be made available to all for manufacturing, informed the MD of the company.
Anand Mahindra recently announced that he has decided to offer his 100% salary to deal with the rising menace of Corona virus and directed his group to immediately begin work on manufacturing of ventilators at its own factories as Covid-19 appears to be reaching the stage 3 of transmission.
The chairman of US$ 20.7 billion Group added that Mahindra Holidays will offer resorts as temporary care facilities and the group's project team stands ready to assist the Govt/Army in erecting the temporary care facilities.
The Mahindra Foundation will create a fund to assist the hardest hit in our value chain (small businesses and the self employed)
"We will encourage associates to voluntarily contribute this fund. I will contribute 100% of my salary to it and will add more over the next few months. I will urge all our various businesses to also set aside contributions for those who are the hardest hit in their ecosystem," he assured.