Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (M&M) has teamed up with two state-owned companies or public sector undertakings (PSUs) to work with an undisclosed manufacturer to simplify design and scale-up production of ventilators amid a surge in cases of Covid-19 in the country, a top company executive said on Thursday.
“At one end, we along with 2 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,” Pawan Goenka, managing director, M&M, said in a tweet.
“At the other end, we are working on an automated version of the bag valve mask ventilator (commonly known as Ambu bag). We hope to have a prototype ready in 3 days for approval. Once proven, this design will be made available to all for manufacturing,” Goenka added.
The pandemic has spread across 175 countries, with nearly half a million affected and the death toll at 21,293. In India, cases have surged past 650, with a number of deaths at 13. On March 22, Anand Mahindra, Chairman Mahindra Group, had offered to assist the government with manufacturing ventilators and opening up resorts owned by Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd for setting up temporary care facilities.