Automobile giant Mahindra & Mahindra is fighting a multi-pronged battle when it comes to taking on the coronavirus pandemic. The company has already been working on making ventilators and face shields in its manufacturing facilities. The top management had also said that they are willing to help anyone who wants to make face masks in this battle against the pandemic. Responding to the initiative a Mumbai based start-up that makes sanitary napkins asked for Mahindra's to modify their machines to make 3-ply masks. And in 4 days flat Mahindra engineers have responded to the call and set up a manufacturing line inside Mahindra's Kandivali plant in Mumbai.
Dr. Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra and Mahindra shared the good news on Twitter. He said the manufacturing of these 3-ply masks will start on Friday and within ten days the production will be ramped to make 10,000 masks per day. He also shared these masks are UV sterilised and have a bacteria filter efficiency of 99.95%. A video of manufacturing process was also shared by him.
Contd. - Video shows the plant ready to start production of these 3-ply masks from tomorrow. Will ramp up to 10,000 per day in 10 days. Filter layer with Bacteria filter efficiency of 99.95%. UV sterilised. @saral_designs @anandmahindra @MahindraRise pic.twitter.com/SkdPHpNdZF— Pawan K Goenka (@GoenkaPk) April 2, 2020
Suhani Mohan, founder of the start-up Saral designs also shared her thoughts on how Mahindra helped them achieve this success in record time. She thanked the entire Mahindra automotive team for being immensely supportive to start production of 3-ply masks in 8 days from her first email to Anand Mahindra.
If you have to go far (& fast), go together.— Suhani Mohan (@suhani) April 2, 2020
In these testing times, the entire Mahindra automotive team @07Kalra @PD_Chavan have been immensely supportive to start production of 3 ply masks in 8 days from my first email to @anandmahindra. #collaboration #IndiaFightsCoronavirus https://t.co/idxQLAnfC4
She also said that in these testing times if you have to go far (& fast), you have to go together.