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Tech Startups transform India from importer to second largest manufacturer of PPEs

02 January 2021: India had been importing PPEs at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, a range of low cost innovative technologies developed and scaled up by start-ups from different corners of the country played a crucial role in India emerging globally as a the second largest Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) manufacturer in the world’s battle against COVID 19. PPEs like masks, face shields especially those used by medical professionals as protection from infection as they tackle the health emergency is a crucial shield in the battle against COVID 19.

Many of these start-ups were supported by the Department of Science and Technology under the Centre for Augmenting WAR with COVID-19 Health Crisis (CAWACH) initiative by National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB).

Mahindra Group took the machine to their plant and started manufacturing masks during the lockdown and leveraged its supply chain to meet the urgent requirement of masks. Saral Design Solutions a Mumbai based company that had earlier developed the world’s first fully automatic sanitary napkin making machine to produce these essentials locally, repurposed their machine to make 3 ply surgical masks.

The fully automatic 3 ply mask making machine called SWACHH enables production of mask locally and hence obviates the necessity of transportation. It produces high quality South India Textile Research Association (SITRA) certified masks with Spunmelt (SSMMS) based filter and nose wire at very low cost and employs local people in the process.

Printalytix Pvt. Ltd, Bengaluru, has developed three products for protection against infection – protective face shields, contactless door opener and intubation boxes. To help medical professionals collect oral swabs without infecting themselves, ComofiMedtech has developed theNT-Mask which is a transparent N95 mask.

Nanoclean Global based in New Delhi has developed Nasomask, N95/FFP2 grade face mask using nanofibers which is highly efficient against contagious viruses has high breathability and negligible breathing resistance.

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