In talks with 3 medical device companies to make ventilators: MG Motor India

NEW DELHI: MG India engine is in talks with three medical device manufacturers, including GE, to produce ventilators at their Halol facility to help meet demand during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a senior company official.

The company, which has also launched a low-cost search. fan design through a challenge, is also developing its own fan and hopes to be ready with a prototype within a week as part of its three-pronged approach to get into fan manufacturing considering the shortage during this health crisis.

We are talking to medical equipment companies like GE and some other companies, which already have established and approved designs. If you can tell us, then we can start manufacturing based on your design at our plant. MG engine President of India and Managing Director Rajeev Chaba he said to PTI.

He also said that the three companies have responded positively and that it may be the fastest solution if there is already a design approved by the medical body and everything is in place.

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Besides, he said, "In the last 10 days, our engineering team is busy making a prototype . I'm happy to say that we have already made the drawings and everything. We have talked to the medical experts, our prototype should be ready in the next one week. If that prototype is approved, then our own designed fan can be manufactured by MG in India."

However, this approach will take longer as it needs regulatory approvals, he added.

The company also announced a Rs 10 lakh grant through its challenge to youth and young engineers that if they want to do a low-cost design, we will help them, Chaba said.

On the manufacturing of fan s, he said MG India engine will create infrastructure at its Halol facility and would even carve out a separate unit if need be.

"If the car demand is not too much in future then my existing manpower can work on this project. We may have to have some new capex for this kind of a thing, although I don't know exactly how does that look like. But then we will look at putting the right capex into this project to make the fan s," he said.

On the other hand, Chaba said if the demand for the company's vehicles continues and have waiting period as it is now and "if our people get busy making the cars, I feel we would carve out a separate unit for fan s."

If we have to recruit more people, we will do it to have more people into this project because this virus is not going to go away in the next three years or so, he said, stressing that even if vaccines are developed for the coronavirus it is going to take long to make them available at a mass scale.

He further said in India at the moment there is a huge gap between demand and supply for fan s.

We do not want to do this as a for-profit company. If we can keep it low-cost and operate in balance and supply the community, the government, it will be a great service, Chaba said.