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Arvind and ACT Grants partner to support self-sufficiency in N95 masks

Our Bureau, Bengaluru
Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 17:50 Hrs  [IST]

Arvind, one of India’s largest textile-to-retail conglomerate and ACT Grants have partnered to produce 30 million N95 masks in the next 12 months.

In this regard, Arvind received a grant of Rs. 100 million from ACT Grants, the non-profit coalition of VC funds and start-up founders,. It will employ its manufacturing expertise on medical products and working capital to create a large, integrated facility for N95 mask production and distribution. Through this partnership, Arvind and ACT Grants will jointly donate 9 million masks over the next year to charitable institutions, government bodies, and other organisations.

Upon complete scale-up, the daily N95 mask production capacity will be approximately 2 lakh units which would be operated, owned and managed by Arvind. The N95 masks will be available through Arvind Advanced Material Distribution which partners with direct sales channels to government, hospitals, and other corporates.

Further, Arvind Advanced Materials is a large manufacturer of PPE coveralls and face masks which are certified by BIS and global agencies.

According to Punit Lalbhai, executive director, Arvind Limited, the N95 masks are made through completely automated machines where raw materials play a critical part in maintaining quality of the product. A detailed quality management system including product and process has been implemented, to ensure quality and consistent manufacturing.

Apurv Bansal, ACT Spokesperson said that its partners have already provided over 3 lakh PPE and over 15 lakh masks to hospitals, police and frontline workers across 20 states of India. We evaluated several partners for manufacturing the masks, but, based on credibility, scale, and reasonable certainty of launching N95 within the time-frame that ACT wanted, Arvind was selected as the appropriate/best partner.


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