In a bid to support India’s drive towards self-sufficiency in N95 masks, Bengaluru based textile company
Arvind Limited and ACT Grants have partnered to produce 30 million N95 masks over the next 12
Arvind Limited has received a grant of Rs 100 million from ACT Grants, the non-profit coalition of VC
funds and start-up founders, and will employ its manufacturing expertise on Medical Products and
Working Capital to create a large, integrated facility for N95 mask production and distribution.
Arvind and ACT Grants will jointly donate 9 million masks over the next year to charitable institutions,government bodies, and other organisations, focusing on medical and non-medical professionals with the highest risk of contracting the virus, a released issued by the company stated.
The partnership is a swift response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to make wearing masks
compulsory for the general public. 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. This capacity
would bridge the gap in supply and edge India towards self-sufficiency in N95 masks, the release added.
Punit Lalbhai, Executive Director, Arvind Limited, said, “Arvind has been manufacturing PPEs for various industries for over a decade and we believe we can use this expertise to produce N95 masks when the country’s huge demand needs to be met with. N95 masks are made through completely automated
machines where raw materials play a critical part in maintaining quality of the product. Arvind, due to its long experience in non-woven material is able to understand, test and source quality material.
He added that a detailed Quality Management System including product and process has been
implemented, to ensure quality and consistent manufacturing and that ACT upfront supported Arvind in
setting up this project in record time.
Apurv Bansal, Spokesperson from ACT Grants, said ACT and 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 and that several partners were evaluated for manufacturing the masks.
“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. We are excited to partner with Arvind
and together, we can act as a force multiplier in the fight against the COVID-19. This partnership
with Arvind will allow us to make 10x the impact in protecting our frontlines and provide high quality,
locally manufactured BIS certified N95 masks in India. ACT will work with partner NGOs & Foundations to make these N95 masks available free of cost,” Bansal said.
By: Murtuza Merchant