India's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki on Sunday said it has commenced work to enable two oxygen plant manufacturers in the National Capital Region (NCR) scale up production.
Maruti Suzuki has identified two companies in the NCR area - Airox Nigen Equipments and SAM Gas Projects - who are flooded with orders but have a capacity to manufacture only 5-8 plants a month, reports the Economic Times.
The company accordingly decided to use its resources to help scale-up their production. Maruti Suzuki said it started talking to these two units from 1st May and quickly reached an understanding with them.
"While technology, quality and performance, as well as all commercial matters, would remain the responsibility of the two companies, MSIL and its vendors would use their capabilities to rapidly scale up production. MSIL's involvement would be on a no profit basis", Maruti Suzuki said in a statement.
Airox has its factory in Ahmedabad and SKH Metals, a vendor, is working with them. MSIL has been able to arrange new sources for Zeolite, an imported material and critical for a oxygen PSA plant. This will be airfreighted. Compressors are another important bought-out component. Airox has already reached an output of one PSA plant a day and this number will be rapidly scaled up to 4 per day within May itself. Output in May is expected to be 50-60 plants.
SAM Gas Projects Pvt Ltd is being assisted by our vendor JBML. MSIL is helping with all critical inputs. This company is expected to produce 20-30 plants in May.
Maruti Suzuki and its vendors will procure oxygen plants from these two companies and donate them for medical use. A separate MSIL team is working to ensure that the plants when produced are installed and commissioned as fast as possible.
The top management of MSIL is involved in coordinating and monitoring this activity and hopes that it will make some difference in the national fight against Covid, the statement added.