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Consortium of 3 start-ups employs 5,000 migrant labourers to produce low-cost equipment

A consortium of three start-ups from various parts of the country is employing more than 5,000 stranded migrant labourers to produce low-cost ventilators and large-scale personal protective equipment (PPE) kits.

Manufacturing over 40,000 kits a day from four factories -- two in Mumbai and two in Kolkata-- the three start-ups have partnered to provide PPE kits to 15 government and private entities across the country. Each kit includes protective gowns, shoe coverings, gloves, masks, goggles, face shield and a garbage bag for the disposal of items after use. All the elements, except goggles that are outsourced, are manufactured in the four sterilised factories.

Indobionics (co-founder: Hamza Shaikh) , a three-year-old medtech startup, is incubated at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Bengaluru. The others are Abstract Ideas, an aesthetics start-up incubated at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B), and Agastya Bouyant, incubated at IIM Calcutta, that manufactures inflatables for the cleaning of water surfaces of rivers and sea.


Hindustan Times | Last Updated : 04-May-20

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