The honourable Chief Minister of Haryana, Shri Manohar Lal, inaugurated four oxygen PSA generator plants in a virtual mode, donated and installed by Maruti Suzuki under its CSR initiative. This is the first batch of 4 Oxygen PSA generation plants commissioned in 3 Government Hospitals of Haryana.
During the disastrous second wave of the pandemic, Maruti Suzuki started to look for purchasing oxygen generator plants to battle the crisis for its CSR program. However, they soon realised that only a few small scale manufacturers were producing these and they were loaded with orders but, had little capacity or money to create and deliver these in any reasonable period. Just paying money could not have helped; they needed manufacturing scale-up.
Realising the gravity of the situation, Maruti Suzuki activated its supply chain division and roped in its supplier partners M/s JBML, M/s SKH Metals and M/s Motherson to help scale up the manufacturing activity of PSA manufacturers M/s Airox Nigen, M/s Sam Gases and M/s Gaskon. This arrangement was on a not-for-profit basis. In less than a month, this arrangement has reached an output of 6 plants per day.
Maruti Suzuki will install 24 plants and its suppliers as a CSR initiative within the first half of June 2021. The company has deployed a separate team with round the clock monitoring to ensure that these generator plants are installed successfully in hospitals and are operational.
Explaining the initiative, Mr R C Bhargava, Chairman, MSIL, said, “Maruti Suzuki is supporting these 3 manufacturers to increase their production of PSA plants for oxygen for Covid. Within one month of our entering this project, our people have been able to increase the capacity of building Oxygen Generator plants by 10 times. This arrangement will deliver about 70 plants in May and 150 in June and this is more than the total estimated production in India in the financial year 2020-21.”