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Krishna Maruti, Maruti Suzuki's seat manufacturing JV, donates 1 million triple-ply masks

Team OD  | Updated: April 22, 2020, 07:29 PM IST

Krishna Maruti is a joint venture between Maruti Suzuki and Krishna Group that is into manufacturing of seating requirements of any automotive company including seating systems, head rest assemblies, arm rest assemblies, seat trims (Covers) and injection moulded door Trims. This JV has now made a contribution of 2 lakh units of triple-ply face masks to the Gurugram administration.

The Indian automobile major, Maruti Suzuki was asked by the Haryana and Central Government if its manufacturing premises could be used for the development and production of protective face masks to battle with COVID-19. Considering that fact that automobile manufacturing involves different processes, materials and technology, Maruti Suzuki Chairman R.C.Bhargava in partnership with Ashok Kapur, JV partner, gave a green signal to the development and production of the triple ply face masks.  The development process is said to have been overseen by the Maruti Suzuki and Krishna Group engineers, along with active support by Department of Textiles, Government of India . These masks were approved by SITRA (South India Textile Research association) and were also tested in house at the company's manufacturing setup.

"We had committed to support the Government with protection gear and masks even though the test specifications and process technology were not known. My message to all our teams was some doctor, some nurse will be depending
upon our product, so please give top priority to quality and performance testing. Mr Kapur and his team have been successful.", commented, Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India

"It is a time of national crisis and this is our duty to the nation. We have committed 1 million masks each to Haryana and Gujarat Governments. I am also planning to import some machines and produce N-95 masks. All important safety and physical distancing guidelines have been observed while manufacturing these masks to ensure the
safety of all the staff." commented, Ashok Kapur, Chairman, Krishna Group.

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