India needs to step up production of personal protective equipment

Need to avert supply disruptions amid Covid-19 outbreak


Anticipating increased demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) products following the rising number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, India has recently decided to ban its exports. However, as the entire world is battling the coronavirus outbreak, India needs to speed up domestic production to avert any medical equipment supply chain disruption, says GlobalData.

GlobalData’s research reveals that the Indian hospital supplies market, which accounted for more than 8% of the Asia-Pacific (APAC) hospital supplies market in 2019, is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.7% through 2025.

Pratibha Thammanabhatla, medical devices analyst at GlobalData, comments, “The decision to ban the export of medical equipment will ensure the health workers in the country will have enough protection to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak.

“However, it will leave the export-driven businesses to suffer. Particularly, manufacturers with prior export commitments will be at a loss. In addition, it will affect the nations that are dependent on Indian medical equipment manufacturers for supply.

“As a result, it is high time for India to speed up the domestic production of required medical equipment such as ventilators, surgical or disposable masks and textile raw materials for masks and coveralls.”


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