Honeywell starts N95 face mask production in India for healthcare workers
The company to produce to produce approximately 24 million face masks annually at its Fulgaon facility in Pune. Honeywell’s Fulgaon factory specialises in providing automation solutions and field instruments.
The global technology major Honeywell
has begun production of N95 face mask
at its Fulgaon manufacturing facility in Pune (Maharashtra) with monthly capacity to produce upto 2 million disposable masks.
Akshay Bellare, President, Honeywell India
, commented, “As a global leader in manufacturing superior quality personal protective equipment
(PPE), Honeywell is proud to manufacture superior quality face masks to protect frontline healthcare workers in their fight against the global pandemic. We are committed to India’s mission to be a self-reliant nation and bring our technical capabilities to support frontline workers in their efforts to help those in need.”
The masks will be supplied to frontline healthcare workers, emergency responders and government organisations as part of the efforts to combat COVID 19 in India. The masks are designed in alignment with India Bureau of Indian Standards and US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) standards.
“Honeywell’s initiative to commence production of N95 respirators at its Pune facility is a major step towards supporting the country in this fight against COVID 19. We encourage the industry to promote domestic manufacturing of masks in making India's healthcare ecosystem self-reliant. With companies and citizens joining hands, we will be able to win the war against COVID-19,” said Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog
(National Institution for Transforming India).
Asheesh Arora, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions, APAC, added, “We are proud of our team for setting up a highly advanced production line with physical capacity and technical capabilities to manufacture the face masks that are designed to meet NIOSH standards. These masks will help address the country’s need for high-quality protection gear in high demand during this healthcare crisis.”
Honeywell has recruited and trained approximately 40 new workers to run the production line. Honeywell’s production expansion will support additional Indian businesses that are part of the supply chain, including industrial equipment providers and raw materials suppliers from the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector.
The company is leveraging its existing integrated supply chain and local manufacturing expertise to produce personal protective equipment (PPE). The company has announced new mask production at multiple facilities globally, including in the UK, the US and the UAE.
Honeywell is a global manufacturer of leading personal protective equipment (PPE) and intelligent safety solutions. It helps customers build enduring cultures of safety across a wide range of markets that include general safety and preparedness, first responder, electrical safety and consumer products. The company’s offerings include hazardous gas detectors, safety software solutions and personal protective equipment such as gloves, protective eyewear, respiratory protection, safety suits, hard hats and boots.
Honeywell’s Fulgaon factory specialises in providing automation solutions and field instruments. The facility integrates advanced engineering, testing and manufacturing of equipment for the process industries, and will continue to do so alongside the new face mask line. In addition, it offers a customer integration center, thermal solutions factory, and a Honeywell Intelligrated demonstration center.
Honeywell delivers industry-specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. All its global businesses have a strong legacy in India, built over the last eight decades. Honeywell’s India commitment is evident in three state-of-the-art manufacturing and engineering operations, and four global centers of excellence for technology development and innovation. Honeywell employs about 13,000 people across different locations including Bengaluru, Chennai, Dehradun, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Madurai, and Pune.