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Covid-19: how India became a PPE kit manufacturing hub

Jun 08, 2020 14:48 IST

India is now believed to be the second largest manufacturer for PPE kits worth about INR 7,000 crore and growing. The global market for PPE kits is worth $52 billion and expected to be over $ 92 billion in 2025. Over 600 companies now manufacture PPE's in India, ditching garment manufacturing owing to dipping domestic consumption.

Roshan Baid, MD, Paragon Apparel, says that global demand for fashion and sports apparel went down early this year due to coronavirus lockdown in Europe and USA and most of their orders were stalled or cancelled due to a dip in demand. They had expertise in making seam sealed sportswear and PPE kits also require impeccable seam sealing so that the virus doesn't spread or blood doesn't permeate through the seams. India has a huge requirement of PPE kits but didn't manufacture any of it pre lockdown - now, India has many PPE manufacturers.

Watch BOOM's Govindraj Ethiraj interview Roshan Baid on how the coronavirus has accidentally opened up a new product category for garment manufacturers and put India on the world map for PPE production.

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