India needs to step up production of personal protective equipment

Need to avert supply disruptions amid Covid-19 outbreak

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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,” she concludes.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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