The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), which is in the thick of fighting the coronavirus, is prepared to transfer technology developed by it for several products “on phone”.
These are products like sanitizers (a big variety of them), advanced face masks, full face shields with visor, isolation shelters, Covid test kiosks and PPEs. This is a big opportunity for small and medium industries—these products are expected to have a sustained demand from abroad.
DRDE, Gwalior, one of the labs of DRDO, has developed five layered N-99 masks using a nano web filter layer which is being produced by two of the industry partners. DRDO intends to engender manufacture of 2 lakh masks per week through industry partners.
INMAS, Delhi, another DRDO lab, has designed 3-ply surgical masks, and producing through Industry partner.
Know-how for many of these products have already been transferred to several companies, but these are non-exclusive technology transfer agreements. For instance, DRDE’s Bio Suits, are now being produced Shiva Texyarn, Coimbatore, Arvind Mills, Ahmedabad and Aeronav, Noida. But the demand being large, both from with India and abroad, there is scope for more manufacturers to enter the fray.
DRDO-developed ventilators are to be manufactured by Bharat Electronics Ltd—30,000 units. This being a complicated product, the technology transfer is also detailed and time-consuming. DRDO is prepared to offer ventilator technology to the industry, but later.
For details, contact:
Dr Mayank Dwivedi
Directorate of Industry Interface and Technology Management