Pad-woman’s mask foray floors Anand Mahindra

New Delhi: Thirty-year-old Suhani Mohan’s phone did not stop ringing after Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra tweeted about Mohan’s ambitious project to replace the sanitary pad machine and become a craftsman. In the midst of the Kovid-19 epidemic, the last thing Suhani heard was that medical facilities were running out of protective face masks. Kami can endanger her doctor brother and sister-in-law, and she could not sleep thinking about it.

“I did a little research and found that making masks was similar to making sanitary pads.” The next day Suhani and her partner Karthik Mehta, both IITians and co-founders of a sanitary pad setup, had a task in hand.

In 2015, the pair created their own automatic machine that can produce 50,000 pads per day. The co-founder of Saral Designs, the Mohan-Mehta duo, started working on a replica of the model last month. “By 15 March, the design of our facade was ready, but we got stuck because we needed some material and were finding it difficult to find due to the lockdown. I thought big companies would be open. “When Suhani started contacting people who could help, her search ended with Anand Mahindra through a friend. “Within a few hours of shooting an email, we had a response. They were encouraged and happy to help. ”

Suhani can control the excitement in her voice. “Mr. Mahindra was generous enough to welcome us and asked us to use his Kandivali plant,” she said. The project team had their first production-produced facade on Friday. The first 3,000, three-ply surgical masks were ready, a feat that Mahindra called a sequel to the Bollywood film Padman.

Working around the clock, the team took out a rally to instill passion and focus on helping frontline workers to save patients from Kovid-19. Things began to grow rapidly after coming in contact with Mr. Mahindra. We started the first production of three-ply masks yesterday and are currently producing 3,000 masks a day, ”she said with pride.

After a successful trial, there is no need to look back at Suhani, who plans to install more machines like this. “We have 30 machines across India that make sanitary pads. We are primarily machine manufacturers, and once started, we plan to take it further. I believe that capacity should not be hindered. We should not depend on any other country. “While the new masks are not yet in the market, Suhani has found her first two customers at her brother and sister-in-law’s house.” “Everyone at home is happy that they have got protection.”

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