The Union Ministry of MSME has taken a number of technology-based initiatives and interventions to tackle COVID-19 challenges. These have resulted in an effective response to the Prime Ministers call of Atmanirbhar Bharat Make in India. With help of these initiatives and interventions, the country is now not only manufacturing enough hand sanitizer bottle dispensers (Pump/Flip) for meeting almost all its sharply increased demand but also poised to export the same. They have also helped the country in achieving self-sufficiency in hand-sanitizing materials (liquid/gel) and have contributed immensely in developing/producing auxiliary items like masks, face-shields, PPE Kits, sanitizer box, testing facilities etc.
MSME Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari has complimented the Team MSME on these initiatives and achievements.
During COVID-19, the demand for hand sanitizer and its bottles increased dramatically. Accordingly, the demand for Bottle Dispenser (pumps) increased manifold (50 lakh per day). The pre-covid manufacturing capacity of bottle dispensers/ pumps in the country was at around 5 lakh per day. To meet the demand, efforts were being made to import a lot of dispensers from China. However, the supply chain from abroad was totally disturbed, which led to huge price rise (INR 30 per dispenser) for such dispensers in the country. This resulted in a hike of the prices of sanitizers in the Indian market.
Realizing this problem, in the beginning of May, 2020, Secretary, MSME held several rounds of meetings with the stakeholders including Ministrys officials and Tool Rooms (TRs) and Technology Centers (TCs). Meetings were also held with the industry including All India Plastic Manufacturers Association (AIPMA), All India Medical Devices Manufacturers Association etc. to understand how to ramp up local manufacturing of dispensers. The private sector was motivated to expand the capacities. However, it was realized that sudden increase in manufacturing is not possible. This situation was because the moulds were not available in the country. So far, the industry was importing moulds also.
As part of its other major initiatives, MSME Ministry contributed towards country achieving Self-sufficiency in production of Hand Sanitizing Material (Liquid/gel). It also created sanitizer testing facility besides developing Ayurvedic/Cosmetic Sanitizers using natural aroma. The details in this regard are as below: