The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) on 23rd March 2020 gave an open call to ﬁrms to manufacture affordable ventilators — this included existing ventilator makers as well as new groups.
The current medical system relies extensively on specialised, proprietary, mass-manufactured ventilators from a small selection of suppliers. This supply model fails with a surge in demand for a relatively low-volume speciality product such as ventilators.
There is a need to augment the availability of economical ventilators to assist the Government's fight against COVID-19.
In response to the government's request, and inspired by Aequs' aim to be a socially responsible Corporate, Aequs decided to step up and manufacture AQovent™.
A functional vertically integrated ecosystem with global partners, Aequs is India's ﬁrst privately owned SEZ with precision engineering and aerospace capabilities, which has put India in the global aerospace manufacturing map. Catering to global aerospace giants like Airbus, Boeing etc, Aequs has an established track record of offering ﬁne quality engineering and precision manufacturing.
Aequs has also ventured into manufacturing consumer goods with its toys cluster in Koppal and Belagavi to facilitate manufacturing for some of the world's largest toy makers. Currently, the company manufactures for the world's ﬁnest toy brands.
Aequs has leveraged cross functional technical expertise and collaborated with an aim to develop a mechanical ventilator which is helpful for the medical fraternity, especially in the rural and tier 2 cities of India, where the use of hi-tech ventilators is a challenge during this sudden surge in requirement.
Through its key promises of availability and affordability, the AQovent™ aims to democratise access to respiratory ventilators for the masses across India. This will also help address the acute shortage of respiratory ventilators in the country.