As part of a very relevant step in the anti-China movement in India, Ludhiana – the biggest manufacturer of face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) kits in the country – seems to have understood the consumer sentiment to the T!
A number of manufacturers in the city are attaching ‘Made in India’ tags to their products.
Upon realising that consumers are showing no interest in buying Chinese masks and PPE at all, these makers concluded that locally manufactured products would give them a sigh of relief!
“We are receiving orders for locally-made N-95 masks from hospitals,” said Ludhiana District Chemists’ Association Chairperson Manjit Singh.
Citing two key reasons behind, he underlined that the ongoing tension between Indian and China, as well as the low quality material supplied by Chinese companies have led to the present wave.
Ajit Lakra, Head – Textile Division, Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation (FICO) also shared that the current anti-China sentiment in the country is dominating every sector here.
At the same time, he also highlighted that the industry can’t overlook the fact that it has hugely depended on China for machinery over the years.
“While software could be replaced overnight, glitches in machinery cannot be fixed without technical support,” he said, adding that it is the need of the hour that the Government should come forward and encourage subsidised technology exchange with countries like Taiwan, Korea and Japan so as to eliminate our dependence on China.”
An N-95 face mask and PPE kits manufacturer from the city, Avneesh Aggarwal informed that since they were receiving unanimous reaction from people enquiring about the place of manufacturing, they decided to add ‘Made in India’ tags to their products.