The production of PPE is more than sufficient to cater to the needs of the country and allowing exports
of PPE items will not only help the health workers across the world but also support the revival of the apparel industry in the country, the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) said.
Council estimates that the size of the global market for PPEs will be more than $60 billion over the next five years. India will be competing with countries including Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan as they have lifted the ban on PPE exports
and are receiving huge orders from large buyers in the US and Europe.
Today, from zero production of PPE in early March, India produces more than 8 lakh PPE pieces per day – the second largest producing country in the world.
According to industry estimates, a single mask-manufacturing machine can produce one lakh pieces per day and there are more than 200 such machines currently.
AEPC urged the Government to allow N95 masks as well.