Covid vaccines: Medical refrigerators makers gearing up
to meet mkt needs
Leading medical refrigerator makers such as Godrej Appliances, Voltas and Blue Star
are gearing up to cater to needs of Covid vaccine manufacturers by enhancing their
cooling technologies in view of the requirement to store vaccines at ultra-low
Such refrigerator companies are also looking to ramp up their production capacity in
anticipation of growing demand of new-age medical refrigerators that can preserve
vaccines at a temperature of as low as minus 80 degrees celsius.
Medical refrigerator manufacturers, which have witnessed a substantial jump in their
business after India started the vaccination programme with Covishield and Covaxin, are
now open to form tie-ups with the pharma companies that are importing coronavirus
Godrej & Boyce, part of over USD 4.1 billion Godrej Group and a leading maker of
medical refrigerators in India, said it is quite open to collaborate with vaccine makers
such as Pfizer, whose Covid vaccine is required to be kept at minus 80 degrees celsius.
When asked about a possibility of forming any partnership with Pfizer or Moderna,
Godrej & Boyce Executive Director Nyrika Holkar told PTI: "As an organisation, we
believe in strong partnerships and collaborations."
"Now as procurement of vaccinations has been opened up for private-sector
corporations and hospitals, we are also looking at partnerships and collaborations in this
regard," she added.
Godrej & Boyce, in partnership with the UK-based The Sure Chill Company, sells
medical refrigerators that use the properties of water to keep vaccines in the desired
Its step-down unit Godrej Appliances, which manufactures medical refrigerators, has
Increased capacity from 10,000 units to 35,000 units and has witnessed a multi-fold
growth in sales.
"For Moderna, we have already got 10,000 units on order. A part of that has already
been supplied. For Pfizer which requires -86 degrees s