INDIA 2.0 / help for india
Quick and effective aid
The Czech carmaker organised the dispatch of two airplanes with humanitarian aid to India plagued by COVID-19
he dramatic situation caused by the sharp increase in the number of people infected and hospitalised in Indian hospitals required a rapid response. With the great effort of the employees of the PL – Brand Logistics, BA – General Purchasing and GRI – Management Region India departments, two airplanes were dispatched to India at the turn of May and June. The first contained a shipment of 8,688 pendant cannulas, called Oxymizers, which can increase the flow of oxygen by up to 75 percent. The second airplane transported cylinders for compressed oxygen and an oxygen generator. Why this aid? “We evaluated the mobile oxygen generator as the best aid we could send because it is a device that not only helps in the fight against COVID-19 but will also be used in India in the coming years to fight other respiratory diseases”, says Matěj Ondrák from the department. Oxygen cylinders are a logical follow-up element, and the same is true for cannulas, which reduce oxygen consumption.
ŠKODA AUTO India employees helped to determine what would help their country the most and what would be part of the transport.
How to load an airplane
Transporting the generator was a great challenge, as the entire facility and 360 oxygen cylinders weighed a total of 30 tonnes. “For the flight – which together with a refuelling stopover takes approximately 30 hours – to be complication-free, our experts had to calculate the generator’s centre of gravity, which had to be optimally positioned in the airplane”, explains Tomáš Nevole, Head of PLA. In addition, the transport had to meet a number of conditions (both those imposed by the carrier and other administrative ones) in India. Thanks to great planning and execution, the transport successfully arrived in Delhi on 6 June. “The generator is currently used in a hospital in New Delhi”, says Ondrák. “We coordinated the aid with the management of the Indian representation, and everything went very quickly. The first meeting was convened by Klaus-Dieter Schürmann, Board Member for Finance and IT, on 7 May. Colleagues from logistics had only a week to prepare for the transport of the generator and cylinders”, Jiří Pokorný from the GRI department describes the pace of preparations. ED
look how the aid was delivered to India.