Kerala to have one of the first
medical device parks
September 22, 2020
NEW DELHI: Kerala will soon house one of the first
medical device parks in the country, focusing on the high-risk medical device
sector to provide a full range of services for the medical devices industry like
Research and Development (R and D) support, testing, and evaluation.
According to an official release of the Union
Ministry of Science and Technology, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will
lay the foundation stone for Medical Devices Park on Thursday.
MedSpark, the medical devices park envisaged as a
joint initiative of Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences &
Technology (SCTIMST), an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and
Technology (DST), Government of India (GOI), and the Kerala State Industrial
Development Corporation Ltd (KSIDC), the industrial and investment promotion
agency of the Government of Kerala is going to be established in the Life
Science Park, Thonnakkal, Thiruvananthapuram.
"This medical device park will stand out with its
emphasis on the high-risk medical device sector involving medical implants and
extracorporeal devices, in which SCTIMST scores with its knowledge. The services
available in the park can be utilized by the medical device industries located
within the MedSpark as well from other parts of India. This will benefit small
and medium-sized medical devices industries, which dominate the medical devices
sector," the release said.
MedSpark can leverage the existing advantage of the
Kerala State in the high-risk medical device manufacture and develop it into the
most sought after destination for setting up medical device industry in India,
According to the release, Kerala has a number of
medical device companies with an annual turnover in excess of Rs 750 crores,
most of them operating with technologies transferred from SCTIMST.
It is expected that the project would provide
direct employment to 1200 people. Besides, employment generation up to 4000-5000
jobs through the supporting industries like OEM suppliers, service providers,
and marketing/post-marketing support activities, the release said.
German glassmaker SCHOTT AG appoints
Pawan Kumar Shukla as MD
Glass industry expert Pawan Kumar Shukla takes
charge at the helm of SCHOTT’s tubing plant in Gujarat.
Gujarat, India; Mainz, Germany; September 11, 2020:
SCHOTT AG, a leading international specialty glass and technology group, has
announced Pawan Kumar Shukla as the new Managing Director for SCHOTT Glass
India. Shukla brings over 25 years in the glass, lighting, pipes and electronics
industry and comes with a strong background in techno-commercials. Prior to this
role, he was the President Operations at Surya Roshni Ltd, an Indian
multinational manufacturer for specialty glass tubing and lighting.
An alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of
Technology, Kanpur, in ceramic engineering as well as material science and
metallurgy, Shukla has also worked with Corning JV in the CRT Division as a
manufacturing head for twelve years. Commenting on his new role, he said, “India
is a frontrunner of the global pharma industry and primary pharma packaging is
one of the most vital components in the entire production chain. I am proud to
be associated with SCHOTT, being one of the oldest and most trusted
manufacturers of tubular glass worldwide. While the domestic market is our key
focus, our India plant also caters to the Asian market, thereby contributing to
the pharmaceutical industry and the Indian government’s vision of becoming a
global pharmaceutical hub.”
Patrick Markschlaeger, Executive Vice-President,
SCHOTT AG, Business Unit Tubing noted, “SCHOTT’s Jambusar plant is one of our
most advanced tubing plants worldwide. The quality of glass produced here is at
par with any other production site, including Germany.”