- Vasily, how did the pandemic affect your enterprise?
- Many types of medical equipment manufactured by our company are used to treat respiratory diseases. Therefore, when the COVID-19 epidemic started, the demand for our products has increased dramatically. On the one hand, high demand is an incentive for business development, but on the other hand, all European states closed their borders, as a result of which the supplies we needed were naturally limited. As a result, we found ourselves in a difficult position: without imported components, it was difficult for us to fulfill the orders for equipment, especially for ventilators.
But "difficult" does not mean "impossible". We started looking for a plant where we could produce at least some of the components in Russia. Fortunately, this was not far to seek. We found manufacturers among the neighboring enterprises in the special economic zone. And, what is important, we preserved our partnership with Russian manufacturers after the supplies from abroad had been resumed. Russian companies helped us in a difficult situation so that we could cope with orders, and at the same time, thanks to them, we were able to diversify risks, as well as reduce the time and financial costs of the medical equipment production at our plant.
- Can you give two or three examples of what exactly is your cooperation with domestic companies like?
- Thanks to the cooperation with the Moscow innovation cluster enterprises, our plant in the Technopolis Moscow SEZ was able to expand the range of manufactured equipment. In particular, the production of a portable high-frequency ventilator ParaVent and a lung simulator was launched.