COVID-19: Razer to set up Singapore’s first automated mask production line within 30 days

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Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer, poses during a news conference ahead of the company's IPO in Hong Kong, China October 31, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer. (PHOTO: Reuters)

SINGAPORE — Gaming manufacturer Razer said on Wednesday (1 April) that it will set up Singapore’s first fully automated mask production and packing line within 30 days.

Three Singapore-based companies - Frasers Property, JustCo and PBA Group - have each committed US$50,000 upfront for the initial shipments of masks from the line, Razer added in a statement.

“The COVID-19 virus situation has had an immense impact around the world. Everyone at Razer understands that we all have a part to play in combating the pandemic, no matter which industry we come from,” said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO.

Razer initially converted existing product manufacturing lines in China to make and donate masks, with initial shipments of masks going out earlier this week.

However, Razer has been inundated by requests due to an extreme shortage of face masks and personal protective equipment - particularly in Southeast Asia.

“In addition, many of the face masks in the market are not properly manufactured, do not meet certification standards and offer little or no protection to the users,” Razer said.

Razer’s mask manufacturing line here will be certified to Singapore and international standards, and will supply to the local market and the region.

Tan posted plans to set up the line earlier Wednesday on his Facebook page and called out to Singapore-based organisations to buy the initial shipments from the line.

Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi, Group CEO of Frasers Property, said, “Frasers Property is here to support in whatever way we can during these unprecedented times.Nothing matters more than the health, well-being and safety of the communities we operate in... this is a moment that calls on us to care for one another in Singapore through our support of Razer’s initiative.”

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