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Razer converting some production lines to make and donate up to 1 million surgical masks: CEO Tan Min-Liang

Min-Liang Tan, Co-founder & CEO, Razer at day one of RISE 2019 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong, 9 July 2019. (PHOTO: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Gaming firm Razer has been converting some of its manufacturing lines to produce surgical masks in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and plans to donate up to 1 million of these masks to authorities in Singapore and other countries, chief executive Tan Min-Liang said on Thursday (19 March).

Over the past few days, Razer’s designers and engineers have been working 24-hour shifts so that they can produce surgical masks at the converted lines in order to donate them to countries around the world, Tan said in a Facebook post.

With the worsening pandemic, health authorities worldwide are facing an “extreme shortage” of surgical masks used by healthcare staff to battle the virus with some countries even banning the export of masks, Tan said.

For a start, Razer has been in touch with the authorities in Singapore, where its Southeast Asia headquarters is based, to donate some of the initial shipments.

“While there has been incredible demand for our products during this time with many staying home to avoid the crowds (and to play games), the team at Razer understands that all of us have a part to play in fighting the virus – no matter which industry we come from,” Tan said.

Other Razer offices across the world will also be reaching out to local governments and health authorities to see how they can support and donate surgical masks, Tan said.

The move is “the first step of many” that Razer will take to help combat the pandemic, said Tan.

“We are committed to contributing our extra time, resources, effort and talent toward the fight against COVID-19,” he added.

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