Razer is a very famous gaming accessory manufacturer and it has recently taken the spotlight by announcing that it will be placing 20 face mask vending machines in Singapore by June 1st. The decision, as per the company, has been made to help the city-state with its COVID-19 relief efforts. It should be noted that the Razer’s global operations are based in Singapore as well.
Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan who also comes from Singapore, said, ‘Razer will continue our endeavors in supporting Singapore to be self-sufficient for face masks as a nation.’ The gaming accessory company already has a completely autonomous face mask production line that is operational in Singapore. The particular installation was completed by the company within only 24 days last month following the company’s shifting of its manufacturing to help with the production of medical equipment in March. On 24th April, Razer said that it had already shipped over 1 million masks all over the world.
Thanks to its vending machines, Razer intends to give about 5 million masks without any cost to the residents of Singapore – 16 years and older. Once the initial distribution of these masks is completed; the company will start selling these masks directly. It has also partnered with Sunningdale Tech – a plastic manufacturer based in Singapore – for increasing its production to 10 million masks every month.
Singapore has a population of more than 5 million and it was praised for the initial contact tracing strategy that had proven to be successful. Owing to it, Singapore was able to avoid lockdowns while making sure that COVID-19 number remains low. But recently the city-state is experiencing a rise in those numbers leading it to change its policy and to opt for strict orders.
As part of the new rules, it has been made mandatory to wear face masks in public, and Razer is helping out the government by reducing the load of the need for these face masks.