On April 11, Softbank Group president Masayoshi Son disclosed on Twitter that the company will supply 300 million masks per month. Established a production line in partnership with Chinese auto maker BYD. Delivery is scheduled for May.
The monthly production of 300 million is comprised of 100 million N96 masks for essential medical functions and 200 million general-purpose surgical masks. We will work with the government to supply the procured masks to as many people as possible, including medical sites.
It also emphasizes that the SoftBank Group has not profited from the mask supply.
it is complete.
Established a production line for SB in cooperation with BYD, the world's largest mask manufacturer.
Delivered from May, 300 million monthly production (100 million high-performance medical N95, 200 million general-purpose surgical).
In cooperation with the government mask team, SB will supply masks to as many people as possible, including medical sites, without benefit.https://t.co/0anaFcD7If
— Masayoshi Son (@masason) April 11, 2020
Although BYD, which Son was announcing a partnership, is an automobile manufacturer, it has built a mask production line in response to the spread of the new coronavirus. It is the world's largest mask manufacturer, producing masks at a rate of 15 million sheets per day.
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Prior to this, on March 12, President Son replied, "Let's do it" to Twitter users who commented, "It is better to donate a mask (rather than procuring a corona test kit)." He announced a policy of donating 1 million masks to nursing and medical facilities, and then procured 1 million masks.
Let's do it.
Donate 1 million masks.
To nursing facilities and practitioners.
Completion of order for procurement. https://t.co/vqq0jBeAvm
— Masayoshi Son (@masason) March 12, 2020
One million masks have arrived. Procured from overseas factories. We're sorry, but we donate to high-priority medical institutions and nursing homes in cooperation with the government mask team. pic.twitter.com/tZ7IRTbUXh
— Masayoshi Son (@masason) April 4, 2020
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