SINGAPORE – Razer™, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced plans to sponsor high quality certified surgical masks for Singaporean adults and Singapore residents. The masks will be made available through Razer’s newly established network of surgical mask vending machines, currently the largest in the country.
The cashless, minimal contact delivery system of 20 vending machines will be deployed island-wide by June 1st, 2020 before the Circuit Breaker is expected to lift. Locations include all malls of Frasers Property Retail, which are conveniently located close to transportation nodes, and JustCo co-working centers in and near the Central Business District. Additional vending machines in more locations throughout the country are expected to be rolled out shortly. As part of its #ForSingaporeansBySingaporeans initiative, Razer is also inviting other Singaporean companies to join forces and work together in the fight against COVID-19.
Razer Fintech to sponsor free surgical masks for every adult Singapore resident
As part of Razer’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and encourage the public to practice hygiene and safety, Razer’s financial technology arm, Razer Fintech, will make one free surgical mask available to every adult Singapore resident (aged 16 years and above). An estimated five million masks will be given out as a part of this #ForSingaporeansBySingaporeans initiative.
To complement efforts made by the government, the surgical masks provided by Razer are to be used conjunctively with reusable masks. Razer’s mask vending machines would ensure that the public always has access to masks when out and about. For example, if anyone has forgotten or misplaced their reusable masks, they will be able to purchase a single use Razer surgical mask anytime from the conveniently located network of vending machines. For people who require higher levels of protection, such as the elderly, this provides ready access to surgical masks whenever needed.
“The COVID-19 situation has made it apparent that both public and private sectors need to come together to address the challenges facing us as a society, and Razer Fintech is proud to step forward and play our part in any way possible,” said Lee Li Meng, Chief Executive Officer at Razer Fintech. “We urge every adult Singapore resident to collect a mask for your use. Practice safe distancing and wear a mask when you leave the house. Every little step contributes to the fight against the pandemic.”
Mask allocation will be done via Razer Fintech’s mobile wallet app, Razer Pay. The app’s unique electronic Know Your Customer solution will issue a QR coupon code upon successful verification of the user’s identity. The verified user can then scan the code at the vending machines to collect his or her free mask. Razer Pay’s verification system is fraud free, which would ensure that every verified Singapore resident will be issued a mask. The app will also conveniently provide locations of the vending machines.
Initial beta testing of the vending machines and app usage will be conducted over the next few weeks with selected users with a view to be ready for the full rollout by June 1st, 2020, while also ramping up vending machine deployment and mask supply. People interested can participate in the beta program through the following steps:
- Download the Razer Pay app from iOS App Store or Google Play Store
- E-Verify your account (may take up to one working day) and sign up for the beta program
- Once approved, you will receive a mask coupon
- Scan your coupon at a vending machine to collect your free mask
Expanding surgical face mask production in Singapore to 10 million masks a month
To ensure a continuous resupply of masks, Razer has partnered with a local manufacturing company, Sunningdale Tech Ltd, to develop and deploy a fully automated mask production line in Singapore in just 24 days. At full capacity, the production line can produce up to five million masks a month and together with Sunningdale, Razer expects to expand production to up to 10 million masks a month soon.
The triple layered, single-use masks from Razer’s automated manufacturing line are designed for comfortable use and highest standards of protection recommended by the health authorities. These masks meet the Bacterial and Viral Filtration Efficiency tests requirements of more than or equal to 95%, a recommendation by both the American (ASTM 1) and European (EN 14683) healthcare authorities. The face masks will be produced by Razer Health – an entity that is licensed by the Health Sciences Authority of Singapore to manufacture medical devices. The masks are also registered with the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
“Masks have inevitably become a scarce necessity during this pandemic as we take precautionary measures to curb the spread of the virus. Now that Razer’s dedicated mask production line is officially opened, we will make it our responsibility as Singaporeans to step up and support the community,” said Min-Liang Tan, Chief Executive Officer at Razer. “Razer will continue our endeavors in supporting Singapore to be self-sufficient for face masks as a nation.”
“When Min reached out to us with his ambitious plan, we were more than excited to join him to take on the challenge and lend Razer our extensive experience in manufacturing medical components,” said Chairman of Sunningdale, Koh Boon Hwee. “Getting the line together quickly during these times is no easy feat, but it is a necessary struggle for us to ensure that Singapore is in a better position, not just for now, but in the future.”
#ForSingaporeansBySingaporeans Initiative to rally support against COVID-19
Razer is joining forces with several sponsors and partners in the fight against COVID-19. Singapore-based companies Frasers Property, JustCo and PBA Group were the first to each commit US$50,000 upfront to purchase the initial shipments of masks from Razer’s manufacturing line, while over 40 other Singaporean companies have already committed to ordering masks from Razer. Frasers Property Retail, a retail-focused platform under Frasers Property Singapore, will also be providing complimentary space within its malls for placement of the mask vending machines.
Razer will be prioritizing the manufacturing of surgical masks for frontline healthcare workers and for the free masks for Singaporeans. Any additional masks will be sold to the public.
Other interested parties are invited to join the #ForSingaporeansBySingaporeans initiative to support this cause by partnering with Razer Fintech to:
- Sponsor masks for Singaporeans (sponsors will be credited in app); and
- Gift masks via digital coupons to partners and customers. As an example, companies or malls could give away free mask coupons to each customer making a purchase.
In addition, Singaporeans and Singapore companies can also opt to support this initiative by partnering with Razer to:
- Purchase surgical face masks in bulk;
- Sponsor surgical mask vending machines in own locations such as offices and malls; and
- Include suitable COVID-19 products for sale in the vending machine network
To participate in the #ForSingaporeansBySingaporeans initiative, please visit https://www.razer.com/campaigns/razerforlife for more information.
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Razer™ is the world’s leading lifestyle brand for gamers.
The triple-headed snake trademark of Razer is one of the most recognized logos in the global gaming and esports communities. With a fan base that spans every continent, the company has designed and built the world’s largest gamer-focused ecosystem of hardware, software and services.
Razer’s award-winning hardware includes high-performance gaming peripherals and Blade gaming laptops.
Razer’s software platform, with over 80 million users, includes Razer Synapse (an Internet of Things platform), Razer Chroma (a proprietary RGB lighting technology system), and Razer Cortex (a game optimizer and launcher).
In services, Razer Gold is one of the world’s largest virtual credit services for gamers, and Razer Fintech is one of the largest offline-to-online digital payment networks in SE Asia.
Founded in 2005 and dual-headquartered in Irvine and Singapore, Razer has 16 offices worldwide and is recognized as the leading brand for gamers in the USA, Europe and China. Razer is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Stock Code: 1337).