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May 8, 2020
Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc.
Sony Global Manufacturing & Operations Corporation
Tokyo, Japan - Sony Corporation ("Sony") today announced support measures for frontline healthcare professionals engaged in the fight against the COVID-19 in Japan, including the manufacture and donation of medical face shields as well as support for the production of ventilators.
Sony has begun manufacturing medical face shields, incorporating frames repurposed from the eye shields of medical 3D monitors, provided by its Medical Business Group. Sony is also cooperating with M3, Inc. ("M3") on the application process for medical institutions and delivery. Face shield sets will be donated to medical institutions based on applications to M3's website for healthcare workers opened today, at a rate of approximately 5,000 sets per week (5,000 units of the frames, and 50,000 units of the shields), and in total approximately 40,000 sets from mid-May.
Sony Global Manufacturing & Operations Corporation will provide manufacturing support for the production of ventilators, and is working with ACOMA Medical Industry Co., Ltd. to produce ventilators developed and designed by ACOMA.
Mass production is scheduled to begin in July, and 500 units are planned to be manufactured by the end of September. This support is in response to the Japanese government's COIVD-19 initiatives, and Sony will explore the possibility of providing manufacturing support for other ventilator manufacturers, depending on the situation going forward.