In these uncertain times, Hong Kong business leaders are doing their part to protect the community; from helping to produce masks to working on eco-friendly ways to fight the coronavirus.
Adrian Cheng’s New World Development is outfitting a factory in Tuen Mun that will be capable of manufacturing more than 200,000 masks per day.
Cheng says: “I believe we can work together to win the battle against the epidemic, and then we can focus on business revival and bringing long-term positive changes to society.” Production is expected to start this month, and the masks will be distributed for free through non-governmental organisations to anyone who needs them.
New World Development has also partnered with Master Dynamic, a leading Hong Kong nanotechnology company, to research how nanodiamonds can be used in masks to provide greater protection against bacteria and viruses. And on top of producing masks, Cheng has donated approximately HK$55 million to NGOs, schools and hospitals in both Hong Kong and China since January.
On April 7th, Cheng's team launched a new project which will see 35 “Mask To Go” dispensers installed at designated NGOs in 18 districts across Hong Kong. The dispensers will begin to operate by the end of April, coinciding with New World Development's two local mask production lines which start to produce medical face masks from mid-April. Two additional mask production lines will commence by May 2020. The Group expects to produce more than 7 million medical face masks per month when all production lines run at full steam.