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Sony set to offer parts and assembly skills in ventilator project

Electronics giant answers Japanese goverment's coronavirus response call

Sony is considering making use of its surgical microscope system technology for the production of critical ventilators due to fears of supply shortages amid the global coronavirus crisis.

TOKYO -- Sony is considering joining forces with industry players to produce ventilators amid fears they will be in short supply due to the spread of the new coronavirus, Nikkei learned on Wednesday.

The electronics conglomerate is considering joining other domestic manufacturers by making components or assembling part of the equipment. The company wants to partner with a manufacturer that can design and develop a ventilator, and then take part in manufacturing, assembly, and quality inspection of circuit boards and parts. Sony can start production cooperation for between 1,000 and 2,000 machines in as early as three months.

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