A factory in Greenock has donated 17,000 masks to local frontline workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Greenock-based semiconductor manufacturer Diodes gifted the personal protective equipment to health and social care staff dealing with Covid-19 cases in Inverclyde.
Diodes staff have to wear PPE at all times in manufacturing areas to protect the silicon wafers being produced as they are extremely delicate.
The intricate microchips made at the Greenock plant are used for cars, mobile phones and medical equipment, including ventilators and thermometers.
Councillor Robert Moran, Inverclyde Council’s Convener of Health & Social Care, said: “This is a really nice touch from Diodes to help protect our incredible frontline workers and those they are looking after.
“Society has never been so far apart and yet so united at the same time. Whilst we must stay at home where possible to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the community has also rallied round to help people, particularly the most vulnerable in society.”
The face masks will be added to the existing stock of PPE equipment held by the HSCP for use by frontline care workers.
Gerry McCarthy, managing director of Diodes UK, said: “This plant has been part of the community since the early 1970s and we’ve had tremendous support from so many people during that time.
“We always do as much as we can to return the favour and donating these additional face masks is the least we can do to support our selfless health and social care workers with the battle against coronavirus.”