Mitsubishi Electric is to support healthcare professionals in the fight against COVID-19 by donating around US$930,000 and providing medical institutions with essential items such as masks.

Mitsubishi Electric will provide around 100,000 medical (N95) masks and supplies of disinfectant to medical institutions.

Face guards will be produced at Mitsubishi Electric's Manufacturing Engineering Centre in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture and Nagoya Works in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture from mid-May.

Production capacity will be gradually increased. The face guards will be used in-house by Mitsubishi Electric group personnel, primarily for use in factories, but not medical purposes. By producing the face guards in-house rather than sourcing them externally, the company says it will help to free up more face guards for use in society.

Eventually, the company hopes to supply surplus face guards to outside companies and organisations.

"Mitsubishi Electric expresses its deepest sympathies and sincerest condolences to anyone who has lost a family member, colleague or friend to COVID-19," said a statement.

"The company also extends its heartfelt gratitude to healthcare professionals and all others working on the frontline to protect communities and help people in need."