A GLOBAL export company in Greenock is saving lives by sending 3,000 oxygen machines to India to help combat the country's coronavirus crisis.

PG Paper has pooled resources from its offices in China, India, Turkey and the US to procure the lifesaving equipment.

Vital oxygen concentrators are now being delivered to hospitals and health centres to help meet the country's urgent need.

Company owners Poonam and Puneet Gupta say they have lost close family members, friends, and colleagues to the Covid-19 emergency which is unfolding and wanted to provide practical help.

With help from staff in offices across the globe, PG Paper's joint CEOs have been busy gathering the machines and other equipment since April.

The company recently chartered its own flight to deliver 950 pieces of equipment to Delhi and 40 oxygen concentrators have landed in Nepal.

Donations have also poured in from friends, family and businesses across the UK, the US, Hong Kong, Austria, and India.

James Kavanagh of Paramount Packaging Ltd donated 418,000 face shields, while David Frederick of Healthcare 21 Group donated 30,000 hand sanitisers and face masks.

Puneet says he's pleased PG Paper can help the people of India in their time of great need.

He added: "Never has PG Paper’s purpose been stronger and clearer than when India announced that it was running out of oxygen in the midst of a huge surge in Covid19 cases.

"We are one of many organisations in the UK and across the world who are working to help ease the time critical situation in India."

Poonam added: "We have been deeply impacted by the crisis in India.

"We have lost close family members, friends, and colleagues.

"Puneet and I are very grateful to both the PG Paper team, our wider business communities, and other charitable organisations working alongside us in this appeal.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues, customers, family, and friends in India.

"We stand together through this pandemic."