Coronavirus (COVID-19): INEOS to build two hand sanitiser plants in ten days

Wassim El Attar
Supply Chain Analyst

Date : 25 March 2020

INEOS, one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, has revealed it will build a hand sanitiser factory in Newton Aycliffe, near Middlesbrough, and another one in Germany, within ten days.

One million hand sanitisers per month

The new plants are due to tackle the shortage of hand sanitisers in Europe by producing one million of them per month. According to INEOS, they will be produced according to World Health Organisation specifications and be specifically designed to kill bacteria and viruses.

The company, which already operates plants in Seal Sands, also near Middlesbrough, and in Newton Aycliffe, said the new plants will supply the hand sanitisers to NHS hospitals free of charge for the period of the crisis, whilst the public would be able to purchase them through retailers. INEOS intends to produce both standard and ‘pocket bottle’ hand sanitisers.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, founder and chairman of INEOS commented: “It is becoming increasingly clear that hand to mouth infection is a significant cause of Coronavirus contagion and INEOS is Europe’s largest manufacturer of the core ingredient of hand sanitiser. We will build two factories in the UK and Germany in 10 days to produce very substantial supplies.”

He added: “INEOS is a company with enormous resources and manufacturing skills. If we can find other ways to help in the Coronavirus battle, we are absolutely committed to playing our part.