Chemicals manufacturer Huntsman Corporation is to begin making hydro alcoholic solution to produce hand sanitiser at its manufacturing site in Monthey, Switzerland, in response to an urgent appeal by Swiss authorities.
The firm will produce about 50 tonnes of hand sanitiser to donate free of charge to hospitals and pharmacies, which are facing increasing shortages due to the Covid-19 pandemic and constrained supply.
In a statement, Huntsman said the first shipment of five tonnes is expected to be “delivered immediately,” while more production is planned to ensure a stable supply of between three tonnes and five tonnes per week as required to help safeguard medical staff, patients and the public.
“As this virus makes its way to every continent, we will continue to leverage our experience and knowledge in other regions, including the US,” says CEO Peter Huntsman.
In recent weeks, Huntsman has contributed its chemical products to the fight against the coronavirus Covid-19 in China. The firm has donated products to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical personnel fighting the coronavirus and insulation panels for hospital construction.
Earlier this week, Swedish fashion retailer H&M Group said it is mobilising its supply chain to produce PPE to be delivered to hospitals and health care workers, while in the US, a coalition of apparel and textile firms has joined forces to build a supply chain to fast-track the manufacturing of medical face masks.