The company will supply the products to NHS hospitals for free.
INEOS is getting hands on.
Leading UK chemical manufacturing company, INEOS, has announced plans to build two hand sanitiser factories. This is to meet the current demand for the product amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The two purpose-built plants will be constructed within 10 days and are set to manufacture one million bottles of hand sanitiser per month.
One factory will be built at an existing INEOS site in Newton Aycliffe, near Middlesbrough, and the other to be built in Germany.
INEOS chairman and CEO is Oldham-born billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
INEOS gets hands on.— INEOS (@INEOS) March 24, 2020
Within 10 days, INEOS will construct two purpose-built plants in UK & Germany to produce 1 MILLION bottles of hand sanitiser per month.
Sanitiser will be free for hospitals to help prevent the spread of #COVID19 from hand to mouth: https://t.co/lgeRrGVvMX pic.twitter.com/Tm3lA8WLB8
Speaking of the pledge, Sir Jim Ratcliffe said:
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."
INEOS intends to produce both standard and the increasingly popular “pocket bottle” hand sanitisers and is already talking to retail outlets across Europe.
These bottles will be produced according to World Health Organisation specifications and be specifically designed to kill bacteria and viruses.
The company has also confirmed that due to the present European shortage of hand sanitiser, supplies to NHS hospitals will be free of charge for the period of the crisis and the public will be able to purchase bottles through retailers.
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."