France: Engineering Ineos to Build Fourth Hand Sanitiser Unit in France
With the spread of the coronavirus and a shortage in hand sanitisers in France and across Europe, Ineos has undertaken the decision to establish the new plant in order to meet the requirements in Paris, North Eastern France and Belgium.
UK – Ineos has recently announced its plans to build a fourth hand sanitiser plant. The plant to be built in Etian, France will be located to serve the hard hit hospitals in Paris and North Eastern France as well as meet the needs of Belgium.
The company has also announced that it has met its ten-day target to build a hand sanitiser plant in Lavera, France and has recently started production of 1 million hand sanitisers a month. Hand to mouth contamination is one of the main ways that the Coronavirus infects people and there is a critical shortage of hand sanitisers across France and the rest of Europe.
The company is focusing on meeting the needs of front line medical and care services as well as making ‘pocket bottle’ hand sanitisers available for people’s personal use. These will be produced to World Health Organisation (WHO) specifications.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, founder and chairman of Ineos says, “Now that production of the Ineos hand sanitiser has started, we are working on the fastest way to get them to where they need to be. I am confident that within a few days our sanitiser will start to be seen in hospitals, surgeries and people’s homes”.
Ineos is the leading European producer of the two key raw materials needed for sanitisers – isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and ethanol, producing almost 1 million tonnes.
The company is already running these plants flat out and has been diverting more of this product to essential medical use including in the new Ineos factories.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, founder and chairman of Ineos adds, “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”.