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INEOS starts UK hand sanitiser production

INEOS has announced it has hit its ten-day target to build a hand sanitiser plant near Middlesbrough and has started producing 1 million units a month.

The new plant at Newton Aycliffe commenced production at the weekend, well within the ten-day time frame, and is running three shifts around the clock.

INEOS is focusing on meeting the needs of front line medical and care services, as well as making “pocket bottle” hand sanitisers available for personal use. Free issue to the NHS commenced today and all sanitisers are produced in accordance with World Health Organisation specifications.

Production has started at the new INEOS hand sanitiser plant at Newton Aycliffe, near Middlesbrough / Picture: INEOS


Sir Jim Ratcliffe, founder and chairman of INEOS, said: “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 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.”

A German sister plant is also in production and plans are being drawn up for a third plant in France.

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