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INEOS launches new healthcare products business
INEOS, one of the world’s largest chemical producers, has announced the launch of its new global healthcare business, INEOS Hygienics. The launch comes after INEOS successfully delivered more than four million bottles of sanitiser to hospitals around the world at the height of the virus pandemic.
The new business will produce a range of hospital grade hand gels, sanitiser sprays for hands and surfaces, and sanitiser wipes, available for sale to the public.
INEOS Hygienics will be headquartered in the UK and operate manufacturing plants at Newton Aycliffe, Herne in Germany, Etain in France and Jacksonville and Neville Island in the US.
George Ratcliffe, chief operating officer for INEOS Hygienics, said: “To date, we’ve delivered more than four million bottles of sanitiser to hospitals around the world, bringing confidence to thousands of frontline medical staff and care providers. Now, we’re able to offer that same level of protection to the public. INEOS sanitiser products will now help us all to target viruses and bacteria with confidence at home, at work and beyond.”
INEOS Hygienics will formulate its sanitisers with 75% alcohol, in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organization, the US FDA, and European health services. Nothing is added which is not needed to kill infection. This ensures that it is effective in eliminating 99.9% of viruses and bacteria.
The launch of the INEOS Hygienics business was announced during the British Grand Prix and is supported by six-time double world champions, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team.
Toto Wolff, team principal & CEO of the Mercedes F1 team, said: “It is fantastic that we’re back racing and it’s only possible due to the stringent protocol measures that are in place across sport, including team members prioritising hygiene. The INEOS Hygienics range of medical grade sanitisers is helping to protect the team, giving us confidence to get the job done at the factory and on the track. The innovation and adaptation that INEOS has demonstrated in its response to the pandemic have been impressive and we’re proud to be carrying the INEOS Hygienics name on the car at Silverstone and for the next races.”
INEOS is Europe’s largest producer of ultra-high purity ethanol and isopropyl alcohol (IPA) which are the two main ingredients used in sanitiser products.
Supply to Amazon as well as pharmacies, wholesalers and supermarkets is now starting across the UK and Germany, with France and the US following shortly.
George Ratcliffe concluded: “Covid-19 has made everyone more aware of the importance of hygiene and the need for effective sanitising products. INEOS Hygienics is determined to ensure our products are available to meet the increased demand around the world. As a new and quickly evolving hygiene business, we will be able to meet the demands of both consumers and businesses as we all adapt to the new demands for hygiene against Corona and other viruses.”