Dow Shifts Production Processes to Produce Sanitizer

March 24, 2020

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Dow Shifts Production Processes to Produce Sanitizer
Dow said it is starting to produce hand sanitizer in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Image courtesy of Dow

American chemicals and materials firm Dow announced Monday that it is altering its production processes to facilitate the production of hand sanitizer at a US facility and a plant in Stade, Germany. 

The company does not traditionally produce hand sanitizer. Dow said it selected Stade because of its existing raw material handling, mixing, and bulk packaging equipment could be shifted to hand sanitizer production. As of March 20, the plant ramped up to 15 tn/day of the product, or about 300 tn/month. The company fills Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) with the hand sanitizer and donates the products to pharmacies and hospitals in Stade and elsewhere in Germany. 

“COVID-19 is an unprecedented challenge that we all together are facing every day. I am very proud that within a few days only our colleagues have made it possible for us to make a small but very important contribution to overcoming the pandemic,” Ralf Brinkman, president of Dow Germany, said in a press release.

The company is also working to convert an existing facility in the US to produce hand sanitizer. 

Industrial firm 3M also said it is increasing production of hand sanitizers and disinfectants in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. 

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