Clariant Producing 2M Liters of Disinfectant Per Month

April 28, 2020

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Clariant Producing 2M Liters of Disinfectant Per Month
Clariant is manufacturing 2 million liters of disinfectant per month at a plant in Germany. Image courtesy of Clariant

Specialty chemicals firm Clariant started to manufacture disinfectant at its Gendorf, Germany plant to help meet shortages of the product created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the company announced this month. The added capabilities enable Clariant to produce 2 million liters of disinfectant per month at the site. 

The company said the Gendorf site’s existing blending infrastructure makes it an ideal location for disinfectant production. Disinfectant made at the site will be donated to hospitals and other institutions in the German state of Bavaria. 

“At times like this, it is vital that everyone, be it individuals or companies, contributes in every way possible to reduce the spread of the virus,” Hans Bohnen, chief operating officer, said in a statement. “We at Clariant have the capability to support those working the hardest to protect all of us.”

Clariant is sourcing ethanol, the main ingredient in the disinfectant, from CropEnergies AG’s Zeitz, Germany facility. Several of the company’s logistics and infrastructure partners are also providing support for the effort. The Gendorf plant will blend the ethanol with other ingredients to manufacture a disinfectant that meets the World Health Organization (WHO) official standards. 

“Being able to establish production of such large quantities of disinfectant so quickly is an impressive achievement. I am proud of our entire team at the Gendorf site, Clariant’s service functions and very appreciative of the support from all other partnering companies and the Bavarian authorities,” said Stephan Trautschold, head of operations for Clariant’s Industrial and Consumer Specialties business, in a release.

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