Clariant has announced the start of its monthly production of two million liters of disinfectant at its facilities in Gendorf, Germany, to help the State of Bavaria supply a total of 10 million liters to regional hospitals and other vital institutions.
At its facility in Gendorf, Clariant can leverage its infrastructure to blend ingredients to create disinfectants on a large scale. This will allow the company to fulfill close to two-thirds of the monthly targeted demand of 10 million from the Bavarian State.
“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,” said Hans Bohnen, chief operating officer of Clariant. “We can support those working the hardest to protect all of us. Therefore, our employees acted decisively to ensure it was done.”
In order to fulfill the large volume of disinfectant, Clariant has cooperated with several other companies. The main ingredient, ethanol, was provided by CropEnergies AG. After inspection and approval, the ethanol is then mixed with other ingredients to produce disinfectant. Upon completion, the disinfectant is filled into large tank containers where other partnering companies fill it in packaging of suitable sizes, ranging from 1 to 1,000 liters. After this process, the disinfectant is distributed to hospitals and other institutions.
According to the company, the total 10 million liters would represent approximately 750 mL of disinfectant for every resident of Bavaria.
Stephan Trautschold, head of operations for Clariant’s Industrial and Consumer Specialties business, added: “Being able to establish production of such large quantities of disinfectant so quickly is an impressive achievement. I am very 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. Together we can make a difference by supporting those in need.”
For more information, contact Clariant Int. Ltd.