Düsseldorf, Germany – April 7, 2020 – BASF Personal Care has started the production of hand sanitizers at different production sites in Europe. The products are being provided free of charge to hospitals, care facilities and other institutions in regions surrounding production plants. The company wants to help overcome the current bottleneck for hand sanitizer that resulted from significantly increased demand.
The German production site of BASF Personal Care in Düsseldorf has already produced and donated 13,000 liters of the urgently needed product and will deliver further 23,000 liters to a central collection point in the city. From there it will be distributed by the authorities to local medical institutions. Similar programs are underway at other European sites in Spain, France and Italy.
“We know that the supply situation for suitable disinfectants is very tight in Europe. By using our production assets and filling lines to offer disinfectants to hospitals, we are helping fight the current coronavirus pandemic”, says Xavier Susterac, Senior Vice President Personal Care Europe. “Our priority at BASF is now to protect people, both inside and outside the company.”
Raw materials for personal care industry used for disinfectants
BASF produces some of the raw materials that can be used to manufacture disinfectants, other necessary materials are purchased externally. They are normally used within the company’s value-adding chain to produce ingredients for the personal care and home care markets. The company has now reallocated some of the acquired raw materials, in particular isopropanol, to the production of hand sanitizer.
With this action, BASF Personal Care follows in the footsteps of the ‘Helping Hands’ campaign, launched by the parent company in Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF SE is producing hand sanitizer and donating it to healthcare facilities in the Rhein-Neckar metropolitan region. Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis the company has activated an extensive package of measures to slow the spread of the virus and protect people. Measures are ranging from the implementation of telecommuting or the adaptation of production shifts to increased hygiene.
About the Care Chemicals division at BASF
The BASF division Care Chemicals offers a broad range of ingredients for personal care, home care, industrial & institutional cleaning, and technical applications. We are a leading global supplier for the cosmetics industry as well as the detergents and cleaners industry, and support our customers with innovative and sustainable products, solutions and concepts. The division’s high-performance product portfolio includes surfactants, emulsifiers, polymers, emollients, chelating agents, cosmetic active ingredients and UV filters. We have production and development sites in all regions and are expanding our presence in emerging markets. Further information is available online at www.care-chemicals.basf.com.
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 117,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €59 billion in 2019. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.