BASF is set to begin production of hand sanitizers at its Ludwigshafen petrochemicals hub in Germany and will distribute them for free to nearby hospitals in the Rhine-Neckar region to help alleviate supply bottlenecks.
The company has obtained quick regulatory approvals to begin the production, and several tonnes of isopropanol have already been re-allocated to enable hand sanitizer production at the site, it said on Tuesday.
So far, BASF has been producing certain raw materials that can be used to make disinfectant products, but not hand sanitizers.
“We know from hospitals in the region that supplies of appropriate disinfectants are very tight,” said Uwe Liebelt, head of the Ludwigshafen site.
BASF added that its production capabilities will be “limited”, and the company will therefore be able to distribute free products only to hospitals in the region.
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