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Dow to expand hand sanitizer production at additional sites
Source:Adsale Plastics Network     Editor:VC    Date:31.Mar.2020

After assessing the company’s capability to manufacture hand sanitizer at its facilities around the world, Dow announced that some of its manufacturing sites in North America, Europe and Latin America possess the necessary raw material handling, mixing and packaging capabilities and will produce hand sanitizer.


These manufacturing sites are located in Auburn, Michigan; South Charleston, West Virginia; Seneffe, Belgium; and Hortolândia, Brazil. These sites join Dow’s site in Stade, Germany which already produced hand sanitizer for donation.


Dow said in a news release that: “[Dow] does not typically produce hand sanitizer, but a large portion of the required raw materials are readily available at company sites. In addition, Dow’s asset flexibility allows for a meaningful volume of sanitizer to be produced with little to no impact to normal operations.”


Dow to expand hand sanitizer production at additional sites in North America, Europe and Latin America.


Collective output to reach more than 880,000 eight-ounce bottles


Dow’s Auburn site has the capacity to produce approximately 15,000 pounds (7 metric tons) of hand sanitizer per week, which equates to nearly 30,000 eight-ounce bottles. Similar or greater volumes are expected to be produced at the other Dow locations.


When all of these locations are at full production, Dow’s collective output is expected to reach more than 440,000 pounds (200 metric tons), or the equivalent of more than 880,000 eight-ounce bottles.


Production of hand sanitizer will occur for approximately four weeks in the four Dow sites announced, after which time Dow will assess extending production based on raw material availability and market need.


All of the hand sanitizer that will be produced has been allocated with the majority for donation to health systems and government agencies for distribution, according to Dow.


Hand sanitizer will also be distributed to Dow production sites to help protect employees who are on the frontline and ensuring Dow’s manufacturing facilities continue to run safely. First deliveries are expected to begin this week.


Dow’s existing production capabilities are critical to supplying many of the most vital hygiene and medical products and technologies to help address the COVID-19 pandemic, such as disinfectants, sanitizers, cleansers, plastics used in the production of disposable personal protection equipment for medical professionals, memory foams for hospital beds, and more.



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