Team INEOS help to deliver new hand sanitizer to NHS hospitals

Team INEOS Hand Sanitizer

INEOS, one of the largest manufacturing companies in the world, has announced that it has started delivering a million bottles of hand sanitizer a month to NHS hospitals across the UK.

The project brought together the manufacturing and enterprise of INEOS led by Sir Jim Ratcliffe and the racing team logistics led by Sir Dave Brailsford, the Team Principal of Team INEOS. This major initiative has brought together the very best of all INEOS and its teams in a race against the clock.

INEOS announced that it would bring its production plant at Newton Aycliffe in Teesside online in just ten days and that deliveries would start immediately afterwards. It has repeated this in Herne Germany and Lavera in France and earlier this week announced a fourth facility in North East France at Étain.

Working closely with NHS Trusts, as of today, INEOS hand sanitizers are being delivered to 28 hospitals across the UK including Grangemouth, Halton, Teesside, Derby and London. Wider distribution will follow as the plant reaches full capacity.

INEOS is first focusing on meeting the needs of front line medical and care services before making “pocket bottle” hand sanitizers available for people’s personal use. These will all be produced to World Health Organisation specifications.

Hand to mouth contamination is one of the main ways that the Coronavirus infects people and there is a critical shortage of hand sanitizers across the UK and Europe.

All of INEOS nine polymer and chemical divisions are currently supplying products for the medical and pharmaceutical industries and many of them are now being used in the fight for CV19 vaccines and treatments.

Its products are essential for the production of essential health products in the medical field, including rubber gloves, PVC saline infusions, syringes, ventilators, medical tubes. Its products purify public drinking water. It produces raw materials for soap, phenol for aspirin and paracetamol, and its acetonitrile is used in essential pharmaceutical analysis in the procedures necessary to find a vaccine.

The US Department of Homeland Security has even described INEOS Acetonitrile, IPA and Acetone as “Critical to ensure National Resilience” in their CV-19 response.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, founder and chairman of INEOS adds, “INEOS is a company with enormous resources and manufacturing skills. We are not only planning to produce a million bottles of hand sanitizer a month in the UK but the same again at similar facilities in Germany and France. If we can find other ways to help in the Coronavirus battle, we remain absolutely committed to playing our part.”

  • Up to a million bottles of INEOS’ new hand sanitizer have started being delivered to NHS hospitals across the UK just ten days after the plan was announced.
  • The project initiated by Sir Jim Ratcliffe is now being supported by Sir Dave Brailsford and Team INEOS.
  • The initial deliveries are going from the INEOS production plant at Newton Aycliffe in the North East to 28 hospitals around the country.
  • INEOS is now producing almost 200 different products that are being used in drugs, testing kits, ventilators and protective clothing in the fight against the Coronavirus and the US Dept of Homeland Security has described many as being “critical to national resilience” from basic sanitation through to the search for a vaccine.
  • Sir Jim Ratcliffe, founder and chairman of INEOS, says, “Getting the hand sanitizer into production in just ten days was a huge team effort and Team INEOS, led by Sir Dave Brailsford have made a great contribution alongside the rest of the INEOS family. We knew there was a massive shortage of hand sanitizers across the UK and that speed was crucial. We believe these INEOS sanitizers will play a key part in the fight against the virus, helping protect our NHS front line staff and vulnerable people across the country.”
  • Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Principal, Team INEOS, says, “The British government asked industry to help and INEOS was proud to answer the call. Team INEOS is used to moving at speed but ten days from start to finish for three plants already was incredibly tight. We are all in this together and I am grateful to everyone in the entire INEOS family for their hands-on approach to getting the job done.”

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