INEOS enlists TEAM INEOS and Sir Dave Brailsford to deliver new hand sanitiser to French Hospitals

17 Apr 2020

INEOS enlists TEAM INEOS and Sir Dave Brailsford to deliver new hand sanitiser to French Hospitals

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INEOS, one of the largest manufacturing companies in the world, has today announced that it has started delivering millions of bottles of hand sanitiser each month to hospitals across France.

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, 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 has started production at new plants at Lavéra and Etain in France in under ten days. It has repeated this in Herne Germany and Newton Aycliffe in the UK.  

Working closely with hospitals, as of today, INEOS hand sanitisers are being delivered to Metz and Verdun as well as 29 hospitals across Southern France. Wider distribution will follow as both French plants reach full capacity.
 
INEOS is first focusing on meeting the needs of front line medical and care services before making “pocket bottle” hand sanitisers available for people’s personal use. These will all be produced to World Health Organisation specifications.
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Team INEOS proud to support hand sanitiser deliveries to French hospitals

Team INEOS proud to support hand sanitiser deliveries to French hospitals

Across France it has been widely reported that in many hospitals there is a shortage of medical grade hand sanitiser. In light of this, four-time winner of the Tour de France Chris Froome has made a personal appeal to hospitals who have a shortage of hand sanitiser to contact INEOS directly. 
 
Froome says, "We are all in this together and only by working together will we beat COVID-19. I am proud to be part of the INEOS family and proud that Team INEOS is getting hands on and producing over four million bottles of hand sanitiser every month. Hospitals should contact INEOS for free hand sanitiser to help in their plan to tackle coronavirus and protect front line staff." 

Hand to mouth contamination is one of the main ways that the Corona virus infects people and there is a critical shortage of hand sanitisers across France and Europe.
 
Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Principal, Team INEOS, says, “Governments have 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 four 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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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 Coronavirus vaccines and treatments.
 
INEOS produces chemicals that go into antibiotics, para­cetamol, anti-inflammatories, ­anti-virals, aspirin and the reagent chemicals that go into testing kits. We’re producing the plastics going in to medical equipment, face masks, ventilators, sterile gloves, eye visors and our acetonitrile is used in essential pharmaceutical analysis in the procedures necessary to find a vaccine. The list goes on and on.
 
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 planning to produce a million bottles of hand sanitiser a month from each of our plant in Etain and Lavera in France with the same again at similar facilities in Germany and the UK. If we can find other ways to help in the Coronavirus battle, we remain absolutely committed to playing our part.”
 
For more information please visit: www.ineoshandgel.com

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