Team INEOS now Hands On in Belgium as next phase of hand sanitiser deliveries begin

21 Apr 2020

Team INEOS now Hands On in Belgium as next phase of hand sanitiser deliveries begin

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Deliveries of INEOS hand sanitiser have begun in Belgium, with Team INEOS continuing to provide distribution and logistical support.

Belgian healthcare institutions in the regions of Antwerp and Namur/Sambreville have begun to receive hand sanitiser, delivered by Team INEOS employees, today (Tuesday). The hand sanitiser is produced in a new factory in Etain, Northern France, which has been operational since the end of last week. It is the fourth new European production line to be set up by INEOS to cover the critical shortage of hand sanitiser in Europe.

The project, started by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, owner and chairman of the chemical group INEOS, is supported by the team, including Belgian resident Servais Knaven. The 2001 Paris-Roubaix winner is a Sport Director at Team INEOS and has added his encouragement for the project.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, founder and chairman of INEOS, said: "Getting the hand sanitiser into production in just ten days was a huge team effort and Team INEOS, led by Sir Dave Brailsford, has made a major contribution alongside the rest of the INEOS family. We knew that there was a huge shortage of hand sanitiser in Europe and that speed was crucial. We believe the hand sanitiser from INEOS will play an important role in the fight against the virus, helping to protect primary hospital staff and vulnerable people across the country. We are also committed to doing our part in the fight against coronavirus in Belgium, where INEOS was born and where we have important production sites."

In just 10 days INEOS has managed to build hand sanitiser factories from its base at Newton Aycliffe in the UK, Herne in Germany and then Lavéra and Etain in southern and northern France respectively.

INEOS focuses its production primarily on the needs of primary care, but will also provide pocket-sized volumes of hand sanitiser for private use. The hand sanitiser is produced according to the specifications of the World Health Organisation.

INEOS produces chemicals that are used in antibiotics, paracetamol, anti-inflammatories, antivirals, aspirin and the reagent chemicals used in test kits. Their plastics can be found in medical equipment, face masks, fans, sterile gloves and face shields. Acetonitrile from INEOS is used in key pharmaceutical analyses in the search for an effective vaccine.

Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Principal of Team INEOS, said: "Governments have asked the industry for help and INEOS was ready to respond immediately to this call. Team INEOS is used to acting quickly, but a ten day deadline is pretty tight for the logistics of four factories. We are all in the same boat and I am grateful to everyone in the INEOS family for their pragmatic approach to getting the job done."

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, founder and chairman of INEOS adds: "INEOS is a company with important resources and manufacturing skills. Our target is to produce one million bottles of hand sanitiser per month from each of our factories in France, Germany and the UK. If we can find other ways to help in the fight against coronavirus, we will continue to work towards this goal."

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