MOSCOW (MRC) -- Perstorp, a global leader in the specialty chemicals market, has started the large-scale production of hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant for the Swedish healthcare sector - at cost price, as per the company's press release.
Thus, leading specialty chemicals innovator Perstorp has converted part of the production at its’ Perstorp plant to now produce hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant. Perstorp has the capacity to produce more than 2 million liters per month. The production capacity is expected to exceed the healthcare sector’s current disinfection shortage. The products are being offered at cost price.
Jan Secher, CEO of Perstorp Group, comments: "Extraordinary times call for extraordinary care. Our large scale production capacity can make a real difference at this time and help to solve the disinfectant shortage in the healthcare sector. This is our contribution to the important work that healthcare professionals are doing every day. I am proud that our innovative staff saw this opportunity to help. They have driven this initiative forward together with valuable help from authorities and partners."
Production has started this week and the aim is to continue for as long there is an acute shortage of disinfection products within the Swedish healthcare sector, that regular suppliers cannot fulfill. Permits and agreements for production have been finalized in record quick time together with authorities and partners. In order to produce the disinfectant, Absolut Company delivers ethanol, which is mixed together with other ingredients. This is delivered to the Perstorp industrial plant with help of Univar Solutions and ExxonMobil. The disinfectant is bottled by Lefab Production and transported by Bertschi, Scandibulk och Eurolink to Socialstyrelsen, which distributes the products to healthcare services in regions across Sweden. The first delivery is expected to reach Socialstyrelsen after the Easter weekend.
Ingrid Bergman, Head of Purchasing at Swedish Region Skane, says: "Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic the shortage of disposables such as sanitizers is a major challenge and an issue of great priority. Perstorp has shown tremendous responsibility and initiative in securing the production chain. They have made production possible by arranging all permits from the healthcare sector in cooperation with us, as well as several authorities and other companies."
As MRC reported earlier, as of May 28 2019, Perstorp has obtained FCN 001967 (Food Contact Notification) from the FDA for the use of Pevalen as a plasticizer in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) polymers for use in repeated use food contact articles.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, contrary to the seasonal factor, Russian producers of unmixed polyvinyl chloride (PVC) kept a high level of capacity utilisation during the first two months of the year. Overall PVC output totalled 177,100 tonnes in January-February 2020, up by 5% year on yeart. February production of unmixed PVC in Russia was 85,400 tonnes versus 91,700 tonnes a month earlier, producers Bashkir Soda Company and RusVinyl decreased capacity utilisation. Nevertheless, despite lower production in February, the total output of polymer increased in January-February 2020 to 177,100 tonnes from 169,500 tonnes a year earlier.
Perstorp is one of the world leaders in various sectors of the specialty chemicals market, it's pioneer in formalin chemistry, plastics and surface materials. Perstorp was founded in 1881 and is controlled by PAI partners,a major European private equity company. The company has around 1,500 employees in with 22 production plants in Europe, Asia and North America.