Chemical firms around the world are adding yet more production of hand sanitizer and sanitizer raw materials in an effort to meet unprecedented demand in the face of COVID-19. Huntsman has begun manufacturing multi-ton quantities of sanitizer in McIntosh, Alabama, using isopropyl alcohol (IPA) supplied by LyondellBasell Industries. Shell Chemical is increasing production of IPA at plants in Pernis, the Netherlands, and Sarnia, Ontario, and asking customers that use the alcohol for nonmedical purposes to delay orders. The firm says it will donate 2.5 million L of IPA to the Dutch health-care sector and a further 125,000 L to Canada. Dow plans to make hand sanitizer at five sites across the globe for more than 800,000 225-gram bottles. Clariant has started producing 2 million L of hand sanitizer per month in Gendorf, Germany, with ethanol supplied by CropEnergies. Lubrizol is increasing output of a polymeric thickening agent to enable production of an additional 1 billion bottles per month of hand sanitizer. BASF has modified production processes at sites in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the US to enable it to make tens of thousands of liters of hand sanitizer.
WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK), a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Schlüter Print Pharma Packaging, a German-based supplier of a full range of leaflets and booklets.
Schlüter will become part of WestRock’s Multi Packaging Solutions business.
“Schlüter has an excellent reputation as a high-quality supplier to customers in the pharmaceutical and automotive industries, and this acquisition will enable us to build our business in these growing markets,” said Marc Shore, president of WestRock’s Multi Packaging Solutions business. “It will also expand our geographical footprint to better serve customers throughout Europe.”
“We are excited about what becoming part of WestRock means for our customers and employees,” said Andreas Schlüter, owner of Schlüter Print Pharma Packaging. “We firmly believe that WestRock is well positioned to grow the business and continue developing solutions that will help our customers address the challenges they face today and in the future.”
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.