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Ecolab increases production of hand sanitiser for NHS

25 August 2020

A Northwich manufacturing plant is stepping up production to supply five million litres of hand sanitiser to the NHS by the end of 2020.

Global company Ecolab is a long-term supplier to the NHS Supply Chain, providing critical infection prevention solutions to help ensure safer healthcare environments, and has obviously seen a sharp increas in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, having increased manufacturing capacity by 700 percent across Europe.

A new mixing and filling line was set up in six weeks to produce alcohol-based hand sanitisers at the Weavergate plant in Northwich.

The first bottles were filled and delivered in early July, and further enhancements will help produce a quarter of a million bottles per week from September. Twenty new employees have been hired locally to support the production team of more than 50 full-time workers.

Miranda Gordon, head of category, wound care and infection control at NHS Supply Chain, said: “Ecolab has been a reliable partner at the heart of the crisis.

“Their healthcare team has always been a phone call away and have proven great resilience to help supply disinfection products. Now that the peak has passed, we are building new stock of critical products and ensure our preparedness, whatever may come. We are grateful to Ecolab for the continuous support.”

Howard Wilkinson, area vice president for Ecolab Healthcare in North and West Europe, commented: “We are delighted to work alongside NHS Supply Chain to provide critical product into the NHS and social care across the UK.

“The wider Ecolab team have worked tirelessly to re-tool and scale our local manufacturing in order to deliver a solution to the local market in under six weeks. Our speed of response reflects the strength of a global company with local reach in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Ecolab is committed to support healthcare facilities across Europe, and is working with 8,700 hospitals across more than 90 countries globally.