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Coronavirus: Perstorp converts production to tackle Swedish national disinfection crisis

By Jane Byrne

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Perstorp converts production to tackle Swedish national disinfection crisis

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Swedish chemical and feed additives supplier, Perstorp, said it is looking to address the disinfectant shortage in Sweden by repurposing some of its production to that end.

The company has converted part of the production at its plant in the town of Perstorp in Sweden to produce hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant. The products are being offered at cost price.

"With a capacity of over two million liters a month, the aim is to solve the current lack of disinfectants at a national level."

Jan Secher, CEO of Perstorp Group, said: “Extraordinary times call for extraordinary care. Our large scale production capacity can make a real difference at this time and can help 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 got underway 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, said the feed additive producer.

Permits and agreements for production were finalized in record quick time together with authorities and partners, it added.

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 or Eurolink to Socialstyrelsen, which distributes the products to healthcare services in regions across Sweden.

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