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Arkema Repurposes Production Line To Help Fight COVID-19

May 12, 2020
Arkema Inc. donates hand sanitizer to help four states fight COVID-19.

Arkema employee prepares hand sanitizer for shipment from its Geneseo, N.Y. plant to emergency management officials in New York State, Pennsylvania, Texas and Tennessee for use in the fight against COVID-19. 

Arkema repurposed a production line at its plant in Geneseo, N.Y. to manufacture 10,000 gallons of hand sanitizer solution – enough to fill 110,000 12 oz. bottles, according to the company. This solution, made with the company’s own hydrogen peroxide, has donated to New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, where the company has key operations. Brenntag and ExxonMobil reportedly helped make the donation possible. Arkema is a manufacturer of hydrogen peroxide, which is used in many industrial and personal care applications where its disinfectant properties are needed.

Arkema Inc. donated product to the New York State Office of Emergency Management, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Texas Division of Emergency Management and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. Arkema Inc. operates 13 sites in these states.

“The hand sanitizer solution donated by Arkema will no doubt be put to good use in our state,” says Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania. “With materials like this currently difficult to purchase, we welcome this fresh supply to support our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  We are grateful that Pennsylvania-based companies such as Arkema are stepping up to help us stop the spread.”

In addition to the U.S. initiative, Arkema Group and its subsidiary Bostik Australia have donated hand sanitizer to hospitals and healthcare facilities in France and Australia.

“I’m proud that Arkema could leverage our expertise and assets in sourcing, safety, manufacturing and distribution to make this donation,” said Manny Katz, Global Group President, Oxygenated Products.  “We could not have done this without help from Brenntag and ExxonMobil.”

For more information, visit: www.arkema.com

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