Making sense of market events: Personal care & hygiene markets

Find out how the coronavirus pandemic impacts the demand and price of chemicals used in production of sanitising products.

Colleagues across the industry stepping up to support the fight against coronavirus, by beginning or expanding the production of hand sanitizer and hand sanitizer ingredients, face masks and respirators. To support colleagues moving into new markets at a time when demand vastly outstrips supply and even seasoned experts struggle to set a fair price, we are making all news stories related to personal care and hygiene products free of charge, and are available to discuss the market with each and all industry players.

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6 April 2020: Personal & home care: How has the pandemic impacted supply of oleochemicals

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Malini Hariharan, Market Development Director APAC

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Personal care and Home care – How has the pandemic impacted supply of oleochemical raw materials
Recorded on the 30th March 2020

Chemical industry steps up to battle Covid-19 with massive sanitiser production

The global chemical industry is stepping up to battle the coronavirus outbreak with a massive pivot towards the production of key raw materials for hand sanitisers as well as the finished product itself. Much of the hand sanitisers will also be distributed free to hospitals and healthcare institutions to address shortages.

Meanwhile, the industry continues to crank out polymers such as polypropylene (PP) for key personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks, surgical gowns and antibacterial wipes; polyethylene (PE) for food and equipment packaging; chlorine bleach for disinfectants and surfactants for soaps and other cleaning products; and polycarbonate (PC) and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) for clear protective screens.

This underscores the critical nature of the chemical industry in human health and safety.

Here are just a few examples:

  • Dow starts up sanitiser production in Stade
  • Ineos to complete two hand sanitiser plants in UK and Germany in 10 days
  • Arkema repurposes production line in France
  • Huntsman to produce 50 tonnes of hand sanitiser for hospitals
  • BASF to produce sanitisers in Germany

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