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.

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The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the chemical industry as never before, with a surge in demand for chemicals needed to create hand sanitisers and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Colleagues across the industry have responded to the crucial need for these materials by initiating or expanding the production of hand sanitiser, hand sanitiser ingredients, face masks and respirators.

To support the chemical companies that are moving into new markets to battle the coronavirus outbreak, we are making all the news stories related to personal care and hygiene products free of charge as well running a regular industry forum on this topic.

Latest Insights

The chemical industry is playing a crucial part to help fight the spread of coronavirus. The overwhelming demand for chemicals has brought unpredictability to the personal care and hygiene markets. Discover our latest insights.

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Upcoming Webinars

SEA plastic processing in a world of coronavirus

23 June 2020, Tuesday, 7:00AM BST | Presenters:
John Richardson, Asia Senior Consultant
Hazel Goh, Senior Editor
Leanne Tan, Senior Editor
Izham Ahmad, Senior Editor

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Recent Industry Forums

If you were unable to join us for our previous industry forums, you can still keep up to date with the recordings below.

Personal Care, House Care and Hygiene forum – the outlooks and developments in the Asian and European IPA market
Recorded on the 6th April 2020
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 coronavirus pandemic has put a spotlight on the critical nature of the chemical industry in human health and safety.

Many chemicals companies have stepped up to help tackle the outbreak through the production of key raw materials for hand sanitisers as well as the finished product itself, with a high proportion being distributed free to hospitals and healthcare institutions that so desperately need it.

Meanwhile, the industry continues to produce 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.
Find out more about how companies are joining efforts:

Acknowledging our partners

At ICIS, we want to say a big thank you to our partners in the chemical industry for their relentless efforts in responding to the pandemic since the early days of the outbreak. Watch our video to see how they’ve helped to make a difference.

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