COVID-19: BASF to produce hand sanitizers at Ludwigshafen to ease local supply strains

01:40 AM | March 18, 2020 | Robert Westervelt

BASF plans to provide hospitals in Germany's Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region with free hand sanitizers to help overcome tight supplies, most likely starting at the end of this week. 

“We know from hospitals in the region that the supply situation for suitable disinfectants is very tight in some cases. We therefore want to help ensure availability,” says Uwe Liebelt, BASF president/European site and Verbund management, and site manager for Ludwigshafen.

BASF says it has taken steps over the past few days to allow the company to produce medical disinfectants at its Ludwigshafen, Germany, site. The company has been granted a special permit by the state ministry of health of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

BASF produces some of the raw materials that can be used to manufacture disinfectants at its Ludwigshafen site. It has reallocated several metric tons, in particular of isopropyl alcohol, to the production of hand sanitizers.

“We have considered how we can best help within the scope of our possibilities by supporting those who are now particularly important: hospital doctors and nursing staff,” says Michael Heinz, a BASF board member. “As our production capabilities are very limited, we will initially only be able to supply hospitals in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. In this way we hope to ease the overall demand situation.”