Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Ordinarily, the news that a factory producing hand sanitiser was being built wouldn’t be worthy of much attention because, quite frankly, who would actually care outside of the people being employed there?
But in these uncertain times, where alcohol based hand wash has never been in higher demand, it’s a welcome relief to hear that a million extra bottles will be shipped out every month.
The man behind the venture is Sir Jim Ratcliffe, billionaire owner of chemical company INEOS and Britain’s richest man, who announced the building of one factory in Middlesbrough and another in Germany.
Sir Jim said of the factories, “It is becoming increasingly clear that hand to mouth infection is a significant cause of Coronavirus contagion and INEOS is Europe’s largest manufacturer of the core ingredient of hand sanitiser.
“We will build two factories in the UK and Germany in 10 days to produce very substantial supplies.
“INEOS is a company with enormous resources and manufacturing skills. If we can find other ways to help in the coronavirus battle, we are absolutely committed to playing our part.”
So don’t worry if you’ve still not seen any sanitiser on supermarket shelves for the last week or so, as plenty more is on it’s way.