Europe, Univar B.V., a subsidiary of Univar Solutions Inc. (a global chemical and ingredient distributor and provider of value-added services), has announced it has joined forces with INEOS for the Hands On! campaign to help combat European shortages of commercial hand sanitiser products.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Founder and Chairman of INEOS, has pledged to build a hand sanitiser factory in the UK within 10 days, with the objective of producing and donating one million bottles a month to help fight the European shortage. INEOS has previously distributed Univar’s solvents to customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 


Nick Powell, President of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific for Univar said: “Our core values include always being serious about safety and a place where people matter, along with being valuable to others and doing what we say, so together we win.  We are pleased to join the INEOS Hands On! campaign and do our duty as a responsible company.”

Powell added: “We were pleased to get the call from INEOS to join them and help with their pledge to quickly produce substantial supplies of hand sanitiser for the UK National Health Service. Our technical expertise, product range, and logistics network allowed us to help get this project off the ground and become a reality in just a matter of days.  We are proud to have been able to play our part and make a contribution to the people of the UK, and jointly there are plans to expand this project to Germany, enabling the supply of product across much of Western Europe.”

Ashley Reed, CEO, INEOS Enterprises, added: “Our goal is to quickly supply those on the medical and care front lines.  We will also create a ‘pocket’ version for personal use for people in the UK and Europe. 

“Univar Solutions has been instrumental in helping us meet our pledge to the UK National Health Service by providing bottles, a manufacturing line, logistics support, and formulation advice.  We are now looking to replicate this project in Germany, France and other European countries.”

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8th April 2020