Essity boosts hand sanitiser capacity in Europe

Essity secures additional capacity to meet increased demand for Tork-branded hand sanitisers.

Hygiene and health company Essity has secured additional capacity to meet the increased demand for Tork-branded hand sanitisers.

The group will increase its supply capacity of hand sanitiser in Europe as of the fourth quarter of 2020. The increased capacity enables continued high growth of the existing range but also new product launches.

Research among 10,000 consumers in 10 countries, conducted on behalf of Essity in July 2020, shows that hand hygiene is now an integral part of everyday routines and that 74 per cent of people now consider hand hygiene to be more a part of their overall health routine than before the pandemic.

The same research shows that 69 per cent of respondents now find hand sanitisers a good complement to washing hands. This is a clear sign that hand sanitisers will play an important role in hand hygiene routines.

One impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a greater focus on hand hygiene as a way to stem the spread of the virus.

Essity’s Professional Hygiene business, under global brand Tork, has seen a steep increase in demand for hand sanitisers in response to new hygiene regulations or customers’ desire to provide an additional layer of safety where water and soap are not available.

By increasing sanitiser capacity, businesses and their employees and customers can offer consistent and reliable access to hand-hygiene products when handwashing is not readily available.

Don Lewis, President Professional Hygiene at Essity, said Essity’s professional hygiene business is committed to delivering a full range of high quality and fully-certified hand sanitiser products.

“This added capacity enables the Tork brand to help our customers secure the new hygiene standard, keeping their businesses running.”

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