DuPont Businesses Band Together to Produce and Deliver Hand Sanitizer

Article | May 6,2020
DuPont Businesses Band Together to Produce Hand Sanitizer

​Across DuPont, business and functional teams have banded together to answer the COVID-19 call for something they’ve never before produced, packaged or distributed: hand sanitizer.


From idea to action

Unrivaled demand from hospitals, supermarkets and others facing heavy supply issues triggered our Nutrition & Biosciences business to switch gears and begin producing disinfecting hand sanitizer. It began when the team in Bomlitz, Germany determined they could use their flexible pilot plant to​​ quickly produce the initial batches, using recipes provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) and working closely with the corporate Science and Innovation teams in Geneva and Wilmington, Delaware. They quickly scaled up and began delivering the sanitizer to local hospitals and others in the community, with help from their colleagues in the Transportation & Industrial business, who provided the 5-liter containers to deliver the much-needed supplies.

“DuPont is a company that first and foremost does the right thing. It’s what underpins our values. In a crisis like this, that’s what matters most, ” Johan Jansen-Storbacka, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences Personal Care Business Segment Leader, said. “This has been a great example of how we are able to work across businesses and functions to achieve something new in a truly short time. It reflects the true spirit that makes DuPont.”

Today, the site has produced more than 26 metric tons of hand sanitizer and shipped more than 12 metric tons to sites and local communities in Germany and Switzerland. They’re also looking at options to ship to additional European countries.


“This has been a great example of how we're able to work across businesses and functions to achieve something new in a truly short time. It reflects the true spirit that makes DuPont.”


Johan Jansen-Storbacka, Personal Care Business Segment Leader, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences


Answering the call, around the world

In the US, teams have distributed hand sanitizer to several of our plants and local communities across Wilmington, Michigan, and Fort Madison, Iowa. In Remington, Indiana, workers are producing four metric tons for local needs, and Kingston, Canada, will soon join the effort and produce disinfectant for their local community.

“It was amazing to see how quickly our employees responded to a request for USP grade water and figured out how to pull it off - creating a partnership between DuPont and another local company to produce hand sanitizer for the State of Michigan,” DuPont Transportation & Industrial's Jessica Snyder, Hemlock HIMS Site Leader said.

At DuPont’s Fort Madison site in Iowa, Electronics & Imaging Plant Manager John Hellige is leading the charge. Much like the Bomlitz site, Fort Madison utilized a recipe provided by the World Health Organization to develop a process for the production of hand sanitizer to support area hospitals, small businesses and community organizations. Thus far, more than 150 gallons have been produced and delivered in the community. 


“I am so proud of our DuPont colleagues who have stepped up to answer the call by converting some of our manufacturing lines to produce and distribute hand sanitizer as a way to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are all in this together, and here at the Fort Madison site, we're humbled to assist in delivering essential materials to those who are most in need."

 John Hellige, Plant Manager, DuPont Electronics & Imaging

To date, DuPont has donated approximately 1,500 gallons to local nonprofit organizations and government agencies, including hospitals and local emergency management services. They’ve also provided hand sanitizer to roughly 180 businesses and individuals from the local area and 100 employees and contractors.  

And they’re not done yet, according to Hellige, who noted their plans to make another 30 batches of sanitizer to which will be sent to DuPont sites across North America and donated to the communities they serve.

“Businesses were overjoyed and we’re still following up with others. "This has been my most rewarding DuPont work experience…everyone is really proud and humbled by what we’ve been able to accomplish.”


Special delivery: Delivering much-needed hand sanitizer in our local communities


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