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MOL Group starts producing hand, surface sanitizers to offer protection against COVD-19

March 26/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Hungarian MOL Group has started production of hand and surface sanitizers to offer protection against the coronavirus, Trend reports citing the company.

'Lubricants producer and MOL Group member MOL Lub Ltd. has shifted production of a windshield washer production line at its Almasfuzito plant in only one week. The unit is operating 24/7, in three shifts, producing a daily volume of around 50,000 liters allowing MOL to contribute to the global fight against COVID-19,' the company said.

The formulas for the two new products have been created on the basis of WHO recommendations, and have been tested and approved by the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition in record time in light of the COVID-19 situation. The ethanol for producing the hand sanitizer has been sourced from Hungary. These new hygienic products are thus being sourced from, and manufactured by, Hungarian firms.

MOL Lub has already shipped the first manufactured volumes to state institutions playing a key role in the fight against coronavirus (e.g., hospitals, waste management companies, public utilities) as directed by the Operative Group set up by the Hungarian government. Production and shipping will be continuous.

MOL Lub is also working to make these products available at its retail outlets to all Hungarians to help ease current shortages.

MOL Hygi is available in 2-liter recyclable plastic bottles for the time being but will also come in smaller sizes as of next month.

MOL Group is also starting production of the sanitizers in Slovakia and Croatia. INA, the Croatian member of the Group, will be producing 50,000 liters of sanitizer for now. In Slovakia, production of the sanitizer was launched at VURUP, also a member of MOL Group.

As MRC informed before, MOL Petrochemicals Company (formerly known as TVK, part of the MOL Group), the only Hungarian producer of olefins and polyolefins, announced force majeure on the supply of polypropylene (PP) from plant No. 4 at the petrochemical complex in Tiszaujvaros (Tiszaujvaros, Hungary) on 23 September 2019.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, PP shipments to the Russian market were 127,240 tonnes in January 2020, up by 33% year on year. ZapSibNeftekhim's homopolymer PP accounted for the main increase in shipments.

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas PLC is an integrated oil and gas company. The Company produces crude oil, petroleum products, bitumens, lubricants and natural gas. MOL owns and operates refineries, oil and gas pipelines, service stations, and natural gas storage facilities.


mrcplast.com
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Europe, PP, PE, homopolymer PP, petrochemistry, MOL Group, TVK, Hungary, Russia.
Category:General News
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