| 23.03,20. 04:48 PM |
Don’t panic: Pictures show why you don’t need to stockpile sanitiser
Hand sanitiser producers are working all hours to keep up with unprecedented demand. Credit: Twitter/Karen Andrews
Australian hand sanitiser producers are working around the clock to keep up with unprecedented demand.
Minister for Industry Karen Andrews says manufacturers have already significantly increased their output and more is being done to grow that even further.
Ego Pharmaceuticals, which makes Aqium sanitiser at its factory in Melbourne, says output has been “drastically” increased.
Managing Director Alan Oppenheim says the company is set to ramp up production in coming weeks.
“In February, we made five times what we forecast and our factory is now running 24 hours a day, five days a week,” Oppenheim said.
“We’re currently hiring to increase that to six days a week and we’ve stopped our little bit of exporting to prioritise Australian needs.”
The government has also moved to ensure production of ethanol, one of the key ingredients in hand sanitiser, would be sufficient.
“Our large ethanol producers have indicated they have capacity to make more pharmaceutical-grade ethanol as needed,” Andrews said.
Toilet paper manufacturer Kleenex has also reassured customers there’s no need to panic as the product flies off the shelves amid the nation’s coronavirus outbreak.
Kleenex says staff at the company’s warehouse in Millicent, in South Australia, have been working all hours to meet increased demand.
“We are working around the clock at our mill in South Australia to keep the supermarket shelves stocked with Kleenex Complete Clean toilet paper,” it said on Facebook.
“As you can see, we won’t be running out anytime soon.”
Staff at the mill have seen the lighter side of the virus-driven paper crisis, rising to the occasion.
“We’ll do anything for Australia... desperate times call for desperate measures,” one worker told 7NEWS.
“It’s not easy in there but we’ll keep doing what we’re doing.
“We’re making as much toilet paper as possible.”