BASF donated gloves, masks, safety glasses, goggles, and Tyvek protective suits to a local hospital in Wayne County Michigan. Local collection and donation efforts are expanding as people look for ways to help in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
America’s Plastic Makers Respond to COVID-19
America’s plastics makers are proud to help support healthcare workers and all who are working so hard to save lives during this COVID-19 pandemic.
To respond to these challenges, many companies have increased production of the materials needed to make personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical medical supplies and gear. And some companies are donating plastics to organizations (e.g., manufacturers/universities/organizations with 3D printers) that today are producing additional PPE for those on the frontlines. And many are donating their time and money.
America’s plastic makers and our employees stand together with our communities, healthcare personnel, and other essential workers in the fight to end this crisis.
Companies are listed alphabetically
BASF doesn’t regularly produce hand sanitizer at its New Jersey facility. But their scientists and engineers will produce 3,500 gallons to be bottled and donated to health care systems and government agencies in New Jersey, New York, and beyond. New Jersey Governor: “I want to give a big shout out to BASF…We are greatly appreciative of their efforts.”
They Lived in a Factory for 28 Days to Make Millions of Pounds of Raw PPE Materials to Help Fight CoronavirusThe Washington Post (subscription required)
Braskem Team Members, at two of its U.S. facilities in Marcus Hook, PA and Neal, WV, volunteered to live at the sites for 28 days, working round-the-clock shifts to make enough polypropylene 500 million N95 masks or 1.5 billion surgical masks.
To meet the increased need for N95 masks, protective medical gowns, and other PPE, Braskem has shifted production of the plastics needed to keep key supply lines running. At two facilities where workers voluntarily “live-in” producing materials 24/7, the company enhanced employee compensation and provided onsite kitchens, beds, and supplies to support their teams.
Celanese prioritized its operations to provide specialty materials used in applications such as ventilators, respirators, and other critical medical equipment and supplies.
Chevron Phillips is producing additional materials for use in packaging urgently needed items, such as bleach, hand sanitizer, COVID-19 test kit packaging, disinfectant wipe bottles, and tote containers that store alcohols vital to the production of hand sanitizer.
Covestro has made donations of face masks and hand sanitizer to local responders and public service organizations. The company also is making available its expertise in materials and 3D printing, such as by collaborating with 3D printing companies and a research institute exploring 3D printing of ventilator components.
To aid in the fight against COVID-19, Covestro is stepping forward to address the urgent need for plastics used in multiple medical products, including a ventilator part. One facility makes a plastic film used in medical face shields that creates a protective barrier against respiratory spray and droplets. The facility received a typical year's worth of orders in just two months and is running 24 hours to make the film.
Dow created an innovative, open-source design for a one-piece COVID-19 face shield that can be manufactured using multiple technologies and types of plastics. The company also is collaborating with partners to produce 100,000 face shields for distribution to Michigan hospitals.
To address the critical need for PPE, Dow collaborated with nine companies to develop and donate 100,000 isolation gowns to healthcare workers in Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico. Dow: “It’s… a testament to how quickly companies can innovate when a diverse team from different organizations across industries come together to achieve a common objective.”
DuPont is doubling the production of protective garments made from its Tyvek plastic material to about 30 million a month to help meet increased demand from healthcare workers. DuPont: "We're producing up to almost two times the number of garments per month to help support the demand that's currently in front of us."
DuPont launched a new program to help protect more frontline responders. #TyvekTogether aims to increase the overall availability of Tyvek® personal protective garments. At full capacity, this initiative could deliver 6 million additional non-surgical isolation gowns every month to help protect even more workers.
“There’s nowhere to get this stuff,” said Yellowstone County’s director of emergency services. So ExxonMobil donated hundreds of gallons of hand sanitizer made at its Louisiana facility to area first responders, long-term care facilities, and other community facilities. ExxonMobil is donating approximately 8,000 gallons a day to their communities.
ExxonMobil has partnered with the Global Center for Medical Innovation to help increase the production of needed face shields and masks, including a new reusable mask that can withstand repeated sterilization. Once the FDA approves the prototypes, manufacturers will be able to produce 40,000 ready-to-use masks and filter cartridges per hour, increasing the availability for medical professionals.
ExxonMobil Shifts Operations, Starts Producing, Packaging Sanitizer in Fight Against Coronavirus SpreadThe Advocate
To help protect those on the frontlines against COVID-19, ExxonMobil shifted operations at two Louisiana facilities: one to produce enough hand sanitizer to fill millions of plastic bottles and the other to actually fill those bottles. ExxonMobil is donating the hand sanitizer to health care providers and first responders in LA, TX, NY, NJ, PA, & NM. More donations are planned.
LANXESS is donating the equivalent of 1 million liters of its highly effective disinfectant to hospitals, government health agencies, and public institutions in 13 countries, including the United States.
LyondellBasell donated $1.3 million to support the COVID-19 response efforts of food banks in the United States and 17 other countries. The company also donated isopropyl alcohol to Huntsman Corporation for production of five tons of hand sanitizer to help protect health care workers.
LyondellBasell doesn’t normally make hand sanitizer. But to combat severe shortages in Texas, they produced and bottled 240 gallons of hand sanitizer to donate to first responders. County Judge: “Harrison County is now abundantly supplied in hand sanitizer thanks to [LyondellBasell’s] generosity. We are grateful and thankful for their support of people they don’t know and may never meet.”
To support and help keep medical workers safe, Nova Chemicals is donating plastic resin to a company that altered its operations to make medical masks and reusable medical straps. The donation helps the company create more than 4,000 masks per day that, in turn, are being donated to multiple hospitals.
NOVA Chemicals Focused on the Health and Safety of Our Workforce, Communities, Customers and SuppliersNOVA
NOVA is committing up to $200,000 in support of its communities. The company also adjusted its plastics production to provide a sufficient supply of material for medical supplies, food packaging, and other high-demand goods.