Industry Statement – Accord survey reveals supply issues for some essential ingredients and materials needed for hand sanitiser production, 14 April 2020


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Industry Statement Industry survey reveals supply issues for some essential ingredients and materials needed for hand sanitiser production

It is important adequate supplies of hygiene and cleaning products, like hand sanitisers, are maintained across Australia as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Hygiene companies across Australia are stepping up to meet unprecedented demand for these products. Although this task has been made complex and difficult for many businesses due to disrupted supply chains, both globally and nationally, as well as the current unprecedented restrictions to daily life we are all necessarily facing. 

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Key questions in the survey related to supply chain issues being experienced by respondents. Twenty-four (24) companies provided sufficient details to be included in this assessment of supply chain concerns.
From this cohort it was revealed that seventy-five percent (75%) of responding companies were reporting supply shortages for ethanol.1 Similarly, fifty percent (50%) reported supply problems for isopropanol. And fifty-eight percent (58%) reported issues with obtaining supplies of gelling agents to make alcohol-based hand sanitisers.
1 It should be noted that this reflects the supply situation that responding companies were experiencing in the period 1-6 April 2020, and that this result may therefore not accurately reflect the current situation.

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