Corona crisis: shortage of disinfectants soon over? Manufacturers donate alcohol

Corona crisis: shortage of disinfectants soon over? Manufacturers donate alcohol

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Alcohol manufacturers help with the disinfectant bottleneck

There is also good news in times of crisis: help in the corona crisis comes from alcohol manufacturers. Several large companies such as Klosterfrau, Jägermeister, Pernod Ricard and other alcohol suppliers help to bridge the bottlenecks in the manufacture of disinfectants and donate large amounts of disinfectants or alcohol to the manufacture of such agents.

For example, the spirits manufacturer Mast-Jägermeister SE from Wolfenbüttel provides the Braunschweig Clinic with 50,000 liters of alcohol for the production of disinfectants. The chemical company KWST from Hanover wants to contribute another 50,000 liters. The Klosterfrau Healthcare Group even quickly changed its production facilities and now produces disinfectants itself. The company donates 500,000 bottles to the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

"We see ourselves primarily as people instead of as entrepreneurs."

A few weeks ago, Jägermeister SE supplied a few liters of alcohol to pharmacies in Wolfenbüttel as a kind of "neighborhood aid", which used them to produce disinfectants. From this commitment, the idea arose to make and want to make a greater contribution in the fight against the corona virus. The company approached the Braunschweig Clinic with the idea of ​​supplying large quantities of alcohol to counteract the impending vacancy of disinfectants.

"We see ourselves not only in our social responsibility as entrepreneurs, but above all as people who are asked for help and who provide it," emphasizes Florian Rehm, spokesman for the Mast family.

Klosterfrau is converting production facilities

The Klosterfrau Healthcare Group would like to counteract the lack of hand disinfectants. "We are in the process of converting one of our production facilities to the production of hand disinfectants in 0.2 l bottles," explains Helmut Fabry, CEO of the Klosterfrau Healthcare Group in a press release.

Fabry: "This is no time for selfishness!"

"We want to do our part to ensure that we all get through this crisis as well as possible," reports the Klosterfrau CEO. This is not a time for selfishness. The company donates 500,000 bottles to the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. "We want to help the country to protect those who use all their energy and labor for all of us," said Fabry.

More providers will follow

The French spirits manufacturer Pernod Ricard also announced that it would donate 70,000 liters of pure alcohol to the disinfectant production. And some Bavarian schnapps distilleries also want to make their contribution and supply pharmacies and clinics with alcohol.

BDBe: "The supply with ethanol is secured."

In addition, the Federal Association of the German Bioethanol Industry (BDBe) announced that bioethanol manufacturers can now supply the basic material for disinfectants. The supply situation with ethanol as a basic material for the production of disinfectants is secured, according to the BDBe. "Germany is thus following a recommendation recently issued by the WHO to loosen the manufacturing specifications in order to expand production by the chemical industry and local pharmacies," the association explains in a press release. So far, bioethanol has mainly been sold in the fuel sector.

According to the BDBe, sustainable bioethanol is produced for various applications, for example for cosmetics, beverages and in the medical field, as well as technical alcohols as cleaning agents or anti-freeze agents and as a climate-friendly addition to gasoline. "The German manufacturers of bioethanol are now able and ready to flexibly provide the required amounts of alcohol for the production of disinfectants," commented Norbert Schindler, Chairman of the BDBe. (vb)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek


  • Federal Association of the German Bioethanol Industry (BDBe): Bioethanol manufacturers supply basic material for disinfectants (published: March 24th, 2020),
  • Klinikum Braunschweig: A plan for the region in the fight against Covid-19 (published: March 22nd, 2020),

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