Covid-19 – Clariant in India extends support to local communities

Contributes over Rs 32 lakhs to various government relief funds

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Clariant, a specialty chemical company, has in the past weeks, initiated the production of sanitizer solutions from its facilities in India to help curb the spread of Covid-19. Clariant’s sites across Roha, Maharashtra; Bonthapally, Telangana; Rania, Vadodara and Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu have committed to supply the necessary products that are required for the healthcare facilities.

Clariant’s site in Cuddalore has produced a total of 154,250 liters of sodium hypochlorite solution for sterilization. This is being used by local hospitals and healthcare centers in 683 panchayats in Cuddalore and around 250 panchayats in Virudunagar district.

In addition, Clariant’s Bonthapally site has produced 4000 liters of the solution with a limited workforce, which was sprayed across 14 local wards. The team handed over 1000 disposable masks and 50 protective face shield masks in and around Bonthapally village, the Gram Panchayat Office and the local police station.

Furthermore, Clariant’s Roha site has been producing sanitizers for local and in-house use. The site team handed over 100 fogging hand pumps for sanitization purposes and nearly 1000 face masks to support the safety of local authorities. The team has donated 300 liters of handwash liquid soap to the Tahsildar office and 2000 liters of the same to the Raigad Collector’s office.

Clariant’s Rania site team distributed 111 dry ration kits to the needy from the nearby villages.

So far, Clariant in India has contributed to chief minister relief funds for Covid-19 of Maharashtra (Rs 10 lakh) and Telangana (Rs 5 lakhs). Our employees have voluntarily contributed a day’s salary and an equal amount was topped up by the management, totaling Rs 16 lakhs towards the prime minister CARES (Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations) Fund. In addition to this, our Roha Employees and the Union, jointly contributed Rs 1.50 lakhs for the Maharashtra chief minister’s relief fund.

Adnan Ahmad, region head for Clariant in India, said, “We are in the midst of an unprecedented situation with the Covid-19 pandemic. Clariant in India’s team is focused on employee safety, community support and ensuring business continuity. Our teams are committed towards supporting the neighborhood around our sites, to ensure that they are safe too. Clariant has also contributed over Rs 32 lakhs to various government relief funds for Covid-19. Simultaneously, we are now meeting the demands for many essential ingredients of our key customers, especially those who are engaged in servicing the increasing needs of the health and hygiene market segments.”

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