A HAND sanitiser production facility will produce more than 1m bottles a month to help deal with the shortage left from the coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday (March 24), British chemical giant INEOS revealed it would build the new plant in Newton Aycliffe within ten days.
INEOS, which already operates sites in Seal Sands and Newton Aycliffe, said the plant would supply vital hand sanitisers to hospitals, schools, places of work, supermarkets and pharmacies.
Revealing there was a "critical shortage of hand sanitisers" across Europe, the firm said it would be providing the products to hospitals entirely free.
Jim Ratcliffe, founder and chairman of INEOS said: “It is becoming increasingly clear that hand to mouth infection is a significant cause of Corona virus contagion and INEOS is Europe’s largest manufacturer of the core ingredient of hand sanitiser."
Sir Ratcliffe confirmed a further factory built to the same specification within ten days would be constructed in Germany.