• Pact expects to make up to 2 million units of hand sanitiser per month.
    Pact expects to make up to 2 million units of hand sanitiser per month.

Pact Group is joining the fight against the Coronavirus by starting up production of hand sanitiser, with operations across four of its Sydney facilities.

Production is expected to be in full swing by mid-April, when the company expects to be making about 2 million units of hand sanitiser per month.

The sanitiser will be packaged in 500ml, 1-litre, and 2-litre bottles, as well as in 50ml tubes. All packaging will be manufactured by Pact Group.

The company will switch from making other products such as industrial cleaners to free up capacity to make sanitiser.

Production will take place at one of its Sydney facilities, while packaging will take place at three others in the city. Three of the four sites will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while one will operate 24 hours a day, six days a week.

Pact Group CEO Greg Beilby was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald as saying the company would run production “as hard as we can to meet the need”.

“What I’m really happy about is that we’re able to meet a community need in what is a pretty dire time,” he said.

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