As we collectively navigate this unprecedented COVID-19 environment, Lubrizol remains committed to the health and safety of our employees, our customers and our communities.
How is Lubrizol responding to COVID-19?
As part of our safety culture, Lubrizol had pandemic plans and teams in place well before COVID-19. These teams were activated early in this journey and are regularly assessing and following both global health recommendations, as well as local guidance in all areas where we operate. Across the company, Lubrizol has a range of policies to support employees as they seek to balance their professional and personal lives during this environment.
What practices and protocols have you put in place?
Lubrizol has implemented our Pandemic Response Plan and has taken the following actions:
Why is Lubrizol deemed “essential” in this environment and why is it critical your operations continue?
Many of the products Lubrizol makes are essential to protection of emergency services and first responders, our healthcare systems supplied with critical resources, as well as ensure continuity of infrastructure, power generation, and transportation.
How have your manufacturing operations been impacted?
At this time, our manufacturing operations capability across the world has not been significantly impacted, and the majority of inventory across our business also remains at normal levels.
We continue to closely monitor logistics flow and our supply chain to minimize disruptions.
We’ve had a formal Raw Material Risk Management Program (RMRMP) in place for almost a decade. This program was implemented shortly after the global recession of 2008 in response to numerous market disruptions.RMRMP assesses potential supply disruptions of major raw materials and identifies opportunities to mitigate known supply risks. Where practical, we have taken steps to mitigate the highest risks of inbound supply disruption.
Since the first announcement of COVID-19 in China, our sourcing team has increased our supplier communications to identify any current or near-term supply constraints. We communicate that information directly with our global supply planning team and take appropriate mitigation actions as needed.
How is Lubrizol responding to increased demands for hand sanitizers?
Lubrizol will enable an additional 1 billion bottles of hand sanitizer globally every month by increasing its Carbopol® polymer production. Lubrizol’s Carbopol polymers efficiently thicken hand sanitizer formulations and allow the gel-like form we know them as today, which allows for a more complete and effective application. Since early January, the company pulled every available lever to support growing Carbopol polymer demand and converted its global manufacturing assets to prioritize supply for cleansing and sanitizing products.