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Lubrizol Maximizes Carbopol® Polymer Production to Enable 1 Billion Bottles of Hand Sanitizer Every Month

April 1, 2020

Company Helping to Address Global Shortage to Fight COVID-19<br />

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc., a global specialty chemical company with a mission to improve lives, today announced that it has increased production of its Carbopol® polymers, a thickening agent found in most hand sanitizing gels and cleansing applications, to assist with the global fight against COVID-19.

Since early January, we have modified and expanded our production, and consulted with customers on new formulations, allowing us to triple the amount of hand sanitizer ingredients we can supply our customers. This will enable 1 billion bottles of hand sanitizer every month to be delivered to the healthcare industry, first responders and consumers around the world. Two years ago, Lubrizol proactively made the decision to invest more than $20 million USD to increase supply capabilities. The expansion was expedited earlier this year and is now complete, months ahead of schedule, enabling the ramped-up production of Carbopol polymer.

“Across the globe, hospitals, as well as the consumer market, are facing an unprecedented shortage of hand sanitizer,” said Bernardo Medeiros, general manager of Lubrizol Life Science, Beauty and Home. “Consistent with our message to improve lives, we have collaborated with our key customers, suppliers, partners and our global logistics network to provide the essential ingredients and solutions to help fight this pandemic. The use of Carbopol polymer is just one example of how Lubrizol is leveraging its science to support COVID-19 needs globally.”

Lubrizol will continue to explore ways to meet customer needs during these extraordinary circumstances without compromising its rigorous focus on keeping its workers safe and minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Our experienced applications team is available to discuss alternative formulations using different grades of Lubrizol’s Carbopol polymers. Please reach out to a representative for more information and formulation support. For more information about how Lubrizol is joining the fight against COVID-19, visit

About The Lubrizol Corporation
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, leverages its unmatched science to unlock immense possibilities at the molecular level, driving sustainable and measurable results to help the world move cleaner, create smarter and live better. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol owns and operates more than 100 manufacturing facilities, sales and technical offices around the world and has approximately 8,800 employees. For more information, visit

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