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NRW companies adapt production

Numerous companies are committed to overcoming bottlenecks for medical equipment.

Overcoming the corona crisis with commitment and creativity: Many NRW companies are converting their production to disinfectants or increasing their production capacities at short notice. For example, Henkel was able to produce 25,000 liters of hand disinfectant at its Düsseldorf site within a week and would like to donate twice that amount to hospitals and public institutions. The Klosterfrau Healthcare Group from Cologne, the Bayer Group and the Shell Rhineland Refinery are also supporting German hospitals with disinfectants. Dr. Wolff, the cosmetics and medical manufacturer, is donating 10,000 bottles of disinfectant hand gel which was originally only scheduled to be launched in the summer, to schools and daycare centers in Bielefeld.

The companies are showing similar flexibility with regard to the increased demand for respiratory masks. One example is that of the Bielefeld-based automotive supplier Dr. Freist (DFA), which is now producing 29 million masks on behalf of the NRW Health Ministry following a production changeover. The Reifenhäuser company from Troisdorf, the internationally active Aunde Group from Mönchengladbach, the fashion group Gerry Weber from Bielefeld, the shirt manufacturer Seidensticker in Bielefeld and the Minden-based laundry company Sitex in cooperation with a Melitta group have also entered the business. And numerous other companies are sure to join them.