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DFPC forays into hand sanitiser segment to combat COVID-19 pandemic

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The Company has launched IPA based hand sanitisers named ‘Cororid’, which conforms to WHO’s recommended formulation 

Deepak Fertilisers And Petrochemicals Corporation (DFPC) has made a foray into hand sanitiser segment. The Company has launched IPA based hand sanitisers under the brand name ‘Cororid’, which conforms to WHO’s recommended formulation. In order to prioritise domestic requirements over exports and also to ensure availability of high quality hygiene products to the end consumer, DFPC is gradually shifting its focus from a key raw material supplier of IPA for hand sanitisers market to the final hand sanitiser product producer.

Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) is the world’s most preferred active ingredient in hand sanitiser and rubbing alcohol. Different reputed institutions such as WHO (World Health Organisation), CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare have recommended usage of IPA based hand sanitisers. While there has been a large mushrooming of hand sanitiser players in the country during the pandemic, DFPC’s hand sanitisers conforms to the internationally recognised WHO’s recommended formulation that meets much needed global quality standards for required hygiene levels.

Commenting on this significant development, Sailesh C Mehta, Chairman & Managing Director, Deepak Fertilisers And Petrochemicals Corporation said: “Our country is witnessing unprecedented surge in demand for disinfecting agents due to COVID-19 pandemic situation. The Central government has also included sanitisers under essential commodities list to ensure steady and sufficient availability. ‘Cororid’, our IPA based hand sanitiser, is based on World Health Organisation’s recommended formulation with application use for ‘hygienic hand disinfection’ and ‘surgical hand disinfectant’ to fight against COVID-19 pandemic. There has been an overwhelming response for ‘Cororid’ since its launch during mid of April 2020. DFPC is leveraging its existing strong distribution network along with pharmacy and hypermarket chain, modern trade and e-commerce channels to make the product easily available on pan India basis. We are also evaluating other IPA based downstream product opportunities to gradually move closer to our end customers. This initiative is also in line with our long-established strategy to move from commodity to speciality products.”

The Company has received due approvals from Maharashtra FDA on its own formulation. Product is available in 500ML, 1L, 5L, 10L, 20L, 25L, 200L and tanker load. ‘Cororid’ has an effective anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral agent with proven disinfectant properties which does not dehydrate and is soft on the skin.

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