Covid-19: CTPA launches Emergency Response Exchange to speed up supply chain demand

The new service will help UK manufacturers and suppliers provide key products to tackle the spread of the virus

The Cosmetics, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) has launched a new initiative to speed up the supply chain of key products needed to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

The CTPA Emergency Response Exchange (CERE) has been established to connect suppliers and producers in the UK cosmetics sector, such as distillers, to keep up with demand for products such as hand sanitisers and soap.

The online process gathers information about manufacturing needs, and offers to supply and match relevant companies in order for exchanges to be made.

“These are unparalleled times and I am acutely aware that the NHS, carers and many companies across all business sectors are facing enormous challenges while tackling Covid-19,” said CTPA Director-General Emma Meredith.

“The cosmetics industry is playing its part by stepping up the production of hand hygiene products, in particular hand sanitisers and gels.

“The new CTPA Emergency Response Exchange will help boost production of these important products, as well as facilitating the supply of badly needed PPE for those in the frontline of this unprecedented health emergency.”

More than two million people worldwide have been diagnosed with Covid-19, with the US, Italy and Spain the most affected countries.

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