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Lubrizol’s Life Science Business Maximizes Carbopol® Polymer Production to Enable 1 Billion Bottles of Hand Sanitizer Every Month

Company Helping to Address Global Shortage to Fight COVID-19

CLEVELAND, April 1st, 2020 - 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.

Company Helping to Address Global Shortage to Fight 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 www.Lubrizol.com/COVID-19.

About Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc.
Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Inc. is a subsidiary of The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, The Lubrizol Corporation is a market-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of customers’ products while reducing their environmental impact. It is a leader at combining market insights with chemistry and application capabilities to deliver valuable solutions to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. Lubrizol improves lives by acting as an essential partner in our customers’ success, delivering efficiency, reliability or wellness to their end users. Technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, as well as additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for home care, personal care and skin care products and specialty materials encompassing polymer and coatings technologies, along with polymer-based pharmaceutical and medical device solutions. With headquarters in Wickliffe, Ohio, Lubrizol owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 8,800 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2018 were $6.8 billion. For more information, visit Lubrizol.com.

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Alicia Gauer
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Amanda Rehker
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