Sanitization goes upmarket


As in times of war, production is adapted to need from pots and pans to armaments, from clothing to parachute making and so on. Louis Vuitton owner LVMH will adapt its production lines. It will use its perfume production lines to start making hand sanitiser. This is LVMH’s contribution to help protect people against the coronavirus outbreak.

The shortage of sanitizers has become endemic not simply in Malta but wherever the COVID-19 virus has spread. The luxury goods maker says it wants to help tackle a nationwide shortage of the anti-viral products across France. “LVMH will use the production lines of its perfume and cosmetic brands… to produce large quantities of hydroalcoholic gels from Monday,” LVMH said in a statement.

Global response

Governments across the world have called on manufacturers to help make products that are running low during the virus outbreak. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to ask UK engineering firms on Monday to shift production to build ventilators for the NHS. In China, at the peak of its coronavirus outbreak in February, electronics giant Foxconn switched some of its production from Apple iPhones to make surgical masks.

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