Chemical company diversifies product in response to COVID-19
Arbroath-based craft chemical and polymer production company, Stakam, has converted a third of its production capacity to produce hand sanitiser gel in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Stakam is also the only chemical company in Scotland producing the essential polymer component (Acrylates Copolymer) that is added to hand sanitiser to improve its texture and ease of use. Without the thickening agent, sanitiser exists in liquid form which can result in mess and wastage. Stakam also produces other raw materials required to produce sanitiser.
10% of all profits from sales of the sanitiser will be donated to the local foodbank, run by the Broughty Ferry Baptist Church, supporting local people affected by the crisis.
Stakam began producing its sanitiser, known as Sanitiser 2015, in March as the crisis unfolded. The company has already supplied over three tons of sanitiser in May and has the capacity to increase output to 340 tons per month to help companies across Scotland and the UK get back to work safely.
Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the main producer of the polymer component was a US firm, Lubrizol. It has since diverted all its supplies from around the world to the US resulting in a global shortage of the product.
Founder and Managing Director, Alistair Watson, commented: “I feel very proud that our team has managed to embrace change and been able to offer something worthwhile at this point in time.
“By switching our production, we are not only providing an essential product to businesses and organisations across Scotland, but as a result have not been required to furlough staff members and have actually increased headcount by a third to support our new activity.”
SNP Dundee East MP, Stewart Hosie, said: “I have known Alistair since 2005 and am delighted that his chemical company has been able to transition into hand sanitiser production and is giving generously to the Broughty Ferry Food Bank as part of their response to COVID-19. We wish them success.”
Brian Talbot, Pastor at Broughty Ferry Baptist Church, said: “Stakam’s contribution will help significantly as our church continues to support the Broughty Ferry Food Bank and the wider community.”
Stakam was established in 2016 as a craft chemical and polymer company. It recently expanded its operation to the Elliot Industrial Estate, Arbroath, following two major contract wins valued at £1.48m.
The company manufactures and supplies products into the oil and gas sector, as well as polymers for the construction industry, and more recently Potassium Acetate and Potassium Formate production.