This year, Stephenson, a family-owned business headquartered in the UK, has (according to today’s press release) seen an increase in demand for its soap bases from personal care and hygiene product manufacturers.
To help meet demand during the Coronavirus pandemic, the company has taken steps to maintain production and develop a new soap base that can be shipped quickly to beauty makers from logistics facilities here in the US.
Working differently to keep things the same
During the virus crisis, “Our procurement and operations teams have worked hard to ensure continuity of supply of key ingredients, packaging and products, whilst our customer teams have maintained constant communication to keep customers updated with any developments or changes,” James Clews, Sales and Marketing Director at Stephenson, tells the press.
“We have remained at full production capacity by careful planning early on in the crisis,” says Clews, which means “implementing a phased process of staff working from home and leaving only essential operational staff onsite in the manufacturing plant to keep production levels at a maximum. This not only ensures safe social distancing is adhered to at all times but means we can also continue to operate efficiently and stay in regular contact with colleagues and partners remotely without posing any risks to any of our 100 employees.”
Liquid Soap 2020 is already shipping to the US
Stephenson operates storage and logistics facilities in California and Ohio and works with several distributors here in the State. And the new Liquid Soap 2020 soap base has already shipped to sites in the US. And it’s available to manufacturers and brands within two weeks from order in either 5kg kegs or 1,000kg intermediate bulk containers (IBCs).
Liquid Soap 2020, according to the Stephenson site, was launched “to aid the fight against the current Coronavirus crisis.” To that same end, “it has been specifically formulated to be an all-purpose soap, suitable for both personal care, such as hand washing, and [for] multi-purpose cleansing product for hard surfaces and floors.”
Formulators can enhance the soap base with fragrance or thickeners, according to the company site; and it is best suited for pump-style dispensers.
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