Mrs. Wang Wanxu from China Daily Chemical Industry Research Institute has written this article to analyze the impact and opportunities brought by the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) to daily chemical business and especially to the detergent industry. The original article is in Chinese and OKCHEM has translated it into English to share with idea with you.
1. Detergent industry is one of the main supporting
industries to overcome major social disasters including the coronavirus.
January 23, 2020, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China held
a meeting on supply and demand of epidemic prevention and control materials.
The China Washing Products Industry Association participated and reported the
production, inventory and active response of disinfection and disinfection
supplies in the detergent industry. To the production and inventory information
of 134 kinds of disinfection products from 50 companies in the industry, these
companies actively take social responsibility and work overtime to produce and
stock. Since then, more companies have joined the battle to secure supply and
eliminate the epidemic. On the one hand, to protect the market, and on the
other hand, to donate goods and materials, it shows the industry's
determination and action to take the overall situation into account and protect
the market and the epidemic. Another way to overcome the epidemic is to wash
your hands frequently. Direct supplies are hand sanitizers and fat (scent) soaps
produced by the detergent industry. Industry companies have ensured market
supply and made positive contributions.
2. Reflections on the detergent industry in the context
of a new coronavirus pneumonia epidemic
major social event in history will become a catalyst for social progress and
change. Take the events of the past 20 years as an example. The SARS incident
in 2003 promoted the rapid development of liquid detergents in China; the
Songhua River water pollution incident in 2005 accelerated the closed disposal
of rainwater and sewage from chemical companies, and initiated the centralized
management, disposal, and supervision of overall wastewater by chemical
companies; 2015 The Tianjin Big Bang and the Xiangshui Big Bang in 2019
accelerated the upgrading of management, supervision and construction standards
for hazardous chemicals and chemical parks. The outbreak of this epidemic will
also give birth to and promote a series of social changes and progress. The
detergent industry is also only among them, it is worth analyzing and thinking.
is inseparable from chemical industry, and our technology is inseparable from
chemical industry. It should be said that chemical industry has penetrated into
almost every industry and every aspect of life. The epidemic broke out
suddenly. The masks, protective clothing, disinfectants, washing supplies, etc.
needed to overcome the epidemic were not led by chemicals. Imagine how we could
defeat the epidemic without chemicals. Therefore, life cannot be separated from
chemical industry. Through this epidemic, the competent government departments
at all levels have again and again learned and strengthened our washing
industry. Generally speaking, after each major disaster, the focus is to return
to the economy and return to the development of physical enterprises. With the
contribution of the washing industry in fighting the epidemic, it is time to
start a new project by hitting iron while it is hot. At the same time, it is a
good time to seek the competent department to give some concern and care to the
industrial enterprises for their new projects and production and operation.
fight against the epidemic, the detergent industry has provided two types of
products for washing and disinfection. After decades of development, the
industrial system of the surfactant and detergent industry in China has been
relatively perfect. A relatively complete system of categories has been
established to meet the daily needs of the people, but its overall capacity is
excessive. When social emergencies occur, production is rushed under emergency
conditions, and supply can be satisfied when it is turned into production. A
tight supply situation is possible, but it will soon return to normal. This is
mainly based on the overcapacity of detergent and disinfection products, and
the two types of products have a lot in common, and the production line is
relatively easy to convert, and the threshold for new equipment is not high.
This is a feature and a reality.
disinfection and sterilization products used during the epidemic were the most
conventional sodium hypochlorite (84 disinfectant solution), chlorine dioxide,
peracetic acid, and alcohol. Many varieties are short-lived as commodities, and
expired. What should I do? Alcohol is a flammable and volatile liquid at room
temperature, and its vapor can form an explosive mixture with air. Under the
normal social situation, in addition to the enterprises that take the medical
and health channels as the audience, companies that do daily chemical products
should consider the product category, classification, qualification, product
production, storage and transportation, use safety, and enterprise hazard level
Otherwise, losses and regulatory risks are inevitable.
3. Changes and Opportunities in the Detergent Industry
in the New Pneumonia Epidemic
perspective of industry organizations at all levels, they should take an active
part in proposing that governments at all levels should start from public
health emergencies in terms of industrial and product planning, and there
should be a certain number of backbone enterprises in a region with production
of conventional washing and disinfecting products And reserve capacity.
Although the entire industry has excess capacity, the layout of production
capacity is extremely unreasonable and varies widely. There are basically no
such industries in some provinces and cities. In the event of an emergency, you
can only rely on foreign aid. If it is a local disaster, it can be deployed.
Such as this national disaster, it can't help it.
organizations at all levels and enterprises take advantage of this epidemic to
prevent and control the epidemic in an all-round way for the general public,
and continue to follow up on the consumption of disinfection, disinfection, and
washing, and continue to follow up, promote consumer awareness of disinfection,
disinfection, and washing products, and scientific washing, disinfection, and
disinfection. To further increase awareness and leverage the advantages of
resources to promote the further development of the washing, disinfection and
sterilization industry, market expansion, and product upgrades.
Speed up technological innovation.
Colleges, universities, research institutes, and companies should further
intensify technological innovation, and research and develop a number of new
washing, disinfection and sterilization technologies and products in a targeted
manner. From the perspective of disinfection and sterilization products, how to
transform the consumer demand and market in the emergency state into the
disinfection and sterilization daily chemicals under normal conditions, enhance
the public's awareness and demand for such products under normal conditions,
and open up a larger market. space. This area focuses on research, research on
long-term, safe, low-toxic (or non-toxic) new disinfection and sterilization
technologies and products, research on compliance with daily chemical products'
policies and regulatory requirements, and consumer acceptance and evaluation
standards for daily chemicals. Products, so that disinfection and sterilization
products can enter daily life like ordinary daily chemical products, and become
regular daily epidemic prevention products. Institutions in this area have done
preliminary research and made many technical breakthroughs. For example, the
"new-type guanidine-based surfactant fungicide" developed by the
China Daily Chemical Industry Research Institute has long-term, safe, and easy
biodegradability. , Environmentally friendly and other characteristics, it can
kill or inhibit bacteria, fungi and viruses, and belongs to green products.
this outbreak, gain insight into consumer demand and potential demand. It is
the company's responsibility and obligation to develop marketable products and
cultivate and expand new markets. Making disinfection and sterilization
products into common daily chemical standards is the key to the product's
ability to enter daily life and a prerequisite for achieving a large market.
The key lies in two aspects. On the one hand, it must have long-lasting, safe,
and green characteristics; on the other hand, it must have a pleasant smell and
a color that consumers love. Color and odor are not attributes of commodities,
but they are also key elements for consumers to choose. In the future, "cationic
quaternary ammonium salt fungicides" and "new guanidine-based
surfactant fungicides" are worthy of industry attention and development as
conventional daily fungicides. From the perspective of washing products,
products with integrated decontamination and protection combined with
decontamination and protection are a good direction for the market, and are
more suitable for normal society and high-paced living needs.
impact of this new type of pneumonia epidemic is huge, and the losses and
difficulties caused to our economy and society are difficult to estimate. But
it has little effect on the detergent industry. There may be greater
improvements at some nodes in the short term. In the long run, liquid
detergents will further increase in washing products. After the epidemic, some
functional washing products may be more popular with consumers. Due to its
special properties and the consumer inertia used by some consumers, there is
also room for slow growth of soap products, especially products with added
functional ingredients, which will be more popular.
washing industry is a rising sun industry. It is believed that under the
unified leadership and deployment of the party and the government, and with the
concerted efforts of the whole people to fight the epidemic, the epidemic will
be extinguished soon. I wish our motherland prosperity and stability, and
people's happiness and well-being, and we wish our detergent industry a healthy
and rapid development.
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