RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Starting next week, BASF will start manufacturing in Brazil a key ingredient for the production of rubbing alcohol, lacking in the country. It is a thickener that converts common alcohol, sold by sugar mills, into gel.
"Typically, we used a substance that is produced by few companies, which are failing to meet the brutal increase in demand," says Fabricio Soto, head of BASF's home products unit in South America. "Faced with the current humanitarian crisis, we rushed to find a solution to the problem. Rubbing alcohol is less flammable, which is why it's approved . . .