(Reuters) – Xerox Holdings Corp said on Tuesday it will make hand sanitizer in its factories in the United States and Canada to fight the spread of coronavirus, and start deliveries to healthcare organizations later this month.
The U.S. printer maker, which walked away from its $35 billion bid for HP Inc last month, plans to produce about 140,000 gallons of hand sanitizer gel by June.
First deliveries are expected by end of month – just a few weeks from concept to market. Xerox will produce the sanitizer at its facilities in Toronto and near Rochester, N.Y., distributing the product to resellers who are approved vendors to frontline healthcare organizations.
This is a time for every company, every person, to look at what they can do to help society. Essentials like hand sanitizer will continue to be in high demand. The team moved fast, figured out how to get over the hurdles and are starting to deliver product – all in under a month.
Xerox had earlier partnered with Vortran Medical Technology to make ventilators with an aim to produce as many as 1 million devices in the coming months.
Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli.