Suttons Tankers has landed a new contract which will see it play its part in the fight against COVID-19 by transporting ethanol for the production of hand sanitiser for hospitals and clinics across the UK.

The company, which is part of Suttons Group, will provide the transportation of denatured spirit supplied by family-owned global distillers William Grant and Sons.

Demand for the product, which is a key ingredient of hand sanitisers has risen significantly during the pandemic. William Grant and Sons has adapted its distilling technology and skills to produce about five million litres of ethanol, equating to at least 13.5 million 500ml bottles of hand sanitiser.

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Suttons will also coordinate tank collections and urgent deliveries to manufacturers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Widnes-based company said that the scale of its resources, along with its high safety standards, its ability to meet the sector’s rising demand and its highly trained drivers played a significant part in helping it win the business.

Michael Cundy, MD of Suttons Tankers said: “We are thrilled to be working on this project that contributes to the nationwide effort to fight against COVID-19.

“We are proud of the division’s ability to be reactive and redistribute fleet and resource to provide an exceptional level of service and safety to critical industries during these difficult times.”