Companies join forces to address hand sanitiser shortage

By Ian Beeck | posted on April 9, 2020

SANDALWOOD supplier Quintis has partnered with Albany-based Great Southern Distilling Company (GSDC) to produce hand sanitiser under its Mt Romance brand.

To help address the supply shortfall of hand sanitiser affecting the Australian and global community amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Quintis has begun sourcing ethanol from GSDC to develop the hand sanitiser at its production facility in Albany.

Quintis will distribute the sanitiser via its Mt Romance stores and website.

Quintis CEO Richard Henfrey said teaming with GSDC was a great example of how local businesses could come together during this challenging time to fill an unmet need.

“Joining forces with Great Southern Distilling Company has provided us with the collective opportunity to protect employment and support the local community,” he said.

“Together we have been able to utilise the strengths of our respective manufacturing facilities to supply local businesses such as St John Ambulance and the Autism Association of WA. This is a time when businesses need to band together to do what they can.”

GSDC founder Cameron Syme echoed Henfrey’s sentiments saying he was proud to be part of the collaboration.

“We’re two local businesses working together in a crisis to support the community – it’s great to be a part of that,” he said.

The Mt Romance hand sanitiser has a special added ingredient – Australian sandalwood oil, a natural anti-bacterial that moisturises the skin and can reduce inflammation.

Quintis has previously produced small batches of hand sanitiser for a niche market.

“This experience has enabled the company to scale up its production of hand-sanitiser with greater efficiency, reliability and higher-quality control than new entrants into the market,” Mr Henfrey said.

The collaboration will enable the production of an additional 1500 units of hand sanitiser per week which will be available for sale from April 15.

Pre-orders can be placed online now at