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NSW Premier opens $28 million machine at Kimberly-Clark’s Huggies nappy plant

HUGGIES® Nappy-Pants, Pull-Ups®, DryNites® and Little Swimmers® pants products to be made in Australia

On 7 February 2013 NSW Premier, the Honourable Barry O’Farrell, officially launched a new $28 million production line at Kimberly-Clark’s nappy plant in South West Sydney, demonstrating the company’s commitment to innovation and its Australian manufacturing operations.

The investment allows us to locally produce the Huggies pants range at our Ingleburn nappy plant, where a total of 240 highly skilled manufacturing specialists operate multiple lines producing Huggies products for Australia and New Zealand. The Huggies pants range includes Huggies Nappy-Pants, Pull-Ups Training Pants, DryNites Pyjama Pants and Little Swimmers Swimpants.

Scott Usitalo, Managing Director, Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand said the company has been successful in growing the relatively new nappy pants market in recent years using imported product.

“This $28 million investment in locally made Huggies pants demonstrates our confidence in Australian manufacturing. It provides 27 new jobs and secures employment for our existing employees.
By manufacturing locally we can develop innovative products tailored specifically for our Australian and New Zealand consumers and respond more flexibly to market demand as well as enhance our cost competitiveness,”
he said.

“The great news for Western Sydney is this investment by Kimberly-Clark has secured the future employment of 240 highly skilled manufacturing specialists at Ingleburn,” said Mr O’Farrell who was joined at the event by Campbelltown MP Bryan Doyle and Camden MP Chris Patterson.

You can expect to see the first Australian made Huggies Nappy-Pants range appearing on shelf for the same price this month.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Facts on $28 million investment in local manufacture of Huggies pants products

  • Kimberly-Clark is the leader in the disposable pants market
  • Disposable pants products include HUGGIES® Nappy Pants, PULL-UPS® Training Pants, DRYNITES® Pyjama Pants and HUGGIES LITTLE SWIMMERS® Swimpants
  • The new production line is also capable of producing Huggies products with refastenable side panels – a Kimberly-Clark Corporation patented technology.
  • The investment was one of three investments totalling $65 million announced by Kimberly-Clark in 2011. Other investments include a $30 million investment to greatly increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the company’s Millicent tissue mill in South Australia and a $6.5 million investment at its Albury nonwoven mill that has expanded its capability to make innovative products as well as reduce carbon emissions.

About Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the world’s population trust K-C’s brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With well-known and trusted brands, Kimberly-Clark holds the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in more than 80 countries. To learn more about the company’s 140-year history of innovation, visit www.kimberly-clark.com.

Kimberly-Clark Australia

  • Kimberly-Clark is a global leader in the ‘essentials for a better life’ across Consumer, Business-to-business and Health Care markets.
  • Kimberly-Clark Australia (KCA) is headquartered at Milsons Point, Sydney NSW.
  • The company markets leading household brands including the KLEENEX®, KLEENEX® COTTONELLE®, HUGGIES, U BY KOTEX®, VIVA® Clever Cleaning, POISE® and DEPEND® ranges.
  • Kimberly-Clark Professional and Kimberly-Clark Health Care represent the company’s B2B businesses.
  • KCA employs over 1500 employees in Australia and operations include:
    • Millicent Mill: KLEENEX® Tissue, KLEENEX® COTTONELLE® toilet tissue and VIVA® paper towel
    • Albury Mill: Nonwoven products, e.g. fabric used in HUGGIES® Nappies
    • Ingleburn Mill: HUGGIES® Nappies
    • Distribution centres and sales offices in major capital centres
  • For further information visit www.kimberly-clark.com.au