Kimberly Clark launches US$100M diaper manufacturing facility in Nigeria

NIGERIA – Kimberly-Clark, a US-based multinational personal care corporation that produces mostly paper-based consumer products has launched a US$100 million diaper manufacturing facility in Nigeria.

The new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Ikorodu, Lagos State is equipped with enhanced technology and capabilities to better serve its consumers.

The additional manufacturing capacity is expected to meet the increasing demand for quality and safe baby care and feminine products in the region.

Operations at the facility commenced in the final quarter of 2021, but the official inauguration date was scheduled for later in compliance with the company’s COVID regulations and guidelines.

This is one of our most substantial investments on the continent, to increase and strengthen our presence here, “said Fernando Baticon, acting vice president, Kimberly-Clark, Middle East, and Africa.

In addition to enhancing the company’s manufacturing capacity to meet the increasing demand for quality and safe baby care and essential feminine products.

The facility will contribute to already established efforts to improve livelihood and create job opportunities, especially for the Ikorodu community.

In 2019, the company had communicated its plans to shut down its manufacturing facility, following a strategic review of its business model.

It was explained that the facility closure would allow the company to be more flexible to invest in growth opportunities and compete even more effectively in Nigeria.

In addition to being symbolic of Kimberly-Clark’s vision for growth in Nigeria, it is already delivering high-quality essential hygiene and personal care products using best-in-class production assets.

The company began operations in Nigeria in 2012, with the introduction of Huggies®’ diapers into the Nigerian market in 2015 and Kotex® sanitary pads in 2019.

It continues to create impact not only through high-quality and affordable products but also through associated initiatives such as She-Sabi, which is geared towards improving the lives of young girls in secondary schools.

The company also runs the Huggies® hospital sampling program, which reaches expectant mothers with key information about how to help babies stay healthy and comfortable.

Kimberly-Clark is committed to continuing to invest in its status as a world-class local manufacturer and promises to continue to provide Nigerian consumers with top-quality essential hygiene and personal care products.

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