Kimberly-Clark Opens New Manufacturing Site in Nigeria – Nonwovens Industry Magazine

Kimberly-Clark recently opened a new factory that will manufacture Huggies baby diapers and Kotex feminine care products in Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria, according to local reports. The new, $100 million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is equipped with improved technology and capabilities to better serve its consumers. The additional manufacturing capacity is expected to meet the growing demand for quality and safe baby and feminine care products in the region. Operations started in the last quarter of 2021.

In 2019, Kimberly-Clark announced plans to close its factory in Nigeria, saying it would build a new factory in its place.

“Nigeria is one of our priority markets,” said Fernando Baticon, Acting Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Kimberly-Clark, Middle East and Africa. “This is one of our most significant investments on the continent, to grow and strengthen our presence here. Our new state-of-the-art factory is a symbol of our commitment to this country and the opportunity for growth that exists.

Kimberly-Clark Nigeria Managing Director, Vani Malik, adds, “Our long-term goal was to build our organization’s presence and investments in Nigeria, and today, nearly 10 years later, with more than 100 million dollars of FDI, we are proud to unveil our new factory here in Ikorodu, Lagos State. Employing over 200 people, this will not only help us serve Nigeria better, but will also enable us to serve as an export hub for Africa in the near future. As an important step forward in our commitment to Nigeria’s economic diversification agenda, we look forward to continued success and support. We remain committed to the implementation of Nigeria’s national roadmap for industrialization – to create jobs, substitute imports and boost exports. It is a symbol of our commitment to our global vision of providing better care for a better world. In Nigeria, we realize this vision by supporting babies, women, mothers and young girls.

KC started operations in Nigeria in 2012, introducing Huggies diapers to the Nigerian market in 2015 and Kotex sanitary napkins in 2019.