NSW Premier Hon. Barry O’Farrell has officially launched a new $28 million production line at Kimberly-Clark’s nappy plant in South West Sydney last week.
This means that some of Australia’s best-selling nappies will no longer need to be imported from overseas, according to a media release.
The investment demonstrates Kimberly-Clarks commitment to support Australian manufacturing in the midst of difficulties being experienced by the industry. It also allows the Huggies pants range to be locally produced, supporting the jobs of 240 skilled manufacturing specialists who are operating multiple lines in Ingleburn.
“As a direct result of the investment the company has also employed an additional 27 people at the plant,” said Mr. O’Farrell, who was joined by Campbelltown MP Bryan Doyle and Camden MP Chris Patterson at the launch last Feb 7.
“Mums and dads will recognise the popular brand names of the Huggies nappy pants range which will now be locally produced at the plant in Western Sydney – like Huggies Little Swimmers and Pull-Ups.”
Huggies nappy pants were previously being imported from Asia, the US and UK. The new production line will mean that parents will be supporting local manufacturing when they buy Australian made nappies.
“The company has been successful in growing the relatively new nappy pants market in recent years using imported product,” says Mr. Scott Usitalo, Managing Director, Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand, in a statement quoted on the company’s website.
“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.
Kimberly-Clark has announced that consumers can expect to see the first Australian made Huggies Nappy-Pants range hit the shelves for the same price this month.