Kimberly-Clark to close Sydney facility, moving production to Asia

rsz_kimberlyKimberly-Clark Australia has today announced the closure of its Ingleburn Mill in Western Sydney, with plans to move production to Asia.

The FMCG giant behind popular brands Huggies, Kleenex and Viva, will cease operations at the facility towards the end of July 2019, resulting in the loss of up to 220 jobs.

Kimberly-Clark said the move to Asia, which is part of its Global Restructuring Program, will enable faster access to the “latest research and engineering advancements in nappies and pants”.

“At this time our focus is on the wellbeing of employees and their families, and providing them
with the support they need now and in the months ahead,” Doug Cunningham, managing
director, Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand said in a statement on Wednesday.

Affected employees will be paid their full legal entitlements and redundancy pay, with outplacement assistance and counselling provided.

The Huggies manufacturer said that products and innovations will continue to be designed by a local product development team, and “guided by a deep understanding of local consumer insights”.

Kimberly-Clark will continue to manufacture Kleenex, VIVA and Kimberly-Clark Professional products at its Millicent Mill in South Australia.

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