By guest author Karen McIntyre from Nonwoven industry
Kimberly-Clark will invest USD 30 million in upgrades at its plants in Colombia to better serve the region. The company operates three plants in Colombia, which are located in Tocancipa, Barbosa and Papales del Cauca and employ about 1000 workers. Products made in Colombia are exported to around 30 countries in the world .
About USD 7 million of the investment will be spent to increase production of feminine hygiene items at the Tocanacipa plant, which is largely focused on absorbent products. According to report about 60 % of the baby diaper and feminine hygiene products made there serve the local market while the remaining products are exported. K-C will also spend USD 23 million in Papales del Cauaca, to optimise and innovate production processes primarily in the family care and childcare lines.
Regarding investment prospects, Gustavo Castellanos, general manager of Kimberly-Clark in Colombia, says: “For more than 50 years, at Kimberly-Clark we have offered the best quality products to our consumers in Colombia. These plans will bring the company’s latest technology to our local operations to offer new products and innovations, both to Colombians and throughout the region.”
In 2020-21, K-C invested approximately USD 80 million in Colombia which strengthened production at all three plants.