Kimberly-Clark Corporation has officially launched its Huggies manufacturing plant in Kenya.
Set to generate more than 300 direct jobs in the short term, the new plant in Thika marks a milestone for the Kimberly Clark family as it seeks to grow and serve all its customers across the country and the East Africa region.
Kimberly-Clark Middle East and Africa Supply Chain Director Damaris Aracil said the decision to set up base in Kenya was informed by the need to be close to its consumers.
“This branch allows us to be responsive to our consumers while being sustainable. By manufacturing and sourcing locally, we will reduce emissions caused by importation,” she said.
The plant will be run by Sai Pharmaceuticals, which is a locally owned business while Kimfay will be the main distributor. “Covid-19 has taught us that global supply chains can be halted.
I am excited for the skills transfer and job opportunities for our youth which would have been created elsewhere had Kimberly-Clark not thought of our country,” said Industrialisation CAS David Osiany, adding that the new branch will be able to tap into the Sh170 million personal hygiene market in East Africa.