MANUFACTURING: Epping's R120m Nappy Investment
Recent Western Cape Business News
In line with its five-year expansion strategy, Kimberly-Clark South Africa (K-CSA) has launched a new diaper machine worth over R120- million at its Epping Mill in Cape Town with a view to growing its diaper production capability by 400 million units per year.
This is K-CSA’s second significant investment in two years and follows the launch of its premium tissue converting line in at its Enstra Mill in Springs in April last year. The new machine has created jobs for 65 people, who will support the operation.
K-CSA managing director Garth Towell says K-CSA’s diaper business was historically built on a combination of local and imported diapers. “We identified the need to boost local manufacturing to generate improved returns and support rapid business expansion of our HUGGIES® diaper brand,” he says.
The new diaper machine at Epping Mill known as Project DISA is turning K-CSA’s vision of creating local capability into reality. While the acronym DISA refers to diaper investment in South Africa, the Disa flower is unique to the Western Cape and originates from the orchid family. It is commonly found in the fynbos, which is characteristic of the area and points to K-CSA’s cognisance of its local environment.
Extensive training investment was made available locally and abroad in the operations, technical and quality areas to support the start-up of the asset. Engineers, technicians and operators travelled across seven different countries to gain expert knowledge transfer on the new machine.
The new state-of-the-art technology applied to this asset enables 99% filtration efficiency, environmentally friendly air generation and a reduction in energy usage.
Towell says the investment in K-CSA bears testimony to the global shareholders’ belief in K-CSA as a business, South Africa as an investment destination and Cape Town as a strategic location.
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