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Unilever partners with global suppliers to drive quality

Bringing global capabilities and investment to South Africa

Anglo-Dutch FMCG multinational, Unilever has agreed new partnerships with several global packaging suppliers, bringing global capabilities and investment to South Africa. The partnership will enable Unilever to accelerate the introduction of product innovations with world-class quality and create new jobs.

This forms part of the company’s goal to deliver world class capabilities in Africa to accelerate innovations that drive growth and continuous improvement in quality and service for consumers.

According to Unilever Chief Supply Chain Officer Pier Luigi Sigismondi, the partnerships will be a key element of Unilever’s investment strategy in South Africa. The investments, which include the Anderboldt and Midrand factories, will facilitate the manufacture of Home Care and Ice Cream products of popular brands such as Omo, Skip, Handy Andy, Ola and Magnum.

Speaking during a one week visit to Unilever South Africa, Sigismondi said: “Consumers expect the best quality from Unilever. They look to us for exciting new product innovations to market. Our partnerships will ensure that we can grow our business over the long term through great product quality and service. This kind of collaboration will also provide a much needed skills transfer and technological capability in South Africa.”

Furthermore, Sigismondi described the partnerships as a demonstration of Unilever’s commitment to South Africa saying the multinational has made investments of close to R3 billion in the last four years and had worked closely with partners such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to bring the investments to life.

“With 57% of our sales coming from the emerging markets in 2013 and South Africa being key in the Africa business, we will continue to seek ways to generate sustainable growth in this country. Our investments in South Africa form part of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan (USLP), which aims to double the size of our business whilst reducing our environmental footprint and increasing our positive social impact. The investments will allow us to better serve South African consumers with green technology innovation, such as rainwater harvesting, as well as improve service levels to our retail customers,” concluded Sigismondi.

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