Unilever invests a Billion Rand in manufacturing in South Africa
Unilever South Africa today announced its latest investment in the construction of a new home care plant worth R800+ million.
The new factory will produce popular brands like Omo, Skip, Handy Andy, Domestos, Comfort and Sunlight amongst others. The factory will be built in Anderbolt, Boksburg, adjacent to Unilever’s main distribution centre in South Africa. Construction on the new site will commence shortly and will incorporate Unilever’s latest manufacturing technologies. The first production is expected off the lines in 2014. This investment forms part of Unilever’s Sustainable living plan, which aims to double the size of its business whilst reducing its overall environmental footprint.
Mr Marijn van Tiggelen, Unilever SA Chairman commented on the project: “This factory forms part of a multi-year, multi billion investment plan by Unilever SA to cater for our growth. It will enable us to better serve South African consumers with innovation and green technology, as well as improve service levels to our retail customers. The R800 million project is one of Unilever’s largest investments globally and underscores our commitment to the long term future of South Africa and the continent as a whole.”
This investment is supported by the Department of Trade and Industry’s 12-I Tax Allowance Incentive scheme and follows on the opening of the Unilever Savoury dry foods factory in KwaZulu-Natal by Minister Rob Davies during December 2011.
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