Leading consumer goods manufacturer Unilever has opened a new Ksh155 million state of the art facility that will double the production of Vaseline petroleum jelly in Nairobi to meet growing regional demand.

The company said the new production line comes with the latest technology available from Unilever globally.  “It shows how world class manufacturing processes, assets and skills can be deployed in Kenya as part of a site that is already zero non-hazardous waste to landfill and within Unilever efforts to drive up industry benchmarks,” said Unilever CEO for East Africa Marc Engel said during the launch.

The production line was officially opened by the Head of Unilever Africa Bruno Witvoet and Simon Smith, Head of Supply Chain at Unilever Africa. “This huge investment shows our commitment to meet growing demand for our products and the confidence we have in Kenya as our regional production hub for East Africa and beyond,” said Mr Witvoet.

The Nairobi factory serves the East African market and some countries in the COMESA region such as Zambia and Zimbabwe. “More and more people want to buy Unilever Vaseline jelly across the region as a growing population demands quality skin care products,” Mr Engel said. “This is a milestone for Unilever as we expand the reach of all our brands in Kenya and across East Africa.”

This is part of Unilever’s ongoing strategy to create jobs by building a growing and sustainable consumer goods business in the region.  Vaseline is Unilever’s flagship personal care brand and its growth reflects consumer confidence in the company’s commitment to produce products that meet every day needs while creating a brighter future for all East Africans.



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