Unilever is constructing a new 150 million euro factory in Turkey

Electronics ProjectsSouth-East European INDUSTRIAL Мarket - issue 1/2014

The multinational consumer goods company Unilever announced an investment of over 150 million euro in a new manufacturing plant in Konya, Turkey. With this project Unilever aims to increase its capacity for sustainable growth in Home and Personal Care. The new facility will produce some of the company’s household cleaning and personal care brands including OMO, Domestos, Yumos, Cif, Rinso, Elidor and Dove.

Unilever follows a strict model of securing ever-lower environmental impacts when designing its new factories; an example for which is the recently opened Ice Cream factory in Konya. The new Home and Personal Care plant will be no difference. The company aims to get it LEED-certified and make sure it has zero waste-to-landfill. This will be achieved through the use of energy efficient motors, rainwater collection and full water treatment.

Unilever Turkey CEO Mehmet Altinok said, "The overall home and personal care market is about 2.5 billion euro in size and has been growing at 8-9%. It holds significant potential for Unilever and this investment in a new facility in Konya will enable us to capitalize on the potential we see."

"Today’s investment follows an investment of over 95 million euro in our new Ice Cream factory, also in Konya, which started operating in June 2013. This is another example of our multi-year, multi-million investment plan to cater for our growth in Turkey and underscores our ongoing commitment to the long term future of the country’s economic development, helping to improve the financial and commercial health of the Konya region in particular", Altinok added.

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