Kimberly-Clark Australia will invest $65 million in new capacity and environmental improvements. Included in the investment is $28 million to start production of disposable pants at its Ingleburn, Australia plant, $6.5 million to expand capabilities and reduce carbon emissions in Albury, Australia and $30 million for a combined heat and power generation project greatly increasing energy efficiencies and significantly reducing greenhouse emissions for the Millicent Mill located in South Australia, where the company makes Kleenex tissue products.
Making the announcement managing director Glen Watts said, "These investments demonstrate Kimberly-Clark’s commitment to maintaining an effective Australian manufacturing presence. We continue to look to the Australian government to play its part to maintain an effective economic environment for Australian manufacturing."
In keeping with the company’s recognized sustainability leadership, around half of the $65 million investment addresses energy costs and greenhouse gas emission reduction from its manufacturing. The reductions in greenhouse gas emissions will be of the order of 90,000 tons per year by 2013 when the investments are completed. "This reduction is equivalent to removing 32,000 small cars from the road or alternatively to planting 10,000 hectare of trees per year," explained Mr. Watts.