220 jobs lost after Huggies closure

Kimberly-Clark products for the Australian and New Zealand market will now be made in Asia

Kimberly-Clark products for the Australian and New Zealand market will now be made in Asia

"Going forward, production will move to Kimberly-Clark facilities in Asia, enabling faster access to the latest research and engineering advancements in nappies and trousers", Managing Director of Kimberley-Clark Australia and New Zealand Doug Cunningham said.

220 employees at the Ingleburn factory were told the nappies would instead be made in Asia.

"It's not just about salaries, it's the environment".

Production from Ingleburn, which makes Huggies diapers, will move to K-C facilities in Asia, allowing faster access to the latest research and engineering advancements in diapaer and pant.

Ending the local manufacturing of Huggies is a stupid decision for consumers, workers and the company behind Australia's most-loved nappies, a union says.

The move is part of the USA corporation's "global restructuring program".

InsideFMCG said the employees affected will be paid their legal entitlements and redundancy pay, as well as outplacement assistance and counseling.

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The Australian company Kimberly-Clark put out a statement yesterday announcing the closure of its Ingleburn factory - previously responsible for the production of the nappies.

Michael Aird, NSW secretary of the CFMEU manufacturing union, said the announcement by Kimberly-Clark Australia came as a shock.

"As the news gets out, we already have parents asking 'how will I know that Huggies nappies are still made to Australian safety standards?' The reality is, parents won't. If I'm going to pay a premium price, I expect it will help keep Australians employed", one said.

The decision left workers and their families devastated on Thursday.

"I certainly know that as a parent of five kids who all grew up in Huggies".

Mr Aird said the union wasn't consulted before closure was announced and had indications the site was profitable.

"Kimberly-Clark Australia remains committed to providing consumers in Australia and New Zealand with the highest quality products to meet their needs".

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