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Nieuwe fabriek in Turkije moet duurzame groei vergroten

Unilever gaat meer dan € 150 miljoen investeren in een nieuwe fabriek in Konya (Turkije) om haar capaciteit voor duurzame groei in Home & Personal Care te vergroten. (Bericht alleen uitgegeven in het Engels.)

Unilever continues to invest in Turkey for Sustainable Growth

21 November 2013, Istanbul/ Konya – Unilever today announced an investment of over €150 million in a new manufacturing plant in Konya (Turkey) to increase its capacity for sustainable growth in Home and Personal Care. The development of the plant will enable the company to significantly increase its production capacity to match its growth ambitions and will produce brands includingOMO, Domestos, Yumoş, Cif, Rinso, Elidor and Dove.

< The new plant will follow the model Unilever has used in designing factories with ever-lower environmental impacts at sites such as the recently-opened Ice Cream factory in Konya. The aim is for the Home and Personal Care plant at Konya to be LEED-certified and zero waste-to-landfill, through the use of energy efficient motors, rainwater collection and full water treatment.

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

"Today’s investment follows an investment of over €95 million in our new Ice Cream factory, also in Konya, which started operating in June this year. 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."

As the new factory is being built, Unilever Turkey will plan for the smooth transfer of production of home and personal care products from the existing factory in Gebze (in the Marmara region) to Konya (in the Central Anatolia region). As a responsible business, Unilever will work with its employees and other stakeholders to ensure they are kept fully informed throughout the transfer process and of the opportunities that will arise in Konya. Unilever has over 5,000 full-time employees in Turkey. Head office is in Istanbul with eight manufacturing plants in the regions of Anatolia, Black Sea and Marmara.

About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care. Used in 7 homes out of 10 in over 190 countries, Unilever products are consumed by over 2 billion people everyday. Unilever has a turnover of 50 billion Euros in 2012 with its 173,000 employees worldwide. More than half of its area of coverage consisting of fast growing, developing and emerging markets (56% in 2011), Unilever works to create a better future everyday and help people feel good, look good and get more out of life.

Unilever continues to serve its consumers in Turkey with its brands OMO, Rinso, Yumoş, Domestos, Cif, Sunlight, Elidor, Dove, Dove Men, Toni & Guy, Signal, Clear, Rexona, Lux, Fruttare, Café Zero, Axe, Sana, Lipton, Knorr, Calve, Becel, Algida, Ben & Jerry’s, Carte D’or, Cornetto, Magnum, Max, UFS and Vaseline.

Unilever’s ambition is to double the size of its business, whilst reducing its overall environmental footprint including sourcing, consumer use and disposal, and increasing its positive social impact. Working to help more than a billion people to improve their health and well-being, sourcing 100% of its agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020 and decouple the growth of the business from its environmental impact, Unilever has set over 50 time-bound targets supporting these goals. For more information, visit www.unilever.com/sustainable-living.

Unilever has been recognised in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Indexes for 14 consecutive years. Included in the FTSE4 Good Index Series, Unilever attained a top environmental score of 5. Leading to inclusion in the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40 Index, Unilever led the Climate Counts Company Scorecard in 2011. Unilever topped the list of Global Corporate Sustainability Leaders in the GlobeScan / SustainAbility latest annual survey for the second year(2012). The company is an employer of choice in many of the countries in which it operates and is seen as a symbol for innovation and leadership development.

For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com.tr

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