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Kimberly-Clark Corporation: A Proud History

Kimberly-Clark Corporation was established in 1872 in Wisconsin, USA, and is now a leading global marketer of a wide range of Family Care, Baby and Child Care, Adult and Feminine Care, Personal Care, and Professional products for use in the home, business, and industry.

Today Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the world's population trust Kimberly-Clark brands to enhance their health, hygiene and wellbeing. This trust has led to Kimberly-Clark brands holding the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in more than 80 countries.

Kimberly-Clark continues to operate on the four founding principles:

  • Kimberly-Clark manufactures the best possible product.
  • Kimberly-Clark serves customers well and deals fairly to gain their confidence and goodwill.
  • Kimberly-Clark deals fairly with employees.
  • Kimberly-Clark expands capacity ahead of demand for products.

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The origins of Kimberly-Clark Australia & New Zealand

Kimberly-Clark Australia's story starts in 1926, selling Kotex napkins imported from the USA. In the 1930s Kimberly-Clark began local manufacture of feminine care products and the import of Kleenex facial tissues. In 1939 the company expanded local operations to include packaging Kleenex facial tissue at its mill in Surry Hills, Sydney.

In June 1956, the business needed more room and moved to the larger premises at Lane Cove, Sydney. At this time the name, Kimberly-Clark Australia was also adopted.

The business relationship between Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KCC) and Australian Paper Manufacturers (Amcor Limited) began in 1958 and progressed to a partnership in Kimberly-Clark Australia in 1963.

In July 1991 Kimberly-Clark established facilities for the sales and marketing of consumer products in New Zealand. Head Office sales and distribution is located in Manukau, Auckland, with a regional office in Christchurch.

Kimberly-Clark has manufacturing operations in 40 countries and Kimberly-Clark products are sold in more than 175 countries worldwide. Today Kimberly-Clark Australia is 100% owned by Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

Kimberly-Clark Australia manufacturing today

Our local manufacturing facilities include:

Millicent mill  started up its first creped wadding machine in 1960 to produce facial tissue. Today the mill is our major producer of Kleenex Cottonelle and Scott toilet tissue, Kleenex and Scott facial tissue and VIVA and Scott paper towel products.

Ingleburn mill began operations in 1988. Since then it has undergone continuous capacity expansion and technology upgrades as a result of our highly successful Huggies Nappies products.

Kimberly-Clark Australia manufacturing in the past

Albury Mill located along the Murray River in New South Wales began operations in 1987, producing nonwoven materials used in Huggies Nappies and Kimberly-Clark Healthcare products. The mill ceased operation in 2014.

Tantanoola Pulp mill in South Australia was commissioned in 1992 to produce bleached pulp from plantation radiata pine trees for tissue products, nappies, feminine care and adult care products. Oxygen-based bleaching was pioneered here as an environmental initiative. The mill ceased operation in 2011.

Lonsdale mill in Adelaide was commissioned in 1989 to produce nappies, feminine care, and adult care products and ceased operation in 2006.

Warwick Farm mill in Sydney was a converting operation for a diverse range of products for the Kimberly-Clark Professional, Family Care, and Health Care markets. This facility started up in 1971, and ceased operation in 2007.