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Early days

Our origins go back to 1936 when we appointed agents to import and sell Kotex® Napkins from the USA. In 1948 we progressed to local manufacture of tissue and in 1950 feminine care products.

As business has grown over the years, the company increased its manufacturing footprint, adding tissue manufacturing, diaper, facial tissue, roller towel and other tissue converting infrastructure.

In 1972 Kimberly-Clark acquired the Carlton Paper Company.

The business relationship between Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KCC) and Sappi began in 1960 and progressed to joint ventures with a number of conglomerates, including Malbak, Kohler, Holdains and finally Lion Match. Today KCA is 100% owned by KCC.

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Has manufacturing operations in 40 countries and the Company’s products are sold in more than 150 countries worldwide.

Established in 1872 in Wisconsin, USA, Kimberly-Clark Corporation is a leading global manufacturer of a wide range of Family Care, Personal Care, Professional, and Health Care products, made from natural and synthetic fibres for use in the home, business, and industry.

The company continues to operate on the four founding principles:

  • Manufacture the best possible product.
  • Serve customers well and deal fairly to gain their confidence and goodwill.
  • Deal fairly with employees.
  • Expand capacity ahead of demand for products.

South African manufacturing

Enstra Mill (Springs, Gauteng) is the site where Kimberly-Clark started up its first creped wadding machine to produce toilet and facial tissue. Today the mill is the Company’s major producer of toilet tissue, facial tissue and paper towel products. Also located on this site are a de-inking plant for processing of waste paper, a diaper plant, and various tissue converting equipment.

Cape Town factory (Epping, Cape) produces feminine care and converts various tissue products.

Nostalgic Kotex AdEarly Kotex advert. View larger image.