Unilever announced the opening of a new, state-of-the-art deodorant factory in Mexico. This new factory will help accelerate the growth agenda in North and Central America, as it is intended to double the national production of deodorants and will supply markets in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and Colombia. Also, the plant has its own solar energy production, water collection and recycling systems, and will be a model of sustainable practices for future plants built elsewhere.
President Felipe Calderon opened the new facility together with Unilever CEO Paul Polman, who reiterated Unilever’s commitment to the development and economic growth of Mexico. With an initial investment of €100 million over a three-year period, the plant has the potential to produce more than half a billion units of aerosol-based products per year.
Polman said, “The Americas is a very important region for Unilever, and Mexico is a key part. We have a long history in Mexico and we have a strong commitment to its future, its growth and economic development. This new factory is another example of Unilever’s vision in action—to double the size of our business whilst reducing the environmental impact. Not only will it enable us to grow our presence in the region, but it also highlights our determination to live out our commitment: sustainability has been built into the design and the latest technology has been used to ensure a low energy, environmentally efficient factory.”