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Kimberly-Clark to Close its Nappies Mill

Dallas, Texas, USA 22 March 2013 -- US manufacturer of tissue and hygiene papers Kimberly-Clark is closing its nappies mill in the Spanish town of Calatayud. The company announced on 19 March that it plans to close the mill in mid-May as it was not able to find a buyer.

“The decision is by no means reflective of the mill’s performance or its employees. It is a strategic decision, following a review of Kimberly-Clark’s consumer business in Europe, and a lack of interest in purchase of the site” Kimberly-Clark communicated in a statement.

Kimberly-Clark produces nappies for the European market in Calatayud. In October 2012,the company announced a strategic decision to exit the nappy category in Europe. While other mills in the UK were planned to be closed from the beginning, the company’s nappy mill in Calatayud was identified for sale and it was hoped that a buyer would be found for the site as a going concern. The company said that despite its considerable efforts, a buyer has not been found and that is therefore faced with no other option than to propose closure of the facility.

For the more than 200 employees of the mill the announcement came as a complete surprise. The mill’s works council said in a statement it was in complete disagreement with the company’s decision. A closure would have dramatic and painful implications for the employees and for the Calatayud region. Moreover, the works council pointed out that the required consultation period for mass redundancies had not been initiated until 20 March.


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