- Attitude toward employee safety, health and protection of our environment even at cost of some profits
- Well known global brands
- Lack of strategic direction
- There has been downsizing and more folks wearing more hats
ABOUT THIS COMPANY:Definitely “with pulp”
With products sold in more than 150 countries, Kimberly-Clark knows how to turn paper into money. Founded over a century ago, the company began as a manufacturer of basic paper products like newsprint and writing paper. But Kimberly-Clark has sought new and innovative uses for paper over the years, inventing products such as disposable feminine hygiene pads, diapers, and facial and toilet tissues. Today, the company is one of the world’s top manufacturers of these and other health and hygiene items. Recent developments have found Kimberly-Clark exploring new product areas such as medical supplies as well as expanding its presence in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia.
The company’s 2008 revenue was about $19.4 billion, an increase from about $18.3 billion the previous year. It has nearly 153,000 employees in its operation areas of 37 countries. Kimberly-Clark is divided into four business groups: consumer tissue, personal care, health care, and K-C professional and other. Consumer tissue makes paper towels, facial tissues, napkins and toilet paper under the Kleenex, Scott, Cottonelle, Andrex and Viva brands to name a few. Personal care is responsible for many well-known baby and childcare brands, including Pull-Ups, Little Swimmers, GoodNites and Huggies. No longer merely a diaper, the Huggies brand name today adorns a whole array of items, including baby wipes, disposable training pants, swim pants and a line of baby and toddler toiletries. Personal care also manufactures well-known adult care brands like Kotex feminine hygiene products and incontinence items under the Poise and Depend names.
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