Saudi Arabia: New expansion of Modern Products Company (Pampers) plant
Amro Al Dabbagh, Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), inaugurated the new expansion of the Modern Products Company (Pampers) plant during his visit and remarked on the tremendous progress the plant has made in the past few years, making it one of the largest baby care plants in the Middle East.
Eng. Osama Ismail Abu Dawood, MPC Chairman, stated that Al Dabbagh's visit highlights the recent achievements and simultaneously underscores opportunities for further growth and advancement. Abu Dawood added that the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority instigates and encourages investment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and provides the right environment for economic growth and stability.
In a visual presentation, Ahmed Ibrahim Linjawy, External Relations Director, highlighted that Modern Products Company was established in 1982 in association with Procter & Gamble and opened its 87,000 m2 plant in Jeddah. Linjawi added that the plant contains production lines of its baby diapers brand, Pampers, and Always feminine sanitary napkins, and has continuously invested in increasing efficiency and capacity which is indicated by the SR 250 million investment over the past three years in advanced technology to meet local and regional market demand. He reiterated the company’s commitment to its employees, whereby more than SR 20 million is allocated to training and employment programs in the Kingdom.
Linjawi underlined that the company's recent investment of SR 70 million has been made in order to increase the number of production lines and increase production capacity with state-of-the-art technology, and also to enable recruitment of Saudi employees at both technical and managerial levels. He proudly asserted that the new production lines were 100 percent installed and supervised by Saudi nationals and stated that Modern Products Company is considered to be one of the largest exporter of Saudi national products which are shipped to more than 30 countries in Asia and Africa in addition to GCC countries and other parts of the Middle East.
Modern Products Company and its sister Modern Industries Company in association with Procter & Gamble are leading investors in the Saudi economy and contributors to local communities, and more than 65% of their staff are Saudi nationals. MPC is also considered to be a leader in the development of Saudi capabilities in top management positions, which is indicative of the company's commitment towards harnessing Saudi talent and training to provide the right skill-sets required for excelling in their careers and contribute positively to the company. Last year, the two companies’ contributions to social programs exceeded SR 11 million through a variety of activities across the Kingdom which includes: Jeddah Science Innovation Club in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Read aloud program and Health Smile with the Ministry of Health and the "Create the Heros" campaign with the Special Olympics. The two companies' locally produced products include: Tide, Ariel, Pampers, Always, Pantene and Fairy.
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