J&J clar­i­fies state­ment by chief ex­ec­u­tive

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John­son & John­son Hel­las Con­sumer Prod­ucts SA yes­ter­day is­sued a state­ment of clar­i­fi­ca­tion that stops short of pledg­ing the trans­fer of more in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­tion to its lo­cal plant in Man­dra, as its chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Gerasi­mos Kos­matos, had ap­par­ently im­plied to re­porters on the fringes of a pre­sen­ta­tion on Tues­day.

The state­ment re­it­er­ated that the in­ter­na­tional firm’s Greek sub­sidiary, which only pro­duces con­sumer goods, “sup­ports Greek so­ci­ety and econ­omy,” and that Kos­matos “con­firmed the com­pany’s sup­port” in them. He also stressed the suc­cess­ful per­for­mance of the pro­duc­tion unit in Greece, with the com­pany em­ploy­ing some 500 peo­ple. The state­ment did not rule out an ex­pan­sion in terms of the lo­cal plant’s out­put, how­ever.

John­son & John­son has been present in Greece since 1975 and has been very suc­cess­ful with a wide range of cos­met­ics and sun­screen prod­ucts. About 90 per­cent of the out­put of the fac­tory in west­ern At­tica al­ready goes abroad, with its phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and cos­met­ics prod­ucts find­ing their way to an­other 30 coun­tries. The Greek sub­sidiary also co­op­er­ates with lo­cal firm FAMAR for some of its prod­ucts.

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