Second Unilever factory opens in Konya
Global consumer goods company Unilever opened a new 350 million euro home and personal-care products factory and supply-chain center, which, according to the company, is its biggest such investment in 10 years and its second in the central Turkish city of Konya.
The new plant raises manufacturing capacity to 750,000 metric tons and will put out products such as OMO, Domestos, Yumos, Cif, Rinso, Elidor, Clear, Dove and other wellknown Unilever brands. Unilever has been operating in the country for more than 100 years and now has eight manufacturing sites and more than 5,000 employees. Its first investment in Konya was an Algida ice cream factory in 2013.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Unilever Chief Executive Paul Polman said, “Turkey is a priority country for us as it is a regional hub for the north African, Middle Eastern and Central Asian markets. Konya plays a strategic role for the future of Unilever with its infrastructure, location and its potential to supply renewable energy. The city supports our sustainable growth.”
The new plant is part of the Konya Supply Village, which also includes four giant manufacturing facilities, two bottle-manufacturing sites, a filling plant, a storage-distribution center and a raw materials logistic center. “Konya’s Supply Village provides time and energy savings and reduces costs. We created a giant ecosystem valued at 350 mil- lion euros,” said Nihal Temur, who is responsible for the Unilever supply chain in the Turkey, Russia, Middle East, north Africa, Central Asia, Caucasus and Iran region.
Biggest investment in last decade
The Supply Village will play a key role in raising exports of these two product groups from Turkey to 21 countries. “The new factory is the biggest investment realized in the last decade in the fast-moving consumer-goods sector, and it is also the biggest investment in Konya,” said Temur.
The chairman of Konya’s Chamber of Industry, Memis Kutukcu, said the aim is to make Konya the biggest organized industrial site in Turkey. “Unilever’s investments in our region have amounted to 500 million euros. That’s the biggest foreign investment ever made in Konya.”