Unilever Ghana Commissions Three New Factory Plants in Tema


Unilever Ghana Commissions Three New Factory Plants in Tema

Last Tuesday, the 15th of January, GNBCC had the privilege of attending the commissioning of its member, Unilever’s three new factory plants inaugurated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The first being the Biomass Plant, second being the Personal Care Manufacturing Dryer and third being the Orals Factory. These new plants keep Unilever committed to sustaining socio-economic contribution to Ghana’s economy. Present for the commissioning of the three new factory plants was the Minister of Trade, the Minister of Education, the Deputy Minister of Transport, the President of Unilever Africa, the Executive Vice President of Unilever Ghana-Nigeria, the Members of the Board of Directors of Unilever Ghana, the Members of the Tema Traditional Council, the various representatives of other ministerial offices and government functionaries, the President of the Association of Ghana industries as well as invited guests.

The British-Dutch company opened their first manufacturing facility in August 1963, inaugurated by Ghana’s first president Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. This factory produced bathing and laundry soap, and since then has been expanded to products such as Lipton, Sunlight, Omo, Key Soap, Pepsodent and many more. Unilever has become the largest producer and retailer of consumer goods in Ghana.

The Biomass Plant uses palm kernel shells as fuel to power the factory, which ultimately eliminates the use of Residual Fuel Oil or diesel for factory operations. Unilever stated that the design of the Biomass plant will later be altered to be able to use materials such as wood waste, rice husk, cocoa shell and coconut husk as fuel. The use of the Biomass plant will help save an estimate of 21% on utility costs as well as great improvements to environmental effects.

The Personal Care Manufacturing Dryer has been installed to support the manufacturing process of the personal care products, therefore, guaranteeing the best quality of soaps produced by Unilever. Unilever stated that the state-of-the-art Dryer has been active since May of 2018 and has produced an estimated 50 tons of products which have been exported to Nigeria.

Lastly, Unilever invested in the Orals Factory which eliminates the need to rely on imports to service its oral business. It took 62 days to get finished goods into Ghana from their external sources thus making it difficult to get products available on time. The investment in a new Orals Factory makes it a more efficient response to market requirements.

Unilever expressed their commitment to deliver good quality products to Ghanaian consumers and furthermore stated that the investments made in the past have been translated to more locally manufactured goods, which has created more job opportunity in Ghana. The Managing Director of Unilever Ghana, Mrs. Gladys Amoah stated that this indirectly created 62,000 jobs in the marketplace, as well as 200,000 tabletop retail and wholesale market woman that rely on good quality Unilever products.

After a brief speech by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyeremanteng and a Keynote address by President Akufo-Addo, the official commissioning of the factories commenced.

The event ended with a quick tour of the factories for a select group of individuals.


Contact Information:

Unilever Ghana Limited 
Heavy Industrial Area 
Tema, Ghana


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