Mon, 03 Oct 2011

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Multinational corporation Unilever intends to keep increasing its investment and expanding its production facilities in Indonesia as the country is a very important market, a spokesman said.

Expansion of production facilities in Indonesia was part of a three-year investment program (2010-2012) capitalized at 550 million euros to support Unilever`s sustainable development efforts and enhance its position in developing countries` markets, the company`s chief supply chain officer, Pier Luigi Sugusmondi, said in a press statement here Saturday.

"By the new facilities we can keep growing in Indonesia which is a very important market for Unilever. Unilever is in a strong position in Indonesia and other South East Asian countries in all product categories on our portfolios," he said.

Sigismondi said the South East Asian markets were generating 54 percent of Unilever`s business income in developing countries. The figure was expected to increase rapidly over next ten years, he added.

"Unilever is a consumer goods company whose operations are focused on developing countries` markets, and has the high ideal of doubling its business in these markets while reducing the impacts of these efforts on the environment," he said.

Meanwhile, President Director of Unilever Indonesia Maurits Lalisang said the significant amount of Unilever`s sustainable investments reflected its commitment to Indonesia`s future growth and development of the country`s economic and environmental sectors.

"After almost 80 years in Indonesia, we keep showing our long term commitment to keep growing and developing in this country," said Lalisang.

He said Unilever was enthusiastic about the great opportunities in developing countries and would continue to increase its investments.

Unilever was reported have invested about 90 million dollars to develop and expand its new and high-tech personal care products in Asian and African countries. (*)