In response to a greater demand for supply, Reckitt Benckiser (RB) South Africa officially opened its newly upgraded Dettol antiseptic liquid (ASL) manufacturing plant, which includes the addition of a new Dettol soap line. The facility is located at RB’s Elandsfontein site in Johannesburg.
Alan Thompson, RB’s regional senior vice president in Africa, comments: ‘RB has a long history in South Africa. As part of that history, Dettol antiseptic liquid became a trusted household name in germ protection. The RB Elandsfontein head office and location of the ASL plant is a centre of excellence for the African region and the wider RB business, underpinning the value that the South African business brings to the global company. The plant upgrade clearly demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement, building capabilities and investment at a local level.’
Dettol ASL is registered in South Africa as a medicine and hence the upgraded plant is a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliant site. The R&D facilities at Elandsfontein are the biggest in Africa and among the biggest in RB’s developing markets region. The R&D expertise supports the facilities’ upgrade, both in technology transfer and brand maintenance.
Through wide technology and process exposure on site as well as partnerships with local universities, RB has plans to recruit and train talent, supporting the pipeline throughout the company, both locally and internationally.
In addition, the upgraded plant has resulted in a 20 percent increase in employment. It has created new jobs, while upgraded technologies will improve the company’s environmental impact, which will be monitored and measured over time.