Ansell completes acquisition of Kimberley-Clark's personal protective equipment business

Published: 3-Jul-2024

The acquisition strengthens Ansell’s position as a global leader in personal protection solutions, expands its product portfolio, and enhances its service capabilities

Ansell, a global leader in protection solutions, announced it has successfully completed the acquisition of Kimberly-Clark's Personal Protective Equipment (KCPPE) business. 

This  strategic acquisition strengthens Ansell’s position as a global leader in personal protection solutions, expands its product  portfolio, and enhances its service capabilities to meet customer needs across industries and geographic markets. 

As part of this agreement, Ansell will acquire the Kimtech brand of scientific PPE for customers in laboratory and  cleanroom environments and the KleenGuard brand of safety PPE for customers in industrial environments. 

In addition,  Ansell will add two new capabilities to its Ansell Services portfolio: The RightCycle Program a sustainable solution for the  disposal of non-hazardous personal protective equipment (PPE) waste, and APEX, a best-in-class approach to  cleanroom customer change management and contamination control. 

Neil Salmon, CEO of Ansell, expressed his enthusiasm for the acquisition, stating, "This acquisition represents a significant  milestone for Ansell, and we are excited to welcome the KCPPE team to our organisation. 

"The KCPPE business is  renowned for its high-quality brands, innovative portfolio, and strong customer relationships. Integrating their expertise and  product knowledge enhances our ability to provide customers with comprehensive, world-class safety solutions.” 

Rob Hughes, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the newly created Kimtech and KleenGuard Business  Unit (KBU), shared his thoughts on the acquisition, saying, "Joining forces with Ansell is a tremendous opportunity for our  business and employees. 

"Ansell’s commitment to safety and innovation aligns perfectly with our values. Together, we will  continue to deliver exceptional protection solutions for workers across different industries - worldwide." 

As part of a transition services agreement, Kimberly-Clark Corporation will support the KCPPE business over the next year  to allow sufficient time for a successful integration into Ansell. 

During this transition period, customers can continue to  request Kimtech, KleenGuard, The RightCycle Program and APEX products and services from Kimberly-Clark  Professional. Customers will be notified promptly when Ansell can begin taking orders.

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