Ansell kovai plant started its operation

Ansell, a global leader in personal protective equipment, marked the first phase of Go Live for Packing & Irradiation Operations at its new Kovai manufacturing facility in India with a grand launch event on March 24, 2023. Ansell’s top leadership was present for the occasion, including Neil Salmon - Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, John Marsden - Sr. Vice President, Operations, Gerald Koh - VP Engineering & Mfg. Tech, Dilip Savaikar - VP, Manufacturing Operations, Anton Fernando - Director Manufacturing Ops, and Gobu Devarajan - Director QARA, along with other Ansell leaders and notable area dignitaries.

Over 200 attendees were provided with an update the plant project and a presentation on Ansell's expansion plans in India. A reception was held to facilitate introductions between consultants, contractors, and other stakeholders. Kovai staff will approach 1,800 employees, with most employees hired from the local area plus room for additional future headcount. We are committed to establishing and achieving gender balance targets from the outset throughout all levels of leadership. While production primarily focuses on manufacturing surgical and life sciences products, this facility is designed with significant future expansion capability to accommodate a wide range of Ansell products, such as examination glove line, and supporting our differentiated growth strategy in the coming years.

At the Investment Conclave - July 2021, an event organized by the State Industries Department and Guidance Tamil Nadu Team, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. K. Stalin and Industry Minister of the State, Thangam Thennarasu laid the foundation stone for this greenfield manufacturing plant, which is an investment of $80M.  Ansell India will be the only glove manufacturing company in India to have its own manufacturing set-up with an integrated Gamma sterilization unit. This will ensure the best quality surgical gloves are made available at a reasonable cost to meet India’s growing demand. July 2022 marked a milestone for Ansell as its newest plant became operational, supplying the world’s fast-growing Surgical and Life Sciences market. This new plant in India contributes to Ansell’s production capabilities, especially in emerging markets and strengthens Ansell’s global multi-sourcing strategies.

CEO Neil Salmon said, “The Go Live for Phase One of our Ansell Kovai facility marks an important milestone in Ansell's 130-year history. We are making a long-term commitment to India through this major investment, ensuring that the most innovative and highest quality surgical gloves are available, ‘Made in India’, to healthcare professionals across this country and for export to the world. On my first visit to the site for the Go Live ceremony, I have been very impressed by the great team we are building here with Ansell values evident from day one in the passion of our people, also in the thought and innovation that has gone into the building, which I believe will be a world-class facility. My thanks go to the Tamil Nadu State, our many local partners, and most of all to our engineering and site management team for their excellent work on this project."

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