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Ansell acquires Kimberly-Clark’s personal protective equipment business

The strategic acquisition bolstered the company’s position as a global leader in personal protection, expanding its product portfolio and service capabilities

Ansell, a global leader in protection solutions, has successfully completed the acquisition of Kimberly-Clark’s Personal Protective Equipment (KCPPE) business. This strategic move strengthened Ansell’s position as a global leader in personal protection solutions, expanded its product portfolio, and enhanced its service capabilities to meet customer needs across various industries and geographic markets.

Through this agreement, Ansell will acquire the Kimtech brand of scientific PPE for laboratory and cleanroom environments, and the KleenGuard brand of safety PPE for industrial settings. Additionally, Ansell will introduce two new capabilities to its Ansell Services portfolio: The RightCycle Program, a sustainable solution for disposing of non-hazardous 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 organization. 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 ensure a smooth integration into Ansell. During this period, customers can continue to request Kimtech, KleenGuard, The RightCycle Program, and APEX products and services from Kimberly-Clark Professional. Customers will be promptly notified when Ansell can begin taking orders.

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