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Kimberly-Clark in the Middle East
Kleenex® was first introduced to this part of the world in 1955 when Olayan’s distributor General Trading Company began importing the famous Kleenex brand facial tissues to Saudi Arabia. Later, individual manufacturing agreements were made to produce Kleenex® tissues, then Kotex® feminine napkins and, in 1989, Huggies® diapers. Olayan Kimberly-Clark Arabia Company (OKA) and the National Child Care Products Company (NCCP) were established in Al-Khobar to locally manufacture these world-famous products for both the Saudi market and export.
In 1992 Kimberly-Clark started expanding its operations in the Middle East to the business-to-business environment, which is currently known under the name of KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL*.
The Olayan/Kimberly-Clark relationship advanced to a new level in 1994, when the joint venture partners opened a paper mill in Bahrain. The ultra-modern plant not only supplies feedstock to the tissue-converting operation in Saudi Arabia, but also exports tissue hard rolls elsewhere in the Gulf and beyond.