UK firm opens plant

01 July 2013

UK-based Reckitt Benckiser (RB), a global leader in health, hygiene and home consumer products, has opened Phase 1 of its new manufacturing facility in Bahrain.

The plant at the Bahrain International Investment Park (BIIP) was officially opened by Industry and Commerce Minister Dr Hassan Fakhro.

“RB is a true global company, employing more than 36,000 people around the world, with operations in 60 countries, manufacturing facilities in 41 countries and sales in 200 countries,” Fakhro said.

“While it is listed on the London Stock Exchange, it is a global company manufacturing and marketing a wide range of health, hygiene and home care products, including familiar names such as Dettol Disprin, Nurofen and Strepsils.”

RB’s new manufacturing facility in Bahrain will initially employ close to 100 people.

Dr Fakhro said 50 companies are now operational at the park, employing more than 3,000 people and almost half of these companies are from overseas.

They come from Germany, the US, the UK, France, Singapore, Japan, India, Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

These 50 companies are investing BD186 million ($490.6 million) and almost 60 per cent of the investment is coming from foreign firms.

He added that a further 43 companies are at different stages of development – some under construction, some with signed leases and others who are finalising their leases.

These companies will invest a further BD310 million and over 80 per cent of this total will come from foreign companies.

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