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Ansell Ltd. July 02, 2024

Ansell completes acquisition of Kimberly-Clark’s Personal Protective Equipment Business

July 2, 2024, Iselin, New Jersey – Ansell Limited (ASX: ANN), a global leader in protection solutions, announced today it had 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 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 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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