In 1872, John Kimberly and Charles Clark teamed up with two other local investors in Wisconsin, USA, to build their first mill to produce newsprint from cotton and rags. Shortly before the First World War, Kimberly-Clark invented an absorbent crepe tissue to replace cotton in surgical dressings. This led to the development of today's tissue products.
Just seven years after Kimberly-Clark was established, brothers Clarence & Irvin Scott were embarking on their first business venture - selling paper bags out of pushcarts on the streets of Philadelphia. Trading as the Scott Paper Company, the brothers' business expanded rapidly, becoming an important supplier of bathroom tissue. In 1907, Scott invented the paper towel and in 1943 entered the facial tissue business.
At the end of 1995, Kimberly-Clark and Scott merged, bringing together two world-class, highly respected companies. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with nearly 53,000 employees worldwide and operations in 37 countries, Kimberly-Clark posted sales of $19.1 billion in 2009.
Kimberly-Clark Corporation is a leading consumer products company. It is the global number one in facial tissue, bathroom tissue, hand towels and wipers, and is the largest tissue manufacturer in the world. Top selling products include KLEENEX® facial tissue, ANDREX® toilet tissue and kitchen towels, KOTEX® feminine care range, DEPEND® incontinence products and HUGGIES® nappies.
Kimberly-Clark Professional encompasses some of the company’s most successful brands, well known in the marketplace as leading the way in distinctive products for the washroom. With trusted brands such as KLEENEX®, SCOTT®, and WYPALL*, we provide innovative, environmentally responsible solutions that help customers use less and waste less, reducing impact to the environment throughout the entire lifecycle of the product.
Kimberly-Clark is committed to the principles of quality, service and fair dealing. In more than a century of trading, Kimberly-Clark has established a solid reputation for caring for its customers, employees and the environment. Our goal is to become one of the handful of companies recognised as "best in the world" - in terms of people, products and returns to shareholders.
Kimberly-Clark is a global team of talented, highly motivated people whose shared values and business priorities transcend borders.