Netherlands Ambassador inaugurates the extension of ETP at Unilever’s historic Kalurghat Factory

Staff reporter,

The Ambassador of Kingdom of the Netherlands to Bangladesh, H.E. Harry Verweij has inaugurated the latest expansion of the Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) of the Kalurghat Factory (KGF) of Unilever Bangladesh at Kalurghat, Chattogram on Thursday (04-Mar-21).

During the half-day programme, H.E. Harry Verweij was accompanied by Senior Advisor, Economic and Commercial Affairs of the embassy. While, Kedar Lele, Chairman and Managing Director, Ruhul Quddus Khan, Supply Chain Director, Siddharth Nandy, Factory Director and Shamima Akhter, Head – Corporate Affairs, Partnerships & Communications of UBL respectively were also present on the occasion.

Established in 1964, the first soap manufacturing facility of Unilever embarked on its journey in Kalurghat with the intention of bringing hygiene and cleanliness in the consumer households. This Unilever facility started from a humble beginning later evolved over a period of time and diversified into one of the largest manufacturing locations in South Asia. The rich legacy of Unilever’s Kalurghat Factory leads to eventful thriving journey for over 50 glorious years, which has over 26 brands and 11 product categories.

Mentionable, ETP is an important part of modern production facility, which plays a crucial role for the industry as a whole. Preserving natural environment against pollution, the ETP is a sustainable solution to reutilizing, recycle industrial liquid wastes and cleans contaminated water from rivers and lakes, and other water sources eventually leads to a reduction in the usage of fresh water in industries. This modern high-tech ETP plant of Unielver has improved its productivity immensely along with reduction in manual labour and safety hazards. The expansion project, currently can handle 400 tons of effluent per day with 12000 COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand) level by incorporating different units to drive superior performance and cater the growing needs.

H.E. Harry Verweij, Ambassador, Kingdom of the Netherlands to Bangladesh, said, “This is a great opportunity to visit Kalurghat Factory of UBL, which carries historical value with it. As delightful, as I am to witness KFG’s actions and ingenuity on how the factory is managing its environmental impact and ensuring safety of the environment and its people.”

Shedding lights on purpose-led and future-fit sustainable business, Chairman and Managing Director of UBL, Kedar Lele said, “Decoupling growth from our environmental footprint while increasing our positive social impact, is one of our core principles of Unilever. Hence, we are constantly working to improve the operating environment within the factory and this is the reason why Kalurghat Factory is the best-in-class factory in South Asia region. We are very happy to host H.E. Harry Verweij and showcase one of the best production facility of the country. We acknowledge Kingdom of the Netherlands’ support and commitment towards sustainable development all over the world.”