London, United Kingdom-based Unilever (2015 revenues approximately US$73 billion), is an Anglo-Dutch multinational consumer goods company co-headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and in the United Kingdom. Its products include food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products.
On 22 January 2016, Unilever reported plans to "invest in Mariel, Cuba’s Special Development Zone. Partnering with state-owned company Intersuchel, we will build a $35 million homecare factory to open in 2017. Cuba has a new overseas investor in its Mariel Special Development Zone and a new joint venture to celebrate.
Unilever and state-owned firm Intersuchel have signed a deal which will see the formation of a new company, Unilever-Suchel S.A. and a $35 million investment (equivalent to €32.3 million) in a personal and homecare factory which is set to open in 2017.
The factory will manufacture some of our top-selling personal and homecare international brands, including Sedal shampoo, Rexona deodorant, Omo detergent, Lux soap and Close-Up toothpaste. Unilever will take a 60% stake in the venture, and Intersuchel will hold 40%. The factory is expected to generate 300 direct jobs.
Unilever will invest in Mariel’s Special Development Zone, which allows foreign and domestic companies to trade and invest with fewer regulations and is designed to encourage overseas investment.
The signing ceremony for the joint venture was attended by Dutch Foreign Trade Minister Lilianne Ploumen, Ana Teresa Igarza, General Director of the Mariel Special Development Zone, Fabio Prado, President of Unilever Mexico & Greater Caribbean and Pedro Fraga, President of Intersuchel S.A."
Unilever reported that a company in a joint venture with a Republic of Cuba government-operated entity that expects to market the products of the joint venture to Republic of Cuba government-operated companies, need to be prepared to accept up to 720 days for account receivables. Unilever reports that its operations have had a maximum wait of 180-days to receivable a payment.
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