PZ Cussons

PZ Cussons

company_name = PZ Cussons PLC
company_type = Public (lse|PZC)
company_slogan =
foundation = 1879
location = Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK
key_people =
num_employees =
industry = Cosmetics, Soaps, Gels, Dairy Household chemicals, & Natural Oils
products = Imperial Leather, Soaps, Shampoos, Gels, Milk, Olive Oil, Detergents & Healthcare Products.
revenue = £660.9 million (2008)
operating_income=£76.4 million (2008)
net_income = £55.3 million (2008)
num_employees = 8,697 (2008)
homepage = [http://www.pzcussons.com www.pzcussons.com]

PZ Cussons (lse|PZC) is a large manufacturer of a wide variety of personal healthcare products, and consumer goods. It operates in a large number of countries in the third world, especially Africa and Commonwealth nations. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


PZ Cussons was founded in 1879 as a trading post in Sierra Leone by George Paterson and George Zochonis as Paterson Zochonis. [http://www.pzcussons.com/pzc/about/ourhistory/ PZ Cussons: Our history] ] The Company expanded its operations into nearby Nigeria before the end of the 19th century. PZ expanded considerably during the 20th century, acquiring factories and establishing offices in Ghana and Kenya. In 1975 the Company acquired Cussons Group (founded by Thomas Cussons). Later that century more offices and factories were acquired in Asia, with PZ's first factory built in Thailand in 1986, and operations expanded into Indonesia in 1988. In 1993 PZ bought the state-owned Pollena Wroclaw in Poland, followed in 1995 by Pollena Uroda and in 2002 Paterson Zochonis Plc was renamed PZ Cussons Plc.

In 2008 PZ Cussons Plc acquired the Sanctuary Spa and Sanctuary products business.


PZ Cussons Group has a presence in UK, Poland, Greece, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, Dubai, Malaysia and India. [ [http://www.pzcussons.com/pzc/ourmarkets/ PZ Cussons: Our markets] ] Its biggest market is the United Kingdom.

PZ Cussons has factories in a number of countries, which include England, Poland, Thailand and Indonesia. PZ Cussons formerly had two English factories, but currently has only one. In 2005 PZ Cussons closed their Nottingham factory (founded by Gerard Bros.), and relocated it to Thailand. In 2007 PZ Cussons plan to move their remaining English factory from Kersal, Salford to Swinton, Salford.


PZ Cussons' main brand is the Imperial Leather range of soaps, bath and shower and cosmetic products. It also produces Joy soaps, Cussons Kids toiletries, Premier soaps, Carex anti-bacterial moisturisers, Cussons baby lotions, Luksja gels and soaps, Makler perfumes, Pearl soaps, Sweet Seventeen teenage cosmetic products, Venus range of hair care products, Original Source shampoos and gels, Morning Fresh dishwash liquid, Florish Toothpaste, Elephant Extra Detergent, Radiant Laundry Granules, Robb mentholated rubs, Duck Laundry Soap and Minerva Olive Oils.

PZ Cussons formerly manufactured 1001 Carpet Cleaner. The brand was sold in 2004 to the American WD-40 Company for £6.2 million. [Hall, W. 11.02.2004 “Weak dollar slows down PZ Cussons” "Financial Times"] .

African electrical superstores

PZ Cussons operates a joint venture electrical superstore in Lagos, Nigeria and also operates in Ghana. [ [http://uk.reuters.com/article/mergersNews/idUKL914602220080729 Cussons boosted by strong trading in Nigeria] ]


External links

* [http://www.pzcussons.com Official website]

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