Essity offers open baby diapers and pant diapers as well as baby care products such as wet wipes, shampoo, lotion and baby oil. Essity is the world’s fifth largest player in the area and the second largest in Europe. In Europe, Essity markets baby diapers under its own Libero and Lotus brands and as retailers’ brands. Essity’s strongest market is the Nordic region, where the Libero brand is the market leader. Examples of other strong regional brands are Drypers in South East Asia and Pequeñin in South America.
Essity works to strengthen its branded positions in both mature and emerging markets and to improve profitability in Baby Care. The strategy is to hold the number one or two position in the selected markets in which we are present. For Baby Care, it is important to have a premium or super-premium offering in order to be competitive. Through continuous innovation activities, we develop our customer offering for both our branded and retailer branded product ranges.
In 2017, Essity launched in France under the Lotus brand a new premium range, Lotus Baby Touch, that includes baby diapers and wet wipes. The launch of innovative products strengthen Baby Care’s brands and market positions. During the year, we launched five innovations, including a new generation of Libero Up&Go. During 2017, we discontinued the hygiene business in India, which largely related to Baby Care. The reason for the closure was the assessment that profitability could not be achieved within a reasonable time frame.