Colgate-Palmolive (India) Ltd., on Wednesday inaugurated its toothbrush production unit in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh.

Fabian T Garcia, Chief Operating Officer, Global Innovation and Growth, Europe/South Pacific, Colgate Palmolive unveiled the plaque and signalled the start of commercial production at the Sri City facility established on a 25-acre site.

Addressing the gathering, Garcia said, “For the past eight decades Colgate has been serving India with its high quality oral care products. The strong relationship and the trust of generations of consumers, built over decades of operations in India, made Colgate as 'most trusted brand' for the past five consecutive years.”

Ravindranath Sannareddy, Managing Director of Sri City said, “Colgate-Palmolive revolutionised oral care with innovative products and has emerged as 'most chosen' brand in India.”

The Sri City unit of Colgate-Palmolive, built in a 25 acres of land, and commissioned in a building of 16000 sq. m area, was set up at a an investment about Rs 450 crore in nineteen months. It has an annual production capacity of 220 million pieces of toothbrushes.

The company proposes to expand the unit increasing the annual production capacity to 600 million. The company offers employment opportunity for 1200 people, according to a statement.