Nigeria is PZ Cusson's largest and most diverse single market, operating in Personal Care, Home Care, Food and Nutrition and Electricals. We've been here for over 100 years and today employ over 3500 people working across our extensive network.
PZ Cussons was founded in 1879 as a trading post in Sierra Leone by George Paterson and George Zochonis as Paterson Zochonis. The British-owned 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. It was one of three or four firms which commercially dominated Guinea as a colony before 1958. 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.
PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, a subsidiary of Pz Cussons (Holdings) Limited, is a Nigeria-based company engaged in the manufacture, distribution and sale of a range of consumer products and home appliances. The Company produces and markets detergents, soap, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, confectionery, refrigerators, freezers and air-conditioners, as well as distributes the products of Nutricima Limited, Harefield Industrial Nigeria Limited and PZ Wilmar Limited. The Company operates 26 distribution depots across Nigeria, namely ABA, Ilorin, Minna, Isolo and Onitsha depots, among others. As of May 31, 2012, the Company's operating subsidiaries included HPZ Limited, PZ Power Company Limited, PZ Tower Limited and Roberts Pharmaceuticals Limited.
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 hand soaps and sanitisers, 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, Flourish Toothpaste, Elephant Extra Detergent, Radiant Laundry Granules, Robb mentholated rubs, Duck Laundry Soap, Mum & Me motherhood toiletries, and Minerva Olive Oils. They are also the manufacturers of Jet detergent.