Johnson & Johnson
Consumer Health
About Us

Our Company

Caring for the world, one person at a time… inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. We embrace research and science – bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world.

Our Family of Companies comprises:

  • The world’s sixth-largest consumer health company
  • The world’s most comprehensive medical devices business
  • The world’s sixth-largest biologics company
  • And the world’s fifth-largest pharmaceuticals company

We have more than 265 operating companies in more than 60 countries employing approximately 126,500 people. Our worldwide headquarters is in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.


Our History

Johnson & Johnson (Pty) Ltd, the Consumer business in South Africa, launched its very first product – JOHNSON’S® Baby & Toilet Powder in this country in 1930. Over the years, generations of South Africans have trusted Johnson & Johnson to provide them with nurturing care, expert advice and a range of advanced products consistently adapted to meet the ever-changing needs of South Africa’s diverse consumer base.

We’ve been proud citizens of South Africa for more than 86 years and we continue to touch the lives of millions of consumers, every day, with products that help them, and the people they care for, live healthy vibrant lives.


  • • 1930: Johnson & Johnson (Pty) Ltd South Africa established in Johannesburg.
  • • 1932: Local production of Johnson’s Baby powder commences.
  • • 1944: Premises leased in East London South Africa to centralise manufacturing and stocking points.
  • • 1950: Work commences on building our East London factory.
  • • 1956: Johnson & Johnson (Pty) Ltd moves to current East London site – today supplying products to markets in Sub Sahara Africa, Middle East and Turkey.
  • • 1961: South Africa declared a republic.
  • • 1970 – 1990: Johnson & Johnson (Pty) Ltd a leading force in applying anti-apartheid Sullivan principles.
  • • 1994: First democratic elections in South Africa.
  • • 2007: Johnson & Johnson (Pty) Ltd acquires Pfizer Consumer Healthcare brands and a pharmaceutical plant in Cape Town.
  • • 2007: Johnson & Johnson (Pty) Ltd relocates their Commercial Head Office to Cape Town.
  • • 2014 – 2016: Significant investment in both manufacturing plants in South Africa (East London and Cape Town) to ensure adequate capacity to meet growing business in Sub Sahara Africa.

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