Case study – Unilever
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of food, home and personal care products, with more than 400 brands from Persil to PG Tips and Tresemme to Magnum.
The global manufacturer has had a major presence here since 1888 at its historic home Port Sunlight in Wirral. Today the site is a hub for Unilever globally with 2,500 employees in roles ranging from global R&D to enterprise technology to manufacturing laundry, household and personal care products.
In 2017, Unilever opened a new Advanced Manufacturing Centre facility here. The 6,500 sq m centre, houses a state-of-the-art pilot plant enabling scientists and engineers to test new ideas during product development on a factory scale.
The new Centre is the latest in a line of recent investments at Port Sunlight totalling over £200 million.
Cameron Jones, Unilever Port Sunlight site leader, said: “In building the Advanced Manufacturing Centre we are renewing our commitment to R&D in the UK and the North West. The facility allows us to create new innovative products, further improve the quality of manufacturing and in addition, accelerate our ability to roll out products across the world.
“The Advanced Manufacturing Centre will complement our existing and new facilities such as the Materials Innovation Factory at the University of Liverpool”