Unilever has been awarded Lighthouse status by the World Economic Forum (WEF) for two more of its factories. Its Tianjin, China and Indaiatuba, Brazil locations are being recognized for implementing advanced fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies, such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and digital twins.
Learn more about Tianjin here and Indaiatuba here.
The World Economic Forum has been awarding sites since 2018 that are adopting advanced technologies in manufacturing and supply chain operations. They maximize efficiency and competitiveness, drive sustainable business growth, and showcase a model that can be replicated across different industries and geographies.
According to Francisco Betti, head of advanced manufacturing and value chain at the World Economic Forum, Lighthouses demonstrate how companies can scale advanced tech across manufacturing networks, suppliers, customers, or other functions like procurement, logistics, and research and development.
Unilever said in a company blog post that by integrating these technologies, it has been able to increase productivity and efficiency, respond more quickly to consumer demand shifts, better equip its workforce with digital skills, and be more mindful of environmental impacts.
Brazil and China, added on to Unilever’s Dubai (personal care) and Dapada (home care) factories, means the company now has a lighthouse across each one of its business groups.
“To be named a Lighthouse Factory is one of the world’s most influential awards in the field of advanced manufacturing. It’s not only a professional endorsement, but also means that we have advantages over our competitors in terms of better products and service,” said Reginaldo Ecclissato, Unilever’s chief business operations officer, in a statement. “It will continue to help our business grow with digital-driven rapid response and deliver long-term value.”
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