Unilever unveiled a lighthouse factory
Unilever unveiled the first “lighthouse” factory in the ice cream industry.

Unilever’s ice cream brand, Wall’s, has unveiled the new “intelligent factory” in Taicang city, Jiangsu province, east China. 

The intelligent factory, the world’s first “lighthouse factory” in the ice cream industry, has been implemented with smart manufacturing technology to produce ice creams. According to the Taicang’s bureau of commerce, smart technology can help reduce carbon emissions and energy and water consumption by 83% and 14% respectively.  

The upgraded production base can be an example of improving the current ice cream production models and the industry’s upgrades in general.  

Lighthouses are top-performing factories identified by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with McKinsey & Company. As the demonstrator of “intelligent manufacturing” and “Globalization 4.0”, “lighthouses” represent the highest level of manufacturing according to global standards.  

The food industry is the leading industry in the modern industrial system in China and plays an important role in the global food industrial system. In the new consumption era, China’s food industry has been thriving and acted as the driving force for the global food industry.  

As the world’s largest ice cream manufacturer, Unilever has stood at the forefront of product innovation and technological transformation. In 2020, Unilever spent 100 million euros (~USD 109 million) in building the production base in Taicang, setting an example of intelligent manufacturing.  

The establishment of the lighthouse in Taicang is an important step in Unilever’s comprehensive layout of the digital supply chain ecosystem. The lighthouse factory will shorten the innovation cycle from 12 to 3 months and accelerate the products’ upgrades. Moreover, Unilever’s accuracy in forecasting the market demand has doubled, and the forecasting efficiency has improved from 2 days to 2 hours.  

Wish the lighthouse factory a great success!! 

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