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HUL’s Dapada Factory recognized as ‘Advanced 4th Industrial lighhouse’ by WEF

  • Category
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    5th Apr, 2022


Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) has joined the Lighthouse Network with its Dapada facility, which produces home care products such as Surf Excel, Rin, and Vim.

  • The first FMCG production facility in India to receive this designation.


What is Global Lighthouse Network?

  • The Global Lighthouse Network is a community of manufacturing sites recognised by the World Economic Forum (WEF) for applying advanced technologies, innovations, and sustainable practices to modernise business operations.
  • The Network includes sites that have implemented end-to-end digitisation across the value chain, pushing the boundaries of technological advancement.
  • These revolutionary technologies result in reduced manufacturing cost, greater agility, and speed.

Interesting Fact

  • Tata steel Kalinganagar TSK is the first Indian manufacturing plant to be included in the WEF’s Lighthouse Network.
  • They serve as beacons to guide others to overcome challenges in upgrading systems and applying cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data analytics and 3D printing.

Hindustan Unilever (HUL)

  • Hindustan Unilever (HUL) is India's largest fast moving consumer goods company, with leadership in Home & Personal Care Products and Foods & Beverages.

Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG)

  • Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), also known as consumer packaged goods (CPG), are products that are sold quickly and at a relatively low cost.
    • Examples include non-durable household goods such as packaged food, beverages, toiletries, candies, cosmetics, over the counter drugs, dry goods, and other consumables.
  • The retail market for FMCG products are determined by International standards of Industrial classification.
  • It is a subsidiary of Unilever, a British company.
  • Founded: 17 October 1933.

Dapada Facility

  • Established in 2001, the Dapada site produces three million units per day for brands like Surf excel, Vim, Rin and Wheel.
  • This site started its digital journey in 2018.
  • It is known to be the first Unilever dedicated Home Care site globally to be recognised as an E2E lighthouse factory, paving the way for rapid digital transformation in South Asia.
  • Using Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies like augmented reality, big data and analytics, and IoT, the Dapada factory deployed artificial intelligence/machine learning-led solutions to accelerate the pace of innovation and speed of response to consumer demand.

Benefits due to technological advancement:

  • The Dapada facilityhas seen a demonstrable benefit as a result of this digital transformation, with a 39% reduction in manufacturing cost (per tonne) and a 50% reduction in end-to-end product development lead time. 
  • The greenhouse gas emissionshave decreased by 54% and water use has decreased by 31%. Making our personnel future-ready was a critical component of the digitization process.
  • 48% of the workerswill be Upskilled and reskilled.

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