HUL’s Dapada Factory recognized as ‘Advanced 4th Industrial lighhouse’ by WEF
Science & Technology
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.
- 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.
- 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.