Unilever looks to drive capex efficiency

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 24th May 2011

Unilever has entered into a global partnership with technical services firm Jacobs Engineering in a a bid to increase the efficiency of its capital investments programme worldwide.

The consumer goods giant, which operates more than 250 manufacturing sites worldwide, is investing in its production capabilities – primarily in emerging markets – to support its growth agenda. Unilever said that it expects emerging markets to generate 70-75% of its growth in the long term.

The tie-up will be managed out of Singapore and will provide engineering services for Unilever’s manufacturing sites around the world.

Pier Luigi Sigismondi, Unilever’s chief supply chain officer, said: “This is about reinforcing our technical management capabilities with one of the best engineering companies in the world. It is another example of Unilever building a new business model focused on long term sustainable value creation and not only in opportunistic short term cost savings. We will work as a team to ensure the sustainable growth model will benefit all, focused on our aim to design once and deploy everywhere.”

The alliance will help Unilever implement operating cost reductions, drive co-innovation, and implement the harmonisation and cross-category standardisation of designs, the company said.

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