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We have more than 6000 scientists, engineers, chefs and technicians working around the globe inventing new and improving existing products to delight consumers everywhere.

One unified organisation

Successful collaboration ensures our experts' collective minds are brought together as one R&D organisation to help create the products for which we're so well-known. We do this through our six strategic R&D laboratories that focus on delivering ground-breaking technologies and our 31 major development centres that develop and implement product innovations. Additionally, throughout 92 locations around the globe we have R&D teams implementing innovations in countries and our factories.

Our six strategic laboratories

Our strategic research and development laboratories are located in the UK, the Netherlands, the US, China and India.

Bangalore, India

The Bangalore R&D centre contributes to brands including Lifebuoy, Pureit, Ponds, Fair and Lovely, Radiant, Omo, Brooke Bond, Lipton, Walls and Knorr. Unilever's recent initiative on water purification was also driven out of this laboratory.

Colworth, UK

The Colworth lab is part of an innovation eco-system where Unilever R&D, entrepreneurs and academics (the site is near Oxford and Cambridge universities) can network and collaborate.

Port Sunlight, UK

Port Sunlight is one of Unilever’s largest centres for research and development, creating new and improved products for global markets.

Shanghai, China

Our Shanghai research centre focuses on global research and development for brands including Amora, Clear, Domestos, Dove, Hellmann’s, Knorr, Lipton, Lux, Magnum, OMO, Pond’s and Rexona.

Trumbull, US

Trumbull R&D centre supports over a dozen brands across Unilever’s Skin, Hair and Deodorants categories including Pond’s, Lux, Dove, Axe, Vaseline, Fair & Lovely, Lifebuoy, Suave, Q-Tips, Degree, Sunsilk, Caress, Lever 2000 and TIGI.

Vlaardingen, the Netherlands

Vlaardingen R&D is the global development centre for our dressings brands, and the regional development centre for laundry, skincare, haircare and machine dishwashing products.

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