Future possibilities

We are proud of our reputation as a world leader in research and development through innovation and renovation.

Building the future

Find out about the R&D story behind our products

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The science of touch

We worked with a team of scientists from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, to discover a special class of nerves in the skin which respond to pleasant touch.

Our innovation

  • Our investment

    € 928m

    In 2010 Unilever spent €928m on research & development.

  • Our people

    6000 +

    Currently we have over 6000 people working in R&D in all Unilever regions across the globe.

  • Our inventions

    300 +

    We typically file between 250 & 350 new patent applications a year.

  • Our intellectual property

    20 000

    Worldwide we have over 20 000 registered patents & patent applications.

Our R&D experts

Rosemary, Unilever Development Nutrition Manager

Rosemary, Development Nutrition Manager, Durban, South Africa

I am learning every day, especially about partnership management.

Our R&D centres

Testing jars in our R&D lab in Cisterna

Unilever R&D, Shanghai

R&D in Shanghai focuses on synthetic chemistry and traditional Chinese medicine.

Some of our locations worldwide

  • Europe

    Port Sunlight, Colworth and Vlaardingen

  • North America

    Trumbull and Englewood Cliffs

  • South America

    Valinhos, Buenos Aires and Mexico City

  • Africa and Middle East

    Durban and Istanbul

  • Asia

    Bangalore, Shanghai, Mumbai and Bangkok

  • Australasia