High-speed palletising has positive impact on the bottom line

Cosmetics & hygiene
Personal care

Palletiser handles 500 aerosol cans


Unilever is a global leader in the personal care market. The Leeds factory is the largest of its kind in Europe, employing 300 people. The factory produces popular brands in personal care, including Dove, Sure, Axe, and Lynx.

Implemented in just 4 weeks

Close collaboration throughout

Palletising 4 lines simultaneously

2000 cans palletised per minute, 24/7


The factory had partially outdated technology in its original palletising solution, limiting the possibilities to increase speeds on the production lines. 


Close and effective collaboration between Unilever and DAN Palletiser ensured a new palletising system.


The palletising solution can handle high production capacity, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ensuring increased productivity.

The palletising solution is based on two MK8/2 multi-palletisers, capable of palletising from four production lines simultaneously. Aerosol cans arrive from the production lines in plastic-shrunk trays of 6 units each. These trays are transported to the pallets through the packing lines at two height levels and in different pallet patterns.


Four different products from the production line arrive at the palletisers at once, and each palletiser palletises the products on two pallets, keeping the products separated. The pallets are then placed on a transfer cart that moves into position under the loading platform, depending on the product to be loaded.


It is possible to use different types of pallets simultaneously, such as Euro pallets, blue Euro pallets, and Chep pallets. The full pallets are transported on conveyors through a shrink wrap machine and are then ready for distribution.

MK8/2 pallet loaders for Unilever in Leeds.

Pallet loader from DAN Palletiser to Unilever in Leeds

Project Manager at the Leeds factory, Gary Parkes, had positive experiences with DAN Palletiser from a similar palletising project at Nestlé. He was convinced that DAN Palletiser could deliver palletising equipment meeting the high-quality and capacity requirements. Consequently, DAN Palletiser became one of Unilever's preferred suppliers.




Close collaboration between Unilever and DAN Palletiser


The palletising solution had to be implemented in just 4 weeks, posing a challenge due to limited space. This was addressed through carefully prepared layouts and the advantages offered by the MK8/2 palletiser with high-level infeed.




2000 aerosol cans every minute, 24 hours a day, seven days a week


The maximum capacity is 500 spray cans per minute per production line. This corresponds to 2,000 spray cans being palletized every minute, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No other palletizing solution is able to handle such a high capacity.


”The plant from DAN Palletiser is an integral part of our production facilities. We have a reliable system here that requires minimal maintenance and can operate at a very high speed. It means a lot for our flexibility and functionality. This ensures a high degree of automation and thus increased productivity, and benefits us in a highly competitive market." 



"DAN Palletiser worked closely with us to develop the final solution, which works very efficiently with other parts of our production and our IT systems. It ensures a high degree of automation, thus increasing productivity and benefiting us in a highly competitive market,



Philip Jagger, Unilever



In addition to the successful installation and collaboration in Leeds, Unilever has invested in six fully automated MK3 palletisers from DAN Palletiser for their margarine factory in Katowice, Poland.

Palletising solution handles 500 aerosol cans per minute per production line

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