Henkel leads in the 4th industrial revolution

Published on : Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Henkel has been designated as an “Advanced 4th Industrial Revolution Lighthouse” by the World Economic Forum (WEF) for its state-of-the-art Laundry & Home Care factory in Düsseldorf, Germany. Thereby, Henkel becomes a member of the WEF’s “Global Lighthouse Network” with further leaders of advanced manufactures. Henkel has developed a cloud-based data platform that connects more than 30 sites and more than 10 distribution centers in real time.



With its Laundry & Home Care factory in Düsseldorf, Henkel has prevailed over 1,000 examined production sites and is recognized as a leader in the 4th industrial revolution by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with McKinsey & Company. The 18 new global network’s members have proven their ability to expand their digital connectivity beyond production sites and through the whole value chain. “Becoming member of the Global Lighthouse Network is a great honor for Henkel and the Laundry & Home Care team,” says Dr. Dirk Holbach, Head of Supply Chain Laundry & Home Care. “The network is a platform to develop and scale up innovations. Additionally, it creates opportunities for cross-company learning and collaboration in order to set new benchmarks for the global manufacturing community.”


“Digital Backbone” connects Henkel sites around the world in real time


Henkel’s Laundry & Home Care business unit successfully developed a unique cloud-based data platform, called Digital Backbone, that connects more than 30 production sites and ten distribution centers around the world in real time. The platform helps to enhance the growing customer and consumer expectations on service and sustainability, while achieving double-digit cost and inventory reductions.




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