The Materials Innovation Factory – co-founded by Unilever, the University of Liverpool and the Higher Education Funding Council for England – contains one of the highest concentrations of automated state-of-the-art equipment for materials chemistry anywhere in the world.
Its purpose is to create a community of talented future research leaders, exchanging ideas with academic colleagues and accelerating the discovery process. Our scientists use it to deliver bigger and better innovations, and fast-track our product development.
At its heart is a group of robots that boost our testing capabilities. This means a faster, smarter approach to research that frees up time for our scientists, so they can work on the next big innovation. It also means a lot more data to allow for better decision-making.
These robots have been affectionately named after famous singers. Here are the often hilarious – and occasionally somewhat odd – reasons why: