Unilever Leeds

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Unilever Leeds
Unilever Leeds is located in West Yorkshire
Unilever Leeds
General information
TypeResearch centre and factory
AddressLeeds, LS14 2AR
Coordinates53°50′N 1°28′W / 53.83°N 1.46°W / 53.83; -1.46Coordinates: 53°50′N 1°28′W / 53.83°N 1.46°W / 53.83; -1.46
Elevation120 m (394 ft)
Current tenants600 staff, including 150 scientists
ClientUnilever Research
OwnerUnilever Deodorants

Unilever Leeds, in the north-east of Leeds off the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road, is a large cosmetics factory and research site of the Anglo-Dutch company Unilever that makes all of its deodorant products for the UK. It is the largest deodorants factory in Europe.[1] The factory supplies the whole of Europe.


Unilever is the UK's and the world's largest manufacturer of deodorants. Around 180m Unilever deodorants are sold in the UK each year. Unilever has three times the market share of its closest competitors. In the mid-1990s, the UK was producing 10% of the world's, and 25% of Europe's, aerosol products.[2]


The site is situated north of the roundabout of the A64 and A6120. Due to the flammable substances (LPG and ethanol) stored on site to create the propellants, the site is regulated by the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 2015.[3] The cosmetics industry across Europe is regulated by Cosmetics Europe.


The site employs around 50 people to test its products on; people are subjected to temperatures up to 56C. One of the main substances in aerosol anti-perspirants is aluminium chlorohydrate. There are around 150 scientists on the site.[4] Sue Timme is Operations Manager of Unilever Deodorants Global Design Centre on the site.

The site has worked with DCA Design International Ltd of Warwick, for design of its aerosol cans

The site makes all of these


It makes compressed aerosols. It produces close to a billion deodorants a year. It can produce around 3,665 aerosols per minute across 12 packing lines. The site also has 3 roll-on packing lines with a total output of 750 bottles per minute between them. [5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Unilever 2014
  2. ^ The Times, 12 September 1995, page 20
  3. ^ Public Safety PDF
  4. ^ Unilever 2012
  5. ^ The Times, 4 March 2006

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