(CNN)When you think of a factory, you might imagine a giant facility with huge chimneys belching steam. But consumer goods giant Unilever has developed a fully functioning production line inside a shipping container.
The company has over 300 factories in 69 countries, but this is its first experiment with what it calls a “nano” or “travel” factory.
Mass production lines allow manufacturers to make large quantities of products but using the same facilities to produce smaller batches of goods — to test new ideas or to meet seasonal demand — can be wasteful and inefficient.
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