Factory In a Box

An Innovative Approach to Supply Chain Sustainability  

Colgate-Palmolive is one of the global leaders in the oral care industry, with products sold in over 200 countries and territories. The company is committed to sustainability, and is constantly innovating to find new ways to reduce its environmental impact.

In January 2021, the Global Supply Chain Team at Colgate-Palmolive contacted Norden explaining their vision of a mobile factory. The aim of this project was to create a self-contained, portable factory that can produce toothpaste and other oral care products in remote and underserved communities in Africa and Asia.


The design team at Norden proposed some different concepts and in February 2021 Norden got the order for a complete tube filling line, combining the NM 702 tube filler and the NP 702 cartoner placed inside a 40 foot shipping container.

The Factory in a Box is a modular system that can be easily transported and set up in any location. It includes all of the necessary equipment and ingredients to produce toothpaste, as well as a training program for local workers.


The Factory in a Box has a number of benefits, both for Colgate-Palmolive and for the communities in which it is deployed. For Colgate-Palmolive, the Factory in a Box helps to reduce transportation costs and environmental impact. It also allows the company to reach new markets and expand its customer base.

For the communities in which it is deployed, the Factory in a Box creates jobs and boosts the local economy. It also provides access to high-quality oral care products for people who would otherwise have difficulty obtaining them. The Factory in a Box project has the potential to revolutionize the way that oral care products are manufactured and distributed.


Selected from almost 2000 nominated projects at Colgate-Palmolive, the Global Supply Chain Team was selected as one of five winning teams with their Factory in a Box concept at the 2022 YCMAD (You Can Make A Difference) global awards. Norden is proud to be a partner in this award-winning project.

Norden awarded with a silver in EcoVadis sustainability rating 2023 3D Printing - Benefits, Possibilites and the Future