PARIS – June 30, 2016 – Univar, a global chemical distributor and provider of value-added services, announced today the opening of a new technical excellence center dedicated to servicing customers in the personal care industry across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). The laboratory and technical development center is located in Versailles, France, on the campus of ISIPCA, a leading institution for post-graduate studies in perfume, cosmetics, and food flavor formulation.
"We are delighted to expand our presence and capabilities in the market with a new technical center strategically located at the center of personal care innovation on the ISIPCA campus,” said Matthew Ottaway, Industry Director, Personal Care, Univar EMEA. “Today, Univar’s Personal Care team is uniquely positioned to offer customers the best in cosmetic innovation, in addition to unique, upscale service in terms of formulation assistance and technical support. The technical center will play a major role in helping our customers to meet the requirements of the highly dynamic premium cosmetics and personal care market across the region.”
The new technical center will enhance Univar’s ability to provide formulation expertise and technical customer service to leading producers of hair care, skin care, sun care, and personal hygiene products. Univar currently operates three additional technical laboratories in Cairo, Dubai, and Brussels that are primarily focused on the mass market.
“Univar’s presence on the ISIPCA campus will help facilitate the sharing of formulation expertise and knowledge between students and the Univar Personal Care team,” said Arnita Wofford, Head of Marketing, Personal Care, Univar EMEA. “With enhanced insight into the revolutionary ingredient and technology trends that are continuously shaping the personal care industry, we’ll be able to offer a 360-degree view of these dynamic markets to better support our customers’ ability to meet the expectations of consumers.”
About Univar Personal Care
Personal care is a core market segment for Univar and the Univar Personal Care industry team offers customers and suppliers global reach and unprecedented formulation expertise, delivered via our network of technical development specialists. The extensive sales and logistics capabilities give Univar Personal Care an industry-leading position in terms of market penetration, supported by a dedicated sales force that provides focused, reliable, and quality customer solutions, whether you’re based in Warsaw, Istanbul, or at the heart of personal care in Paris.
About Univar Inc.
Founded in 1924, Univar (NYSE: UNVR) is a global distributor of specialty and basic chemicals from more than 8,000 producers worldwide. Univar operates more than 700 distribution facilities throughout North America, Western Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and Latin America, supported by a global network of sales and technical professionals. With a broad portfolio of products and value-added services, and deep technical and market expertise, Univar delivers the tailored solutions customers need through one of the most extensive chemical distribution networks in the world. Univar is Chemistry DeliveredSM. For more information, visit www.univaremea.com.
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