On 10 June 2015, Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant unveiled its Consumer Care Competence Centre in Singapore. Situated at the International Business Park, the centre is Clariant’s fifth application development centre in Asia Pacific but its first to focus on sensorial testing for personal and home-care products. The centre includes an application lab, and aims to better align its products with customers in the Asia Pacific region.
Stephen Lynen, head of Clariant’s Asia-Pacific industrial and consumer specialties unit, said that the new centre would help its partners find claims for future trends, and will serve as the link to its wide production and innovation network.
Mr Eugene Leong, Director of energy and chemicals at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), said that Clariant’s investment adds diversity to Singapore’s chemicals industry, enhances the country’s growing consumer-care sector and shows how companies leverage Singapore to get closer to their customers.
The company chose to set up its competency centre in Singapore to tap the country’s proximity to established regional key accounts and manufacturing facilities, as well as its strong base of researchers and academic institutions.
A*STAR partners a range of companies, including not just Clariant, but also its customers such as FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) brandowners, Mr Leong said. “This approach provides added value, because A*STAR can serve as a node to connect the various types of innovation that happen across the value chain.”