A research and development facility was established in Mumbai, India’s largest city by Ashland global specialty chemical company. The newspaper, BusinessLine, states the center will cater to personal and home care companies in India such as Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Colgate Palmolive, L’Oreal, Godrej Consumer Products, Emami, Dabur India, Cavin Kare, Himalaya and Marico Industries.
With the increasing expectations of consumers to create higher-performing products, this facility will provide technical support to accommodate to the anticipation. There are formulation laboratories for hair, skin, oral and home care, controlled environment laboratories for measurement science to support claims substantiation and a microbiology laboratory for preservative optimization and micro challenge test.
Quoted in Cosmetics Design Nandkumar Dhekne, vice president, Asia Pacific, Ashland Specialty Ingredients, said that a technical center in Mumbai will prove beneficial for the Indian and global market, “We anticipate that the Mumbai technical center will generate great ideas that will be channeled back into our global innovation funnel.”