Speciality chemical’s company Croda has announced the opening of its new Centre of Innovation for Formulation of Science, which is said to give the company a greater understanding of formulation science across all markets including the personal care industry.
Located at the University of Liverpool’s new Materials Innovation Factory (MIF), the permanent laboratory facility will give the UK-based company access to state-of-the-art automised technology.
According to the company, the centre will give it a more ‘detailed understanding of ingredient interactions, actives delivery and optimised formulation development for any given application, through design of experiment, faster robotic formulating platforms, high-throughput analytical testing and advanced data analysis.’
Speaking in a company statement, Dr Surinder Chahal, Global Vice President Long Term Innovation for Personal Care at Croda, said, “This is a hugely exciting time for us; access to the cutting-edge capability at the MIF will allow us to further enhance our reputation in innovative formulation by adopting high-throughput technologies and computer aided materials science to fully realise the potential of our existing and future products, as well as enabling us to develop new ways to meet consumer needs in fast moving marketplaces.”
The centre is also said to give the company’s customer’s wider choice by allowing Croda to further ‘exploit’ the funcationality of current and new products in a larger range of formulation systems.
The new MIF facility was funded in part by Unilever, as part of the UK Government’s Research Partnership Investment Fund, along with the University of Liverpool, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.