Ashland Global Holdings Inc. has announced the opening of a research and development center for microbial protection in Hamburg, Germany that hosts chemists, microbiologists and technicians within five personal care labs.
The labs will service customers locally with methods including the Cosmetic Preservation Efficacy Test (CosPET). The service approach will feature antimicrobial efficacy testing for cosmetics and includes aiding formulation challenges in skin care, hair care and oral care.
Ashland’s teams in Hamburg include:
Technical support —This team includes experts in preservatives and multifunctionals and supports customers and their focus on consumer trends.
Product development — This team performs efficacy tests and stability, compatibility and texture studies for performance and protection from microbial contamination.
Microbiology team — This team performs different bioburden tests, supporting customers and Ashland R&D teams and developing customized tests when necessary.
Researchers — This team focuses on future antimicrobial solutions with AI-based screening, evaluations of new candidates and exploration of sustainable ways to produce ingredients.
Tuttu Nuutinen, R&D group leader, personal care, Ashland, commented: “We are excited to add this state-of-the-art, highly equipped laboratory to the Ashland portfolio for a holistic approach to personal care solutions with a focus on helping customers choose the right antimicrobial to safely protect cosmetic, skin, hair and oral care products."