The first is situated in Northamptonshire in the UK, while the second has been opened in Indonesia, both the result of a recent scientific investment programme by the company.
“These new testing and development sites for fragrance materials are centres of excellence for product performance and original research,” CPL Aromas states.
Wider scientific push
The new centres come as the latest in a strong push from the company aimed at bolstering its showing in the R&D level.
CPL Aromas notes that in the past 18 months, it has opened R&D centres with similar test facilities in Dubai, at the Group’s global UK headquarters in Bishop’s Stortford; and in Malaysia. It states it also has ‘similarly sophisticated’ R&D facilities in Hong Kong and Colombia.
Tim Whiteley, Global Research & Development Director for CPL Aromas, explains: “The important aspect of these investments for our clients is that the R&D department now has facilities dedicated solely to R&D.
“The R&D Division was previously sharing facilities with other divisions. Now, with this dedicated facility on-site for use by the analytical and R&D teams, we can plan and develop testing programmes to our own timelines."
The company confirms that the new Northamptonshire facility is a dedicated R&D facility.
It is dedicated to testing and development across an array of product sectors as it comprises testing facilities for household care products, air care, fine fragrance and personal care, and headspace analysis as well as gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis can be conducted there.
The UK facility is equipped to ensure that the site is completely controllable in terms of the odour of the environment, says the company, a situation that CPL Aromas says is further supported by being a separate and dedicated facility.
“Because there is only testing and not manufacturing, there is no tainting from the odours produced by a manufacturing facility,” explains Whiteley.
The new facility has the very latest ‘odour scrubbers’, according to CPL Aromas, which means that fragrances can be assessed in the same space within a couple of hours of another scent being tested because the odour scrubbers are able to quickly remove any odours from the initial testing.
“This makes the team more efficient and effective: the ability to remove taint swiftly and completely makes this akin to a ‘clean room’,” the company explains.
“It provides a ‘blank canvas’ within which fragrances can be evaluated for smell and performance, an essential requirement for scientists and perfumers.”