South Plainfield, NJ (USA), 25 February 2016 – Lonza today announced the celebration of the grand opening of its Global Centre of Hair Care Technology in Blackley, near Manchester (UK).
With its proximity to a number of key global and regional hair care customers and its ease of
access, the established Lonza Consumer Care site at Blackley was an ideal location for this new
The Centre will serve as the hub from which Lonza Consumer Care expands its presence in the
hair care market. By utilizing the expertise present in the R&D Centre, the team will apply
ingredient expertise and formulation design to create novel concepts that are substantiated
through advanced measurement techniques.
“Establishing this lab allows us to deliver specialty, science-backed solutions targeting the hair
fibre and collaborate with manufacturers and marketers of hair care brands globally,” said Penny
Antonopoulos, Head of Global Marketing, Personal Care.
The Personal Care business of Lonza Consumer Care is driven by the philosophy “Inspire the
Formulator… Excite the Consumer…™”. Drawing inspiration from the global consumer, the Lonza
team is inspired to provide chemistries with demonstrated benefits beyond traditional cleansing
and conditioning applications, to maintain hair in its healthiest state.
“The addition of this Centre to Lonza’s R&D footprint allows us to leverage our fundamental
understanding of the properties of hair and generate robust data packages that will strengthen the
benefits of the current hair care portfolio, as well as create new product developments,” said Dr.
Jamie Hawkes, Ph.D., Global Head of Haircare Technology.
The Centre utilizes industry standard equipment and test methods in order to generate efficacy
data to help meet customers’ specific needs. The Centre has also developed bespoke testing
equipment and test protocols that will generate additional data to add value to their products.
In the evolving world of hair care, consumers look for products that resonate with their hair
emotional needs but also deliver sound, demonstrated benefits. “By collaborating with our
customers and giving them data that they would need to generate themselves, we are effectively
helping them shortcut their development process, which ultimately is in the best interest of both
parties, who can work together to create formulas that meet consumer expectations,” Dr. Hawkes
“With the Global Centre of Skin Care Technology located in South Plainfield, New Jersey, and the
Alpharetta Innovation Technology Centre located in Georgia – both in the United States – this
global network will provide solutions that resonate with the scalp and hair care needs that today’s
consumers around the world desire,” Antonopoulos added.
About Lonza Consumer Care – Personal Care
Lonza Consumer Care has long been the world’s leading supplier of active antidandruff agents,
with its Zinc Omadine® product considered the gold standard in the antidandruff shampoo market.
Lonza Consumer Care also supplies a wide array of other hair and skin care products, including
biotechnology-derived active ingredients, natural and organic preservatives and other products,
proteins, emollients, delivery systems and more.
Lonza is one of the world’s leading and most-trusted suppliers to the pharmaceutical, biotech and
specialty ingredients markets. We harness science and technology to create products that support
safer and healthier living and that enhance the overall quality of life.
Not only are we a custom manufacturer and developer, Lonza also offers services and products
ranging from active pharmaceutical ingredients and stem-cell therapies to drinking water
sanitizers, from the vitamin B compounds and organic personal care ingredients to agricultural
products, and from industrial preservatives to microbial control solutions that combat dangerous
viruses, bacteria and other pathogens.
Founded in 1897 in the Swiss Alps, Lonza today is a well-respected global company with more
than 40 major manufacturing and R&D facilities and approximately 9,800 full-time employees
worldwide. The company generated sales of CHF 3.8 billion in 2015 and is organized into two
market-focused segments: Pharma&Biotech and Specialty Ingredients. Further information can be
found at www.lonza.com.
Lonza Contact Information
Global Marketing Communications
Lonza Consumer Care – Personal Care
Tel: 201 316 9415
Head, External Communications
Lonza Group Ltd.
Tel:+41 61 316 8840
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