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Around the Industry: IFEAT

By: Kelly Frederick, Associate Editor
Posted: January 5, 2009

The 30th annual IFEAT International Conference was held this past week in Budapest, Hungary. Nearly 600 delegates were in attendance from over 50 different countries to discuss developments in the global aroma chemicals and essential oils industries. One highlight of this important event was the presentations on developments in the global aroma chemicals industry. Cathy Chen (Hangzhou Aroma Chemicals Co.) explored the status and development of China’s aroma chemicals manufacturing industry, while Parag Satoskar (Arofine Chemical Industries) examined India’s role.

As with previous IFEAT conferences, the location chosen plays a key role in the event’s program. This year, with Budapest as the background, presentations focused on the essential oil industry in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Eugene Milovanov (Ukragrofin) investigated how the Ukraine’s essential oil industry has transformed over the past decade, while Nathalie Green (Framaroma) examined the recent developments in the essential oils industry in Moldavia.

And, of course, with every IFEAT Conference there is a need to explore the latest regulations and legislation affecting the industry. RC Treatt’s Joseph Tomusange discussed the steps an EU company needs to take to prepare for REACH. Ruxandra Cana (McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP) took a different perspective, by covering some of the challenges that REACH poses for non-European based companies.

While the 30th annual IFEAT International Conference offered a plethora in the way of educational lectures, it also gave attendees the chance to socialize. The Conference welcome reception, closing banquet and annual dinner enabled attendees to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.