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Symrise Invests €10M in New Holzminden Research Center

Posted: April 25, 2013

Symrise AG has now moved into its new research center at its headquarters in Holzminden, Germany, which will support an interdisciplinary research dialogue between its two divisions, scent and care and flavor and nutrition.

Symrise, which has invested €10 million in the new building, spends more than €100 million on research and development for the group annually. Comprised of four floors and 2,400 square meters of floor space, the research center, which opened on April 25, provides room for 90 workers. Along with offices, there are communication and conference rooms for customer presentations and meetings. 

“With our new research center, we want to strengthen our expertise in research and development, which is the basis for a competitive position as well as for accelerated growth,” said Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise. “A special point of emphasis was put on researching functional ingredients for healthy nutrition and conscious personal care." 

In addition, Bertram underscored the innovative potential Symrise will gain from this investment. 

“Around the world, new trends are coming into existence every day and consumers are developing new needs. We strategically incorporate these strong dynamics arising from individual markets and segments into our research work in order to develop innovative solutions early on. That is why we cross-link our business units and pool our research activities. In this way, we realize interdisciplinary projects and can optimally make use of our competencies in the areas of fragrances, functional ingredients and flavors," he said. 

 “With our new research center, we want to strengthen our expertise in research and development, which is the basis for a competitive position as well as for accelerated growth,” adds Bertram. “A special point of emphasis was put on researching functional ingredients for healthy nutrition and conscious personal care.”

The company said it paid special attention to sustainability issues during construction of the building; waste heat from the surrounding laboratory buildings is used in the form of steam condensate to provide at least 75% of the heating for the new building. About 20% of Symrise’s total staff works in research and development and 6% of the company’s investments are also made in R&D. Since the merger 10 years ago, the company has applied for 411 patents and more than 1,500 product brands and trademarks.