Givaudan has officially inaugurated its new Innovation Center in Kemptthal, Switzerland, an investment of CHF120m (approx. EUR107m).
The new center aims to accelerate its global efforts in creating differentiated and sustainable flavor, taste and fragrance solutions for the food & beverage and beauty, personal and home care industries, the company announced.
This is Givaudan’s largest investment in research to date, part of a global innovation ecosystem designed to leverage the company’s broad expertise in flavors, fragrances, active cosmetic ingredients, and natural solutions. The project also includes close collaboration and co-creation with its customers, partners, and start-ups.
Gilles Andrier, CEO of Givaudan, said: “Building on our 250 years pioneering heritage, our new flagship center is the latest example of Givaudan’s strong innovation culture. As the newest addition to Givaudan’s vast network of research and creation centers, the Zurich Innovation Centre will act as a key enabler to deliver breakthrough science and technology solutions for our customers while tackling the industry’s most pressing challenges.”
The center provides over 12,000sqm of inspiring co-creation, collaboration and innovation space for 300 employees, and integrates hosting for start-ups, laboratories and kitchen space providing a holistic customer experience on-site. Science and technology teams will benefit from innovative research capabilities in chemistry, biotechnology, biocatalysis, fermentation, flavor delivery technologies, sensory and application science. Creation and application related capabilities available at the center include unique sensory and consumer insight tools and SPRINT fast prototyping methodology, to drive speed and efficiency in new solutions and enable the Company to predict and plan for future consumer trends.
As part of Givaudan’s sustainability approach, “A Sense of Tomorrow”, the building is one of the first facilities in Switzerland to receive a gold certificate from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the world’s most widely-recognized green building certification system. It fosters healthy, enjoyable and productive work through user-oriented workplace design that reduces water and energy consumption and improves environmental and economic efficiency by up to 45%.
The official opening ceremony took place on June 14, in the presence of 130 participants including Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, along with Givaudan’s executive management members, customers, and partners.