The manufacturer of ingredients for the food, beverage, health, biosciences and scent markets is expanding its footprint in the region with a new Innovation Center in Singapore. The opening follows IFF’s newly operational Singapore Flexiblend plant in Tuas and marks the latest in the company’s nearly USD 30 million investment into Singapore.
Officially opened on October 12, the Singapore Flexiblend plant is aimed at increasing the company’s supply robustness and provide customized biotechnology solutions catered to the grain processing and animal nutrition and health customers in the region.
Creation and evaluations
The 11,000 sqm facility is IFF’s largest in the region and the first in its global network of research, creative and application centers to integrate the technologies, capabilities and expertise of the group’s all four business divisions: Nourish, Health & Biosciences, Scent and Pharma Solutions.
The center features more than ten creation, design and analytical laboratories, a collaboration studio, and culinary and demo kitchens, providing customers with full sensory capabilities to support each stage of the process from ideation through commercialization. It has one of the biggest dairy processing pilot plants in Southeast Asia, replicating large-scale industrial production processes. The center also houses IFF’s global innovation center for fabric care powders and personal wash, the largest scent evaluation facility worldwide, and is the first IFF location to support all scent product categories.
“In this integrated space, we will unlock cross-divisional synergies, fast-tracking innovation and accelerating new growth opportunities,” said Ramon Brentan, IFF Singapore Innovation Center site leader, and vice president, Greater Asia regional general manager, Scent, IFF. “We are very well positioned to offer a comprehensive portfolio for Asian consumers, offering end-to-end solutions that consumers love in food, beverage, health, biosciences and scent. This center is a true powerhouse of innovation and will further strengthen our position as a strategic co-creation partner to our customers in Asia.”
Fast growth markets
“By 2030, Asia is projected to account for 60 percent of global economic growth,” said Frank Clyburn, chief executive officer of IFF. “For IFF, Asia has demonstrated consistent growth, and we see tremendous opportunity in the future. Just this year, we’ve opened innovation centers in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and now Singapore, demonstrating our commitment to advance scientific discovery globally. Together, these significant investments will fast forward innovation across our broad portfolio, supporting our customers in creating differentiated, new-to-world solutions that benefit people and planet.”
IFF is present in 14 countries across Greater Asia and has operated in Singapore since 1969. The Singapore Innovation Center is part of IFF’s network of more than 50 research, creative and design centers around the world.