Brenntag Specialties Opens Innovation & Application Center in UK

New Personal Care Facility in Leeds

22.09.2023 - Brenntag, a distributor of chemicals and ingredients, opens a new Innovation & Application Center in Leeds, UK, on the same business park as Brenntag's UK headquarters.

Personal care will be the focus of research and development at the facility. Brenntag experts will provide customers with concept and prototype development, customized formulation support, technical solutions, and stability studies. 

In 2022, Brenntag Specialties acquired Prime Surfactants Limited, a specialties surfactants distributor for the Personal Care / Household, Industrial & Institutional Cleaning (HI&I) industries, now also based in Leeds. The proximity to Prime Surfactants was a deciding factor in selecting the space for the new Innovation & Application Center, along with the many suppliers and customers in the region.

“Leeds is an ideal location for our Innovation & Application Center, given its thriving ecosystem of R&D partners, technology providers and talent,” said Francois Bouton, Director Innovation & Application Personal Care / HI&I Brenntag Specialties EMEA. “The work we do here will result in state-of-the-art solutions for the Personal Care industries.” 

The Innovation & Application Center in Leeds is the latest member of Brenntag Specialties’ global network of 85 industry-focused centers that share best practices, knowledge, and insights and deliver value added services to their partners.  

“The opening of the Leeds Center is a further step to execute Brenntag’s ‘Strategy to Win’ by building capabilities and offering innovative services to the regional and global Personal Care industries. Brenntag Specialties acts as an important link with our customers and suppliers to bring innovation closer to the marketplace. The new center is a great addition to the strong network of now already 19 Personal Care / HI&I Innovation & Application Centres globally and five in the EMEA region,” said Michael Wilkop, President Personal Care / HI&I Brenntag Specialties EMEA. 


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