Firmenich's perfume factory Geneva

PARIS — Firmenich inaugurated its biggest-producing plant worldwide, in Geneva, on Nov. 1.

Gilbert Ghostine, the Swiss fragrance and flavors supplier’s chief executive officer, said in a statement that with its 90 percent automation rate, the factory for perfumes is among “the most technologically advanced in the industry.”

The 300,000-square-foot unit is expected to generate one-quarter of the Geneva-based group’s fragrance production and is Firmenich’s biggest-producing manufacturing facility out of its 28 plants around the globe. The factory is environmentally friendly, too: It was created to reduce water consumption by 30 percent and energy use by 20 percent.

“The investment of more than 60 million Swiss francs [or $61.8 million at current exchange] is the most significant made by Firmenich in the last 10 years,” stated Patrick Firmenich, the group’s chairman. “We are strengthening our center of excellence in Geneva for our long-term growth.”

As reported, in October Firmenich said during its most recent fiscal year, ended June 30, net sales grew 6.3 percent to 3.2 billion Swiss francs, or $3.27 billion at average exchange, for the period. In local currencies, company revenues gained 8.2 percent.

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As part of its ongoing sustainability efforts, Firmenich has published 29 patent applications meant to contribute to consumers’ greater health and wellbeing. The company launched, for instance, Ambrox Super, a sustainable and cost-effective amber note.

In July, Firmenich said it had become the first fragrance and flavors house to involve its suppliers in the CDP supply chain climate change and water-reporting index. That same month, the supplier said it had made a “major” investment in Essex Laboratories in the U.S., among the leading producers worldwide of natural mint essential oils. The venture would ensure a traceable and sustainable value chain.

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