Givaudan breaks ground on new encapsulation center in Singapore.

PARIS – Givaudan is bulking up its investment in the Asia-Pacific region with a new fragrance encapsulation center being built in Singapore. It is set to become fully operational by the middle of 2018.

The Swiss fragrance and flavors maker, which did not reveal the specific budget earmarked for the project, said in a statement on Tuesday the unit is “further demonstrating our commitment to invest in high-growth markets.”

The Vernier, Switzerland-based company has begun laying the foundation of the unit, which will have a 5,555-square-foot footprint and four levels that are to include a warehouse, manufacturing technology, offices and a high-tech laboratory. The center will serve as its manufacturing hub in the Asia-Pacific region for encapsulated perfumes destined for use in personal and fabric care.

It is to complement the fragrance creative center and production hub that the group opened in Singapore in October 2015. The new unit is meant to help speed turnaround times from creation and sampling to technology and production, according to the group.

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“This investment is strategically positioned to enhance Givaudan’s leadership in encapsulation technology and production capabilities, and to collaborate closely with our customers in this region,” the company said.

Gilles Andrier, Givaudan chief executive officer, called it “another stop taken to achieve our 2020 strategy ambitions. Consumers in high-growth markets are in higher demand for encapsulation technologies for their favorite fragranced products. The new center will be well-positioned to respond to these needs.”

Givaudan is the world’s largest fragrance and flavors supplier. As reported, it posted a 7.7 percent increase in first-quarter sales versus the same prior-year period, driven by a double-digit gain in the home segment, as well as growth in the oral care and personal-care businesses.

The company generated sales of 1.24 billion Swiss francs, or $1.24 billion at average exchange, in the first three months of 2017, up 7.7 percent in reported terms and 3.5 percent on a like-for-like basis.

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