New innovation center and Singapore Flexiblend plant to accelerate innovation and broaden cocreation capabilities in Greater Asia
SINGAPORE ‒ Oct. 13, 2022 ‒ IFF (NYSE: IFF) today announced the opening of its new Singapore Innovation Center, the first in its global network of research, creative and application centers to integrate the technologies, capabilities and expertise of all four business divisions: Nourish, Health & Biosciences, Scent and Pharma Solutions. At nearly 11,000 square meters, it is IFF’s largest in the region.
Its launch—following IFF’s newly operational Singapore Flexiblend plant in Tuas—marks the latest in the company’s nearly US$30 million investment into Singapore. The two sites are part of a series of aggressive investments IFF is making to accelerate innovation, broaden its co-creation capabilities, drive speed to market and enhance accessibility to customers across Asia.
“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 bringing differentiated, new-to-world solutions that benefit people and the planet.”
Situated in Singapore’s premier biomedical research hub, the ultra-modern 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 Southeast Asia’s biggest dairy processing pilot plants, 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.”