Europe’s highest-capacity biorefinery
Givaudan Active Beauty has welcomed 34 investors and analysts to its ‘white biotechnology’ Centre of Excellence at Pomacle in France, where active cosmetic ingredients are researched, developed and produced.
The 13 September-visit was hosted by Laurent Bourdeau, Head of Active Beauty, who gave a presentation on the business and its capabilities. Laurent said the active cosmetic ingredients industry is today worth one billion Swiss francs worldwide, and that Givaudan’s target was to reach 100 million Swiss francs by 2020 in the sector.
“It was very encouraging to see the level of interest and understanding by the analysts of what we do at Givaudan Active Beauty and specifically at Pomacle, which is essentially the fusion of science and nature to deliver high performing solutions to our customers, in a sustainable way by optimising the use of the renewable biomass available locally.”
Laurent Bourdeau, Head of Active Beauty
‘White biotechnology’ is the development of manufacturing processes that do not rely on traditional chemistry and which carry the added benefit of enabling cosmetic scientists to design hard-to-make molecules.
The biorefinery at Pomacle, also known as the European Biorefinery Institute, is a unique model of circular economy, integrating physical and bio-conversion processes and equipment to produce fuels, power, heat, and value-added bio-sourced molecules from local biomass. It is Europe’s highest-capacity biorefinery and operates 24 hours per day, employing 1,200 people.
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