Clariant has opened a new laboratory for the development of personal care products at the Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Technology Research Institute (TIRI) in Japan.

The new facility is intended to help strengthen research and development (R&D) activities in the country, complementing Clariant’s existing Shizuoka Technical Service Centre.

Clariant Asia Pacific industrial and consumer specialties business unit head Francois Bleger said: “The laboratory will open a new door to our customers in the personal care industry who, in order to speed up response to market, have a growing need for technical support early on in the development stage of their new products.

“The new laboratory includes a variety of equipment such as incubators and viscometers that are used to run low-impact experiments and tests.”

“Our Tokyo laboratory, which is within half an hour reach of Tokyo station, gives us the opportunity to interact more closely with local customers through such means as co-development meetings and technical seminars, enabling us to better support their product needs.”

In addition to TIRI’s commissioned facilities, the new laboratory includes a variety of equipment such as incubators and viscometers that are used to run low-impact experiments and tests.

The new facility will support future product development by providing an open environment for innovation and technical support for formulation development.

Shizuoka Technical Service Centre will continue to host synthetic experiments with chemical reactions needing high temperatures, pressure, decompression, or strong odour generation.