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Jan 30, 2018  Stamford and Trumbull, CT

Maker of Trusted Consumer Brands Expands R&D presence in Connecticut

Henkel opens state-of-the-art R&D facilities in Connecticut

On Friday, January 26, 2018, Henkel held ribbon cutting ceremonies at two new research and development facilities in Trumbull and Stamford.

Henkel’s Beauty Care R&D facility in Stamford, Conn

Pictured at Henkel’s Beauty Care R&D facility in Stamford, Conn.: Connecticut State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff; Thomas Foerster, Global Head of R&D for Henkel Beauty Care; State Representative Terry Adams; Stamford Mayor David Martin; Regional Head of Henkel Beauty Care North America Ed Vlacich; and Vice President of R&D for Henkel Beauty Care, Martina Spinatsch

In Stamford, the 24,000 square foot facility employs about 40 people, and comprises a formulation lab, which develops Henkel Beauty Care products including Dial®, Right Guard®, Tone®, Schwarzkopf® and got2b®, as well as Research@Elm, a clinical testing lab.

“Our new location in Stamford allows for optimal access to key suppliers and customers, while giving our research and development team a state-of-the-art workspace to achieve their full potential in creating and testing top quality product formulations and packages,” said Martina Spinatsch, Vice President of Research and Development for Henkel’s Beauty Care division.  “In addition, the proximity of our labs to our marketing teams encourages collaboration and enables us to ensure all of our Beauty Care brands benefit from our advanced technologies and scientific expertise”.

Stamford Mayor David Martin, who was present at the celebration, commented, “The City of Stamford is happy to have Henkel as one of its newest corporate citizens. This new R&D facility aligns with our continuing efforts to make Stamford more innovative, and solidify Stamford’s position as a hub for modern science and technology. In addition, the opening of Henkel’s new lab shows the company’s dedication to establishing long term roots in Stamford and its commitment to growth in Connecticut.”

Also attending the celebration were Connecticut Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, along with local State Representatives Caroline Simmons, District 144, and Terry Adams, District 146.

Henkel’s Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care R&D facility opening in Trumbull, Conn.

Pictured at Henkel’s Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care R&D facility opening in Trumbull, Conn.: Charles Crawford, Vice President, R&D for Henkel Laundry & Home Care; Vicki Tesoro, First Selectman of Trumbull; Thomas Mueller-Kirschbaum, Global Head of R&D for Henkel Laundry & Home Care; Thomas Foerster, Global Head of R&D for Henkel Beauty Care; State Representative David Rutigliano; and State Representative Laura Devlin.

Trumbull’s state-of-the-art expanded facility spans 27,000 square feet and includes formulation laboratories, a consumer product and fragrance evaluation center, packaging design, and two pilot plants that support production scale up capabilities for the company’s Beauty Care and Laundry & Home Care divisions.

“With the expansion of our research and development facilities in Trumbull, Henkel is demonstrating its commitment not only to the local community, but to continuing the growth its Laundry, Home Care and Beauty Care businesses,” said Dr. Charles Crawford, Head of R&D for Henkel’s Laundry & Home Care division in North America. “By broadening our scientific and technical capabilities, we are investing in our position as a leading provider of laundry, home care and beauty care products in North America, enabling our brands to launch innovative new products that delight consumers” he said.  Consumer products developed by this division include Persil® ProClean®, all®, and Purex® laundry detergents, Snuggle® fabric conditioners, Renuzit® air care products, and more.

The company’s partnership with the town of Trumbull began in 2009 when The Sun Products Corporation, acquired by Henkel in 2016, established its research and development center at 30 Trefoil Drive.  The company also donated a sustainably-sourced playground to the town of Trumbull in 2009 at the Trumbull Nature and Arts Center, and participates in various local charitable and civic events in town.