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dsm-firmenich increases production capacity for its Habanolide fragrance ingredient with a new facility in France

dsm-firmenich announces the forthcoming commissioning of a brand new Habanolide unit at its production site in south-west France. This new state-of-the-art facility will significantly increase production capacity for this iconic fragrance ingredient, and help meet the fast-growing demand for sustainable products. The new production site will be operational in January 2024.

"This is our first Habanolide production unit in Europe, says Emmanuel Butstraen, President of Perfumery & Beauty at dsm-firmenich. Et will strengthen our strategic position and enable us to offer additional capacity for perfumery in the region. In addition to helping us seize growth opportunities, it will help reduce the carbon footprint of our logistics operations. We will be able to provide a superior service close to our customers in Europe, and help them achieve their own sustainability goals by reducing their Scope 3 emissions."

Spread over four levels, the new facility will feature state-of-the-art technologies guaranteeing the highest safety standards, operational stability, quality, energy efficiency and reduced water consumption. The entire project is being carried out by a dozen local companies, involving some forty subcontractors every day for the past year.

"We are very proud of this new production unit, designed to increase the supply of this powerful, biodegradable musk, which is one of our best-selling ingredients, adds Amaury Roquette, Ingredients Director for Perfumery & Beauty at dsm-firmenich. This facility will enable us to produce Habanolide in Europe, in addition to our existing production line in New Jersey, USA. With this additional project, we are strengthening our global leadership in musks."

Habanolide is an elegant macrocyclic musk with warm, slightly woody notes. It is a key ingredient in the company's palette and is extremely popular in combination with dsm-firmenich's renewable musks such as Helvetolide and Romandolide, as well as the recently introduced captive ingredients Sorbettolide and Casmiwood. This increase in capacity will also benefit Habanolide derivatives, Exaltolide Total and Exaltolide.

dsm-firmenich has extensive experience in the production of musk ingredients. Years dedicated to research and development have made the group a pioneer in the market, earning it worldwide recognition as the "House of Musk".

This expansion project has benefited from a €1 million grant, as part of the national stimulus plan implemented by the French government and the Nouvelle Aquitaine region, to accelerate industrial investment in France.

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