BASF unveils new solutions for personal care products’ manufacturers

BASF West Africa, Jean Marc Ricca

To improve local production of personal care products as well as provide insights and solutions for operators, BASF, a chemical company, has unveiled its new application technology laboratory for personal care in Nigeria.

According to the firm, deploying investment in provision of chemical solutions despite the challenging business environment will help to address the gap in the area of formulation and technical support in the highly fragmented personal care industry.

With focus shifting to products that have more natural ingredients and tolerant to the skin and hair of consumers living in the temperate region, the firm noted that its solutions are tailored for African hair and skin care applications throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

“Customized solutions meeting the specific requirements of consumers in different markets are key for business growth. With our broadened presence and the investment in a new Application Laboratory in sub-Saharan Africa, we can provide on-site technical expertise and market insights to our customers and support the local development of tailor-made products for the specific needs of African hair and skin,” said Dirk Mampe, Vice President Personal Care Solutions Europe.

“The expansion of BASF’s operations in West Africa, including the opening of this new Personal Care Application Laboratory, clearly demonstrates BASF’s commitment to West Africa and the confidence we have in Nigeria and the whole region,” said Jean Marc Ricca, Managing Director for BASF West Africa.
Hair and skin and thus consumers’ personal care regimens vary widely across regions, necessitating tailored cosmetic products.

“The new state-of-the-art Application Laboratory in Nigeria is designed to offer formulation support and, based on BASF’s global expertise in hair and skin care performance testing, to expand and develop consumer-relevant claim support for the needs of consumers in sub-Saharan Africa.

“The laboratory is part of BASF’s new regional headquarter for West Africa which was commissioned in Lagos in October last year. As one of the fastest-growing beauty markets in sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria is well-suited as a regional hub for BASF’s personal care business”, the firm explained.

Being in Nigeria, the local BASF team will support customers in the creation of both hair and skin care applications for African consumers to answer specific needs and trends.

According to BASF, the unique African hair is typified by kinks and coils along the hair shaft, an elliptical cross-section, and fewer cuticle layers than other hair types. These characteristics make natural African hair more difficult to comb through and prone to breakage, necessitating a tailored care regimen to maintain healthy hair.

“As with hair, African skin types have distinct characteristics such as a relatively high amount of protective melanin, skin lipids and sebum secretion, and a comparatively large pore area. An intensive and gentle cleansing combined with suitable skin care products can improve the skin texture by supporting the balance between moisture and sebum production”, the firm added.

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