The state-of-the-art facility at Jaswanti Landmark, located in the heart of Mumbai, will serve as a focal point for the research and development (R&D) work Ashland conducts on behalf of customers, with operations in the region. Activities at the new facility will center on bringing new personal and home care innovations to market and providing technical support that may be required to meet consumers’ rising expectations for higher-performing products.
The Mumbai technical center expands Ashland’s global network of R&D and technical support facilities dedicated to the advancement of personal and home care products. The new facility and 10 others around the world include centers of excellence in the United States, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and China, and technical laboratories in Germany, Turkey, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.
According to Nandkumar Dhekne, vice president, Asia Pacific, Ashland Specialty Ingredients, adding a technical center in Mumbai will prove beneficial for the Indian and global market. “With some of the most sophisticated technical talent residing right here in Mumbai, we expect the Mumbai technical center to serve customers well in India and Southeast Asia. We also anticipate that the Mumbai technical center will simultaneously generate great ideas that will be channeled back into our global innovation funnel. We look forward to serving our customers in the region, but more than that, we look forward to contributing new ideas that lend credence to personal and home care products of distinction wherever they are needed,” he said.
Ashland said the opening of the Mumbai technical center is part of its commitment to serving this need and reinforcing its market leadership as a global ingredients innovator.