SPAIN – Scentium, the flavor division of global fragrance manufacturer Iberchem has invested US$2.2 million (2 million Euros) to boost production capacity at its facility located in Alhama de Murcia, Spain.

The investment is expected to result into significant improvements and expansions at the plant with a goal to increase the flavour offerings of the company by almost 40%.

The new center will be operational later this month, expanding its expertise in flavors for the global customers in the food and beverage industry.

“The modernisation of our installations was a pillar in the group’s 2020 expansion plan,” said José Manuel Mateos, general director at Scentium.

“We work in an industry where the customer’s demand is constantly changing. Flavour manufacturers such as Scentium need to adapt themselves to this evolving demand.

“Since the beginning, we have been committed to responding proactively with innovative flavour solutions, delivered in the shortest times possible.

“In this sense, the modernisation of our installations was done not to respond to today’s demand, but to better anticipate that of tomorrow.”

The company said the investment will allow it to more than double its physical-chemical labs capacity.

It will also see automation of technical operations enabling projects to be carried out simultaneously including the new robots (Roxane K and GT) which will enable development of new flavour designs for customers.

Scentium has a commercial presence in more than 120 countries and last year opened a new facility in Ghana to reinforce its presence in West Africa.

In an expansion drive across the world, its parent company Iberchem unveiled a new fragrance and flavor creative center in Mumbai, India.

The second facility launched by the group following its acquisition (70%) by French global investment company Eurazeo in 2017.

It opened another creative center in Bangkok, Thailand and in May 2018 acquired the South African company Versachem.