in-cosmetics celebrates record-breaking edition as it consolidates its global reach

9,726 personal care industry professionals attended the busiest ever in-cosmetics event from 12-14 April, proving it remains the place to grow your business

in-cosmetics reported record results as it revealed impressive visitor, exhibitor and exhibition space figures for its 2016 event. Held in Paris from 12-14 April, the show was the largest edition in its 26-year history.

Over three days, 9,726 unique visitors attended the event – a 14 percent increase on the 2015 event – with industry professionals making a total of 17,202 visits to the show.

Visitors hailed from 131 countries, with 63 percent travelling to France from other European countries, as well as Asia, North America and South America. Covering 16,236sqm, the 2016 show’s footprint also increased by 11 percent, while exhibitor numbers rose from 708 to 784.

Held annually, in-cosmetics continues to be the world’s largest event for the personal care ingredients industry. Dominated by new product launches, the 2016 exhibition saw many major new developments unveiled, with more than 100 products showcased in the Innovation Zone alone.

Valerie Lavallee, Product Manager at Lucas Meyer Cosmetics, commented: “This year’s in-cosmetics was busy from the first minute and we had thousands of people wanting to find out more about our innovative new products. in-cosmetics is an excellent place to network and exchange ideas, the marketing trends presentations are very helpful and it’s great to see so many R&D professionals in attendance. This is the show that brings our industry together.”
In addition to the exhibition, two new areas were introduced at in-cosmetics 2016 – the Formulation Lab and Sensory Bar.

The Formulation Lab – a recreated lab on the show floor – provided a unique opportunity for attendees to acquire hands-on formulation training. Interactive demonstrations took place throughout the three days, delivered exclusively for the benefit of formulators and R&D delegates. Participants were able to learn new skills from presentations given by leading experts at DSM, Cosphatec, Lonza Consumer Care, Dr. Straetmans, Sino Lion Ltd, Evonik, Ashland, Lucas Meyer Cosmetics, The NRC Group and The Institute of Personal Care Science.

Despina Menmari, R&D Manager at Frezyderm, a Greece-based company that develops, manufactures and trades dermoceutical products, commented: “The Formulation Lab was extremely interesting and challenging. It offered a very good approach to teaching attendees aspects of formulations that they may not have known. I will certainly be taking a number of new learnings back to my business.”

Meanwhile, the new Sensory Bar provided an opportunity to test formulations with innovative textures and new sensations, including transforming and hybrid textures, milky emulsions, state-of-the-art pigments and many more.

Another highlight from this year’s event was the ever-popular Workshops programme. This year featured 11 sessions that covered some of the industry’s hottest and most prevalent subjects. A workshop organised by IFSCC delivered the latest academic research into developing creative thinking, while CONUSBAT Regulatory moderated a session on cosmetic ingredient legislation. Skincare was also on the agenda, with Dr. Nava Dayan discussing Omics and the Skin Microbiome, as was suncare and the claims development process.

Hundreds of visitors joined this year’s Marketing Trends presentations over the three days. Particularly well-attended were seminars presented by Jamie Mills of Canadean who discussed the opportunities in anti-ageing, and a session on US trends and their local and global impact given by David Tyrrell of Mintel. Delegates were also keen to hear the latest views on green, natural and organic products, dermocosmetology and the use of 3D printing in the cosmetic industry.

Alongside the popular Marketing Trends presentations, 82 Innovation Seminars took place, providing visitors with a unique insight into different techniques and ingredients being used across the globe. A further 12 live demonstrations also took place, providing visitors with in-depth knowledge about products and services.

Barbara Olioso, Director of UK-based consultancy The Green Chemist, commented: “There was so much going on at in-cosmetics 2016. The event presented the latest information on pollution and new materials. I just wish there was more time as there were so many opportunities to network, meet new contacts, learn and find innovations.”

During a well-attended ceremony on 13 April, in-cosmetics announced the winners of its coveted awards. This year, the Lifetime Achievement Award – which is presented every three years – was given to Kevin Gallagher, Retired President, Global Personal Care & Actives CRODA, for his outstanding contribution to the personal care industry. The following companies received recognition for their innovative ingredients in four categories – Best Active and Best Functional Ingredients, Green Ingredient and Sensory Product:

Innovation Zone Best Ingredient Awards
Best Functional Ingredients
Gold: Agrimer with Seaweed Caviar
Silver: Sigmund Lindner with SiLiglam NATURE
Bronze: Ashland with Polyelectrolyte Complex Three
Best Active Ingredients
Gold: GIVAUDAN (Soliance — Induchem) with NEUROPHROLINE™
Silver: Lucas Meyer for Minoporyl ™
Bronze: Solabia Group for Redyless ®
Green Ingredient Award
Gold: SEPPIC with Ephemer
Silver: Sederma with Majestem ™
Bronze: IBR withIBR-Pristinizer
Sensory Award
Gold: Capsum with Epure IsoBulle
Silver: Nikkol Group with Meguri Series
Bronze: Technature with Leaf Mask

During the event, a spotlight was placed on the US market which included the launch of in-cosmetics North America that is due to take place from 7–8 September 2016 in New York. On day one, Euromonitor International revealed its latest forecasts, which revealed that the country’s premium beauty market will grow by US$5bn over the next few years. Meanwhile, on the show floor, more than 50 US-based exhibitors presented some of their most innovative product launches.

Finally, at the event, the in-cosmetics Group announced a major rebrand of its shows. Boasting a new logo, the Europe-based event will now be known as in-cosmetics Global, reflecting its international audience. The organiser also revealed that the 2017 event will take place in London for the first time in over 15 years.

Cathy Laporte, Exhibition Director of in-cosmetics, added: “The 2016 edition of in-cosmetics was a huge success. Not only did a record number of visitors attend, we also saw more innovations on display than ever before. Together with our extensive education programme there is no better place for personal care product manufacturers to source ingredients and learn about the trends shaping the future of the industry.”

in-cosmetics Global 2017 will take place at London’s ExCeL from 4-6 April 2017.

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