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In-cosmetics Barcelona: 25 years of success

25 years is a lifetime. How many changes happened in our life: historical, social, economic... a lot of water passed under bridges since then.
I do remember the in-cosmetics since ever. I was working in the surfactants industry at that time. My first in-cosmetics has been in London, long time ago. When I changed my professional horizons and started working for the press, while starting the adventure of HPC Today, I met in-cosmetics again. It was in Paris, almost thirteen years ago. The journal was just a project and I visited this buzzy, crowded event, which was already well established in the market with my briefcase full of dreams. Today in-cosmetics is for me, for the players in the market and for my colleagues of the press a reference point in the calendar of the year.
Many things change. One remains, every year: the one year preparation to the event, the hectic weeks before, the anxiety at the opening of the show with (always!) something to fix at the last moment. But at the end of each show always the same
mood: tired, the desire for a sandwich with a drink to eat while relaxing with the colleagues at the airport, the dry throat, no voice left anymore but happy and satisfied, full of beautiful things in the bag to take home. That’s the reason why today, also on behalf of our staff, I would like to express to In-cosmetics team our sincere thanks for their remarkable work, congratulations, wishing the best for the next events in front of, paving the way to the next Anniversary, looking forward to meeting you soon again!

Giulio Fezzardini, HPC Today Project Leader.

in-cosmetics 2015, 14-16 April, Gran Fira, Barcelona

in-cosmetics celebrated its 25th anniversary by welcoming a record 8,578 unique visitors to Gran Fira, Barcelona, the highest number for any event outside of Paris, in the exhibition’s history. This also represented an impressive increase of 18 per cent (pre-audit) on last year’s show in Hamburg.
There were once again a large number of international visitors reinforcing the shows reputation as a global event. It also successfully tapped into the local market with domestic Spanish visitors accounting for 27 per cent of the total visitors.
The show welcomed 710 exhibitors from around the world with 105 companies exhibiting for the first time. This large number of first time exhibitors not only points to a thriving sector, but also the expanding influence of in-cosmetics, as the show cements its position as the place to be seen in the cosmetics ingredients industry.
Visitors were also keen to praise the ingredients sourcing opportunities available with so many manufacturers brought together under one roof: "It's the first time I've been to the show and it's amazing. I'm here to find the latest and best raw materials and to talk directly to suppliers. in-cosmetics is incredibly important for the industry, there's so much to be gained by having everyone in one place," commented Sarah Molloy, Supply Chain & NPD Coordinator at Omorovicza.
This year’s Market Focus was dedicated to the second fastest growing beauty and personal care market, Turkey and the Middle East. The Turkey & Middle East Product Trail provided visitors with a guide to new products from Clariant, BRB and Mibelle Biochemistry, all of which were inspired by or sourced from the region. The show also saw more than 150 visitors from Turkey attend the exhibition – a 28% increase on 2014.
A Turkish Pavilion hosted exhibitors from the country including Surya Kimya and Manolya Dogal ve Aromatik Urunler Gida San. ve Tic.Ltd.Sti and provided visitors and manufacturers with an opportunity to source unique ingredients and raw materials, and discuss potential business opportunities within such an exciting and potentially highly valuable market.
Marketing Trends presentations, as part of the exhibition's world-class educational programme, provided valuable insight on the Middle East, with presentations from Halal certification expert Dr. Yavuz Özoguz from m-haditec GmbH & Co on the potential of the Halal cosmetics industry and Mintel's Director of Innovation & Insight, Beauty & Personal Care, Vivienne Rudd who discussed how brands can capitalise on changing beauty regimes throughout the globe, including the Middle-East.
The themes of Halal cosmetics and the potential of the Middle-Eastern market were key throughout the show, and not just in the presentation theatres. The show floor was a-buzz with companies talking about the market, including first time exhibitor Farhan Tufail, CEO at Halal Certification Services GmbH, who said: “I attended in-cosmetics as a visitor last year and talked to a number of exhibitors many of whom had a genuine interest in Halal, but didn’t know where to source information about certification. As a result we’re exhibiting this year and we’ve received overwhelming feedback from visitors. We’ve already signed up for a booth at in-cosmetics Paris.”
The educational programme also included supplier-led Innovation Seminars with the likes of Lubrizol, Ashland Inc. and Solvay presenting their latest product developments and formulatory updates, and eight regulatory and scientific half-day Workshops moderated by leading experts and featuring presenters providing insight on subjects such as regulatory compliance, suncare research, haircare advances and formulation.
The show also saw the return of the popular Innovation Zone, which allows visitors to get up close and discover the latest product launches and formulations. Alongside the Innovation Zone were free-to-attend Live Demonstrations providing in-depth knowledge about innovations on offer from manufacturers exhibiting at the show.

in-cosmetics Exhibition Manager Cathy Laporte was delighted with the shows return to Barcelona: "I'm very pleased that our 25th anniversary show has been such a success. For an exhibition that plays such an important role in the cosmetics industry there is a community vibe about in-cosmetics which makes it such a pleasure to be a part of. It provides a real platform to do business and to find out more about global market developments.

"We have had such great feedback from both exhibitors and visitors and I'm sure in-cosmetics Paris 2016 will prove to be the most successful show in the exhibition’s history. I'm already looking forward to welcoming everyone through the doors next April."


24 June 2015 - Bredbury Hall, Stockport (UK)
This one-day workshop is intended to provide a technical overview of CLP and its relationship with the global GHS requirements for those exporting, particularly to Asia or North America. It will also cover the practicalities of labelling and special derogations for small packs or special cases. The content is aimed at those with a basic level of knowledge of chemical safety assessment either under the old CHIP classification or some introductory knowledge of CLP, but who need to understand the process in more detail.

BACS (the British Association for Chemical Specialties) has developed a series of training courses for the surfactants sector. The courses are designed to provide practical information for those working in the surfactants and related sectors. The courses currently available are as follows;

A basic introduction to surfactants - 9 September 2015 – Huddersfield (UK)
This course has been specifically designed for non-chemists and those chemists with no or only a limited knowledge of surfactants. It aims to provide a basic understanding of surfactants, including their function and applications. The course material is of a descriptive nature which will be readily understood by the non-chemist. The course has been devised by BACS members with considerable knowledge of the surfactants industry. The course tutor will be Mr Harry Motson who has many years of experience of surfactants, and has worked extensively in the industry. BACS members are offered priority booking. Attendance is limited to 20 delegates

Surfactants and their applications: a brief refresher for the practising surfactant chemist - 7 October 2015 – Huddersfield (UK)
This course has been developed as a refresher for those working in the surfactants industry who already have a basic knowledge of surfactants. The course tutor is Bob Hefford. Bob Hefford has many years experience in surface and colloid chemistry working for Unilever and Bristol-Myers Squibb where he was Director of their EMEA R&D laboratory. His responsibilities included both basic research and product development. Bob now runs an independent consultancy offering advise on advice and direction on colloid science, cosmetic science, formulation and regulation. He maintains an on-going interest in education particularly in the area of surfactant science.

Formulating with surfactants - 28 October 2015 – Stockport (UK)
This course aims to provide a practical interactive approach to formulation, with a focus on all the issues to
be considered by the formulator and how specific formulation problems should be approached and
resolved. The course attendees should have a basic understanding of surface chemistry and the properties of more commonly used surfactants. The course tutor is Bob Hefford.

Advanced Microbiology - 11 November 2015 - Stockport (UK)
This is a new course for which the course tutor will be David Ashworth. Further details of the course will be available shortly.

An introduction to regulatory affairs for the specialty chemicals sector - 25 November 2015 – Lymm (UK)
This one day course is designed to provide a basic overview for those either not routinely involved in regulatory affairs or new to the Sector. The course will provide a basic understanding of the relevant regulatory issues. It will cover topics of current or future relevance to those working in the Specialty Chemicals sector including REACH, Biocides, Detergents, Cosmetics GHS/CLP, and Ecolabelling. It will provide information on the background to the legislation, the current position and any proposed developments and how all this can influence product development and design. The format of the day is designed to provide a grounding in most areas of chemical regulation to provide a little history and background as well as where to go for more help. The Course tutor is Mark Selby. Mark Selby has worked in the area of regulatory science for nearly 30 years, starting with a UK-based speciality chemical manufacturer at the time that the EINECS list was closing. This background in industry provided a valuable insight into the problems facing manufacturing organisations with limited resources and tight schedules, but which needed to keep up with legislation.

For more details on theses and all BACS events can be found on the BACS web site or by contacting the BACS Office at

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