Symrise trains perfumers of the future

By Louise Prance

- Last updated on GMT

Fragrance and flavours manufacturer, Symrise has announced that it
will start the training of five new students from next month, in a
bid to create perfumers of the future and to consolidate its lead
as the main fragrance manufacturer within the industry.

The training scheme will run over a three-year period and will take place in Paris, France and Holzminden, Germany, the company's headquarters. Not only is the company aiming to push itself forward as the lead fragrance manufacturer with the traineeship, 'safeguarding the success of the Scent and Care division well into the future', it is also creating a foundation for the development of successful fragrance compositions within the industry that are focused entirely on clients demands. Incorporating academic studies and application-oriented work, the programme will look in-depth at aroma chemicals and the trainees will learn how to develop perfume structures whilst acquiring special knowledge of different forms of applications. Following a demanding selection process, Symrise senior perfumer, Egon Oelkers, will train the five candidates with the Symrise corporate philosophy and strategy early on. Established employees from Dragoco and Haarmann & Reimer, the two companies that merged together in 2002 to form Symrise, will mentor the candidates and help them throughout the course of their training. The company hopes to create waves within the fragrance indsutry with the announcement of the new training scheme, suggesting that they are investing in future generations of the perfumery industry. However, despite this news proving positive for the future of the synthetic fragrance industry, there have been numerous misgivings regarding the favoritism of some key industry figures towards the synthetics market. The future of the natural perfumery industry is said to be in jeopardy, following the recent 40th​ amendment of the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) voluntary Code of Practice. IFRA announced the 40th​ amendment of its voluntary Code of Practice earlier this year, including the revised Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) policy that now requires more intricate testing on all ingredients used within fragrance manufacturing. The complexity of implementing the QRA caused industry lobby groups, who are mainly concerned with natural ingredient manufacturing, to raise concerns that smaller businesses do not have the ability to wade through 'the unnecessary red tape' caused by the amendment. However, Jean-Pierre Houri, president of the IFRA refuted these claims, stating, "The revised Code of Practice will no doubt cause much more work for smaller businesses and they will have to look more in-depth at their fragrance manufacturing. However, it is by no means impossible and, if done correctly, is perfectly manageable".

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