According to organisers Reed Exhibitions, all stand space for the event was booked on-site at last year’s exhibition in Paris, prompting the expansion of the exhibition area in an effort to meet further demand.
This year big names such as DSM, Croda, Dow Chemical and Rhodia will once again appear on the exhibition floor, together with first time appearances from smaller businesses from all over the world, including Italian players Faraveili, L.F Castelli and Variati.
Opening its doors on March 29, the three day event will also include a comprehensive programme of seminars and workshops covering regulatory and scientific and innovation seminars, together with workshops and a series of presentations about key market trends.
The regulatory seminars will feature a presentation March 29 at 1.30pm about the impact of recent regulatory changes, given by Annelie Struessman, Technical Director of Conusbat and will also include executives from Henkel and Beiersdorf.
The seminar will draw attention to the impact of recent regulatory changes, outlining the legal requirements for safety assessment, Product Information Files and Cosmetic Safety Reports.
Also on March 29, at 2.30pm, there will be a seminar on regulatory issues in China, given by Dr. Alain Khaiat, president of Seers Consulting, who will outline the impact of recent regulatory changes in the country.
Science seminars focus on skin ageing
The scientific seminars at the show will focus on two key industry trends – skin ageing, together with covering the key advances in nanotechnology and biotechnology.
The seminar on skin ageing will last all morning on March 30, and will include industry experts from AVR Consulting, the San Gailicano Dermatologicial Institute in Italy and University of Ferrara’s department of pharmacology and science.
The seminar will look at research in cellular and biochemical changes in the skin ageing process, as well as lifting the lid on the most up to date methods to measure and quantify skin ageing.
The nanotechnologies and biotechnologies in cosmetics session will take place over the course of the afternoon on March 30, and will include experts from ECVAM and the Nanotechnologies Institute.
The two formulation workshops will take place on both March 29 and March 30, and will include From Active Ingredients to Active Formulation in 5 Simple steps, as well as a workshop given by Organic Monitor’s Jude Beerling entitled The Natural Options, which will focus on formulating with natural ingredients.
This year’s in-focus exhibition area will feature the theme of sustainable beauty and will be sponsored by Brazilian ingredients expert Beraca. It will feature some of the most innovative yet environmentally friendly products to hit the market recently.
Finally, the innovation seminars will focus on some of the newest and most technologically advanced cosmetic ingredients and products on the market. The 44 seminars will feature a cross-section of suppliers giving 30 minute presentations.
The seminars and workshops will be surrounded by the larger exhibition area, which this year will feature over 500 exhibitors, housed in the city’s main exhibition halls, Fiera Milano.