After two years in the planning and around a year in construction, Silab’s €11m unit – financed through support from the European Union, French government, and regional councils – is now fully operational.
The powder production unit uses spray-drying technology to transform active ingredients into dry form, without the need for preservatives. These powders can then be incorporated into cosmetic and dermo-cosmetic formulations.
The unit has been designed to run at an annual capacity of 150 metric tons.
Mélanie Coirier, communications officer at Silab, said the investment aligned with market demands.
“At a time when consumers request more and more natural products, developing preservative-free active ingredients perfectly responds to the market’s expectations in terms of naturality and eco-responsibility, without any compromise on safety and efficacy,” Coirier told CosmeticsDesign-Europe.
“Indeed, the absence of preservatives diminishes the impact on health and natural ecosystems, in line with the company’s sustainable development policy.”
Coirier said the production investment also enabled Silab to diversify its offerings in the cosmetics and dermo-cosmetics space, as the spray-dried powders were easy to formulate with.