Global Processing

Avon Products to Open New Facility in Shanghai

March 22, 2010
The Associated Press reports that beauty company Avon Products Inc. plans to open its largest research and development center outside the U.S. in Shanghai. The 40,000 square-foot building will contain six floors and have extra capacity to expand Avon''s overall scientific capabilities in China and Asia. It will mostly serve China, but also serve other markets in the Asian Pacific region. An existing research and development center in Guangzhou focuses on cosmetics and nutritional supplements. Cosmetic research will move to the Shanghai building when it opens, with Guangzhou continuing to look at nutritional supplements. Individuals that will work at the new facility include those in the areas of product development, safety and quality testing, microbiology, chemical engineering and consumer research. The building is expected to open later this year. Avon, whose brands included Skin-So-Soft and Mark along with its namesake cosmetics, also has research and development centers in Argentina, Brazil, China, Japan, Mexico, Poland and South Africa.