Singapore Polytechnic (SP) has launched a S$1mil (RM2.5mil) state-of-the-art facility for students in its perfumery and cosmetic science programme to formulate and develop personal care products such as fragrances and soaps.
The 575sq m Perfumery and Cosmetic Science Centre includes equipment such as skin investigation systems as well as scent and sensory chambers.
The centre is divided into three sections where students will be trained in research and design, formulation and development of a final marketable product.
At the centre’s launch yesterday, SP’s principal and chief executive Tan Choon Shian said the facility’s purpose is to train students to meet the needs of the personal care industry, such as the growing demand for manpower.
Five out of the world’s top 10 flavour and fragrance houses are based in Singapore.
The industry is expected to grow significantly in Asia, by at least 40% to reach US$16bil (RM52.5bil) by 2017, according to figures from the Singapore Economic Development Board. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network