Cognis Opens Affiliate in India

Cognis has opened an affiliate in Mumbai, India. As of today, Cognis India will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Cognis Group, and will operate under the name of Cognis Specialty Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. Cognis first opened a liaison office in India in February 2008, with the aim of bringing the company closer to its customers in the region and gaining a greater understanding of local markets. The new affiliate will continue to grow Cognis’ business in India, and highlights the importance of this region.

Cognis is a global supplier of innovative ingredients for products such as personal and home care, agriculture, coatings, lubricants, food ingredients, pharmaceuticals, and dietary supplements. Cognis’ success is based upon its focus on high-growth, high-demand areas which are driven by the wellness and sustainability trends. This is why the company is increasingly devoting resources to its operations in the Asia-Pacific region, which is now its third biggest market after Europe and North America. India is one of the world’s most important emerging markets, and this is why Cognis opened the liaison office there in 2008.

Since it was established, the office has helped Cognis gain a greater understanding of the Indian market, as well as enabling it to anticipate developments there more quickly. It has also helped strengthen relationships with existing customers, distributors and suppliers, identified and initiated new business opportunities, and raised awareness of Cognis’ products and services in local markets. The decision to found the new affiliate marks another milestone for Cognis in realizing business opportunities within the Indian market. It also reflects the success of the liaison office, as well as the significant growth achieved by Cognis in India in the last few years. For example, in 2008, Cognis’ sales in India grew by some 30 percent.

Cognis India will employ technical and commercial managers to work on behalf of all three of the company’s strategic business units – Care Chemicals, Nutrition & Health, and Functional Products. To demonstrate product benefits and answer questions on application technologies onsite, Care Chemicals and Functional Products will also establish technical service facilities in India. To grow Cognis’ business in India, the company will continue to explore options for establishing local sourcing and production facilities.

Guido Appl, General Manager of Cognis India, comments: “We still see India and the whole Asia-Pacific region as a market with significant growth potential that fits perfectly with Cognis’ strategy. Many of our existing and potential customers are also exploring business opportunities in India, and our direct links in the country have enhanced our customers’ confidence and helped us give them the competitive edge they need to succeed. Opening the liaison office proved to be a valuable strategic step, and showed the potential within this market, which in turn prompted our decision to establish a full affiliate.”

About Cognis
Cognis is a worldwide supplier of innovative specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients, with a particular focus on the areas of wellness and sustainability. The company employs about 5,900 people, and operates production sites and service centers in 30 countries. Cognis has dedicated its activities to a high level of sustainability and delivers natural source raw materials and ingredients for food, nutrition and healthcare markets, and the cosmetics, detergents and cleaners industries. Another main focus is on products for industries such as coatings, inks, lubricants, agriculture, and mining.

Cognis is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2008, Cognis recorded sales of about 3 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (operating result) of 351 million euros.

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