PCHi 2018 Fountain Awards celebrate innovation

By Natasha Spencer

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PCHi 2018 Fountain Awards celebrate innovation
As Personal Care and Homecare Ingredients (PCHi) closes its doors for another year, we bring you the winners of this year’s Fountain Awards which praise fresh and cutting-edge technologies and progressive developments.

This year’s event, held at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre(SWEECC) between 19th - 21st March, saw 544 exhibitors — almost 40% of which are international exhibitors from 29 countries and regions — enter through its doors.

Marking its second year at PCHi, the Fountain Awards were first introduced to reward and encourage the personal care industry to boost research efforts and create innovative technologies.

Making the awards happen

"The Awards gives us an opportunity to accord recognition to the significant contributions that companies and individuals have made to the personal care industry,”​ enthused Joe Zhou, Vice President at Reed Sinopharm Exhibitions (RSE), who host the awards.

“We trust that through the myriad of platforms provided at PCHi, including the Fountain Awards, we can nurture a vibrant network of partnerships such that the impact and influence of PCHi can be felt throughout the year.”

The winners of the 2018 PCHi Fountain Awards were chosen after whittling down over 100 submissions. All entrants were determined after assessment against a standard set of criteria.

A judging panel comprised of domestic and international scientific researchers from prestigious universities and research institutions, industry veterans from top cosmetics manufacturing companies, along with experts from PCHi’s Cosmetics Science and Technology Innovation Committee (CSTIC) and the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC), selected the winners.

These winners spanned several personal care categories including active ingredients, functional ingredients, green and sustainable personal care, and packaging and materials. The awards also recognised outstanding individuals of the year.

Fountain Awards winners

The active ingredients winners comprised innovative developments in moisturising and hydrating by Ichimaru Pharcos and Seppic Shanghai Rep. Office; anti-ageing by BASF (China) and Shanghai Jayu Bio-Technology; whitening and brightening by Azelis (Shanghai); and IFF-Lucas Meyer Cosmetics and Rahn AG for notable contributions in other areas relating to active ingredients.

Names and nods in functional ingredients included Lubrizol Specialty Chemicals (Shanghai) for emulsification and stability; Guangzhou Bafeorii Chemical for sensory enhancement; and Dow Chemical (China) Investment Company in the other category.

Croda and Evonik Industrial were awarded for their dedication to green and sustainable personal care products, while Coptis and Guangzhou Planck Industries were celebrated for their packaging and machinery innovations.

Jinke Zhou from Guangzhou Logicos Biotech and Kenichi Ito at Ichimaru Pharcos also received the prestigious accolade of Outstanding Individuals of the Year Award.

Upcoming developments

RSE will also welcome the return of the PCHi Technology Summit in Autumn 2018. In its second edition, the summit plans to open up key discussions on industry trends and issues including domestic market status, industry trends and technical insights.

“Over the past eleven years, PCHi has worked hard to bridge the gap between suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors by facilitating business and providing learning opportunities,”​ Zhou added.

“The number of exhibitors and visitors at PCHi has grown steadily with each edition, and we’re very excited to be enabling these companies’ journeys of establishing a stronger presence in Asia’s personal care industry,”​ Zhou concluded.

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