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AITEX to participate in the theoretical-practical session at the Anecorm Congress

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

29th june

The 12th Anecorm Congress will be held from 24 to 26 October in Seville. The motto of the upcoming edition is “Bridging the gap to advanced practices”.  

During the Congress, on October 25, a theoretical-practical session will be run by AITEX, on “Duality of Healthcare Products and Individual Protection Equipment. An update on the regulations regarding patient and professional safety “.

The objective of the session is to raise awareness of the regulations for the correct choice of products in public tenders. Update the applicable technical requirements. Improve the interpretation of labels.

Attendance at the theoretical-practical sessions is only for those attending the Anecorm Congress. Places are limited, and will be awarded by strict order of registration until the end of available places.

AITEX is notified body for certification of Personal Protection Equipment (EPI) No. 0161. Some medical devices are by definition dual products: they protect the patient from infections from the healthcare professional (Health Product) and protect the wearer against chemical and biological risks (category III high risk EPI). AITEX provides a Certification Service, Production QA and labelling evaluation for the certification of dual health products.

 

29 June, 2018 0 comment
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Evaluation and certification of respiratory protection equipment

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

26th june

One of the most important risks facing an operative is contracting diseases caused by breathing contaminated air, or oxygen deficiency in the atmosphere during their work. As a preventive measure, an employer must provide respiratory protection equipment.

This type of risk, which can cause death or irreversible damage to the employee, classifies the respiratory protection equipment as category III PPE.

In order to select the best respiratory protection equipment for a specific professional activity, whether insulating or filtering equipment, numerous factors must be considered, such as the type and concentration of pollutants, the concentration of oxygen in the atmosphere, the duration and effort required of the tasks to be performed, working conditions, etc. Standard EN 529: 2005 on respiratory protection, “Recommendations for selection, use, care and maintenance guidelines”, a programme is described to protect workers from exposure to air-borne pollutants.

Respiratoy protection equipment testing laboratory

Following requests from manufacturers in the sector, AITEX has broadened its scope as a Notified Body to enable us to evaluate the compliance of a range of respiratory protection filtering equipment. The Institute has purchased equipment and commissioned various tests under different standards necessary to certify different respiratory protection equipment.

The harmonised standards for each of the different types of respiratory protection equipment establish a range of tests, as well as applicable mandatory or optional performance requirements.

EU type certification

For a respiratory protection device to be marketed in the European Union, it must comply with the essential health and safety requirements established in Regulation 2016/425, through the following conformity assessment procedure: EU Examination of Type (module B).

Through this procedure the Notified Body will not only evaluate the prototype PPE using the tests according to the harmonised standards; it will also evaluate the technical documentation, the informative brochure that will be provided to the user with the equipment and the labelling. As a result of the EU type examination, the Notified Body will issue an evaluation report and an EU type examination certificate, together with any of the following options:

  • Conformity of type based on the company’s internal QA plus a supervised product QA at random intervals (module C2).
  • Conformity of type based on production process QA (module D).

AITEX has recently been approved and notified to test, evaluate and certify respiratory protection equipment under module B for the corresponding emission of the EU type certificate. It has also been notified for evaluation as category III PPE (module C2); this will require AITEX to carry out product QA at least once a year, and at the latest one year after the date of issue of the certificate, to verify the homogeneity of the production process and the conformity of the PPE with the type described in the EU type examination certificate.

Artículo publicado en AITEX review nº59

28 June, 2018 0 comment
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Textiles labelled with UV STANDARD 801 ensure the protection factor of the product

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

28th of May

In 2018 the UV STANDARD 801 certification celebrates its 20th anniversary. The certification process establishes the UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor), which is used to specify the sun protection factor of textile materials.

Unlike other standards and methods, the  UV STANDARD 801 certification measures the UPF of a textile taking into account the particular requirements to which it is subjected during its use.

The sun is life to us, but too much is harmful and ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause lasting damage to the eyes and skin. However, exposure to the sun is vital to the body’s ability to produce vitamin D, vital to bone development. The problem is that babies and young children have little or no protection, and therefore should only enjoy limited exposure to direct sunlight. It takes up to 15 years for the human body to develop full protection against harmful UV rays, but even then, this UV protection is only effective for a limited period of time, which could be only a few minutes depending on the type of skin, when exposed to direct sunlight outdoors.

What protects us from overexposure to UV rays?

When sunbathing, we usually use a sunscreen with UV protection. But even the most powerful of these, known as sunblock, only provides a sun protection factor (SPF) of 50. When you’re in the water or you dry off with a towel, your sunblock loses effectiveness and must be re-applied to ensure long-term protection.

Textiles also provide protection from the sun’s rays and the colour and design of the clothes are important: dark colours provide a higher level of protection than light and the denser the material, the greater the protection it provides against UV rays. In addition, synthetic fibres have a higher UV protection factor than products made from natural fibres.

How can you recognise textiles with UV protection?

The best way is to choose textiles that guarantee a high level of UV protection. Textiles with UV protection provide an extremely effective barrier against UV rays and depending on what they are made from, can provide a UPF of up to 80.

Unlike other standards and methods, the  UV STANDARD 801 certification measures the UPF of a textile taking into account the particular demands to which it is subjected during its use. For swimsuits and sportswear, this could be, for example, aspects such as stretching and wear during use. In addition, the SPF is also affected during and after textile care. In the case of specific sun protection textiles such as umbrellas and awnings, various climatic conditions of sun, rain and humidity must be considered. As a result of these conditions, the protection time is drastically reduced (or in the worst case is almost completely lost), and this must also be reflected in the indicated UPF rating to avoid putting the user at risk. Accordingly, members of the International Association for Testing for UV-applied Protection recommend measuring the UV protection factor in accordance with UV STANDARD 801.

26 June, 2018 0 comment
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AITEX participates in the Round Robin organised by FIFA in Asia

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

5th of June

AITEX, a FIFA-approved laboratory, participated in a Round Robin held in Asia. 

AITEX, a FIFA-approved laboratory, participated in a Round Robin held in Asia.
On-site testing of an artificial grass pitch is an essential part of the FIFA Quality Program for football turf, in addition to the final quality control before FIFA accredits it as a certified pitch surface. To ensure that these tests are conducted uniformly throughout the world, FIFA only works with approved testing laboratories.
AITEX as an approved testing institute to carry out quality certification of artificial turf on football pitches and the Institute travelled to Hong Kong to participate in the Round Robin. During the 4-day event, each technician from the accredited institutes performs two field tests.
This year the Round Robin took place in King’s Park in Kowloon, Hong Kong with a total of 37 applicants and 16 technicians seeking licence renewal were tested and approved by the Round Robin and join the 80 existing approved technicians.

AITEX, as a FIFA-approved laboratory, performs the following field tests:

Tests to determine the reaction of the ball with the surface:
• Vertical bouncing of the ball.
• Ball rolling.

Tests to determine the reaction of the player with the surface:
These tests are of special relevance, and simulate the interaction of the player with the sports surface, determining if the pitch is adequate and safe for the player to use without injury.
• Shock absorption
• Deformation.
• Rotational resistance

More information:

FIFA.COM

5 June, 2018 0 comment
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NEW OEKO -TEX® REGULATIONS FOR 2018

In 2018, the OEKO-TEX® Association endeavours to provide further targeted support on issues relating to consumer protection and sustainability throughout the textile value creation chain.

The existing guidelines of the OEKO-TEX® product portfolio were updated on 02 January. The new regulations come into effect on 01 April 2018 for all certification systems and other services, following a three-month transition period.

To find out more about the new product regulations, view the following Webinar:

Updates to the OEKO-TEX® standards and guidelines are based on the continuous exchange of experiences with industry stakeholders, cooperation in initiatives and monitoring of legal regulations. The work of OEKO-TEX® expert groups thus takes into account current scientific innovations and knowledge as well as latest market developments.

You can find the most important changes regarding the individual OEKO-TEX® products below:

DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX®

Thanks to the comparability of the DETOX TO ZERO MRSL with the valid MRSL for the STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification, DETOX TO ZERO can be fully integrated into STeP.

DETOX TO ZERO customers can convert to STeP at any time. The restructuring of the DETOX TO ZERO assessment tool and status report improves usability and clarity. The MRSL valid for DETOX TO ZERO can be viewed in the guidelines at www.oeko-tex.com/detoxtozero

LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®

Bisphenol A, the aromatic amine aniline and additional alkylphenols (pentyl- and heptylphenol) are now included in the LEATHER STANDARD. For more detailed information on the new inclusions and other changes, see www.oeko-tex.com/ls-updates-2018.

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX®

The ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) initiative accepts the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® as an indicator of conformity with their MRSL (harmful substance exclusion list for textile production). Upon approval, companies can have their products certified by ECO PASSPORT listed in the OEKO-TEX® Buying Guide / and if they wish from now on also in the ZDHC Chemical Gateway.
More information about new incorporations and other changes can be found at www.oeko-tex.com/ls-updates-2018.

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®

The minimum requirements and criteria for awarding the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® product label have been updated. Advantages of the new definition are: improved comprehensibility and less time for label attainment: www.oeko-tex.com/madeingreen

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®

The newly recorded harmful substances in the STANDARD 100 criteria catalogue are phenol, bisphenol A, the aromatic amine aniline as well as the additional alkylphenols, pentyl- and heptylphenol. The OEKO-TEX® Association henceforth places the substance quinoline under observation. Amended limit values also apply for short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP) and ortho-phenylphenol (OPP). As of 1 April 2018, OEKO-TEX® plans to integrate the testing of organic cotton products for genetically modified organisms (GMO) into STANDARD 100.
More information on the new regulations for STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® available at: www.oeko-tex.com/std100-updates-2018.

STeP by OEKO-TEX®

El alcance de las evaluaciones STeP para la encuesta de datos requeridos de la empresa se reduce significativamente condensando el cuestionario. La integración de DETOX TO ZERO permite ahora emitir el certificado SteP y el informe de estado adicional con información sobre DETOX TO ZERO.

About OEKO-TEX®
With 25 years of experience, OEKO-TEX® leads the world in empowering and enabling consumers and companies to protect our planet by making responsible decisions. OEKO-TEX® provides standardised solutions which optimise customers’ manufacturing processes and help deliver high quality, more sustainable products. All of the products within the OEKO-TEX® portfolio are used to strengthen our customers’ systems, processes or products and, ultimately, they help create more sustainable companies. To date, 10,000 manufacturers, brands, and retailers in almost 100 countries are working with OEKO-TEX® to ensure that their products are tested for potentially harmful substances and millions of consumers around the world look for OEKO-TEX® labels before making buying decisions. OEKO-TEX® certified products and suppliers can be located in the OEKO-TEX® Online Buying Guide at www.oeko-tex.com/products. 

23 March, 2018 0 comment
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NEW REGULATIONS FOR COSMETICS PRODUCTS IN SPAIN

It has been considered necessary to develop an appropriate European-wide legal instrument for cosmetic products that imposes clear and detailed rules that avoid divergent transpositions by individual Member States. To this end, Regulation (EC) No. 1223/200 of the European Parliament and the Council of 30 November 2009 on cosmetic products has been adopted.

 

Below is a summary of the most important aspects of Royal Decree 85/2018, February 23, which regulates cosmetic products.

“The aforementioned Regulation establishes that cosmetic products must be safe under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use, and must respect the rules of composition and labelling provided. Each product must be traceable to a responsible person in the European Union and the traceability of each of the cosmetic products in the supply chain must be guaranteed.

To ensure their safety, all commercially available cosmetic products must be manufactured in accordance with the principles of best manufacturing practices, with compliance being monitored by national authorities. The aspects that the European standard leaves to the Member States can be regulated at national level. Therefore, the new Royal Decree is issued which specifies issues such as the competent authorities for the supervision of the market and for the reception and transmission of notifications of serious undesirable effects and serious risks to health, the powers of inspection and the adoption of health protection measures that correspond to these authorities, as well as the procedures to be followed. The procedures for compliance with the administrative cooperation principle are also regulated and the instrument also specifies other issues such as those relating to the language to be used in the labelling and the information sheet supplied with cosmetic products.

In addition, the aforementioned Regulation allows each Member State to regulate the notification by health professionals or by consumers of any serious undesirable effects caused by cosmetic products to the competent national authorities. In the Spanish Cosmetovigilance System, the rules for operation will be dictated in accordance with the functions contemplated in article 35.6 of the Statute of the AEMPS, approved by Royal Decree 1275/2011, of September 16, by which the State Agency “Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products” has been created and its Statute approved.
With respect to cosmetics manufacturers and importers, the Royal Decree also regulates the requirements and conditions that must be met and the procedure for presenting the declaration of responsibility before the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (hereinafter AEMPS), developing section 3 of the third additional provision of the revised text of the Law on guarantees and rational use of medicines and health products, approved by Royal Legislative Decree 1/2015, of July 24.

At a national level, article 40, sections 5 and 6 of Law 14/1986, of April 25, General Health attributes to the General State Administration powers for regulation, authorisation, registration or homologation, as appropriate , of medicines for human and veterinary use and of other health products and articles and of those that, by affecting human beings, may pose a risk to public health, as well as to regulate and authorise the activities of manufacturers and importers of the aforementioned products. Additionally, based on article 40.6 of the aforementioned law, the AEMPS has been issuing authorisations for activities involved in the manufacture and importation of cosmetic products.

The revised text of the Law on Guarantees and Rational Use of Medicines and Medical Devices establishes that the conditions and requirements to be met for the manufacture, importation, clinical research, distribution, commercialisation, dispensation and use of medical devices and the respective administrative procedures will be determined by regulation in accordance with the provisions of European Union regulations. It is further provided that what is established in this section shall also apply, as appropriate, to personal care products and cosmetics.

This same additional provision establishes that the activities of manufacturing and importing cosmetics and personal care products are subject to the system of the declaration of responsibility regulated in article 69 of Law 39/2015, of October 1, of the Common Administrative Procedure of Public Administrations. This declaration of responsibility must be presented to the AEMPS. The presentation of the declaration of responsibility will enable the company to commence activities, without prejudice to subsequent verification by the AEMPS, through documentary verification and, where appropriate, inspection of the elements and circumstances revealed by the interested party in the declaration of responsibility.

Contacte con nosotros

Unidad técnica cosmética: nblanes@aitex.es

22 March, 2018 0 comment
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AITEX PROMOTES ITS WORK IN SAFETY CONTROLS FOR MATERIALS IN CONTACT WITH FOODSTUFF

Ensuring that what we eat is safe not only relies on the analytical control of the food, but also includes the control of the material or object that is intended to be in contact with this food.

What are the materials and articles intended to be in contact with food?

They include all those designed to come into contact or which are already in contact with foodstuff and are specifically intended for that purpose and those which can be expected to come into contact or which can transfer their components during normal or foreseeable use. These products are widely distributed in the market and form a very large variety of families of materials from rubber, glass and textiles to silicones and plastics.

What products does it apply to?

When we see the pictogram we all think of a Tupperware container, however there are many other products such as gloves, aprons, tablecloths, covers and ham cords, water filters, threads and skins for sausages, conveyor belts, nonwovens and threads for infusions, bibs, cloths, reusable sandwich bags, clothing for the food industry, in short any material that may come into contact with food must meet legislative requirements, in terms of analysis, labelling and its associated documentation.

How are they controlled?

Generally speaking there are two regulations, regardless of the material in question, which must be complied with:

  • EC Regulation 1935/2004, 27th October 2004, by the European Parliament and Council on materials and articles designed to come into contact with food.
  • EC Regulation 2023/2006, 22nd December 2006, by the European Commission, on best practices in the manufacture of materials and articles designed to come into contact with food.

Materials intended to come into contact with food should not represent a danger to human health. All chemical substances used in manufacturing must be safe and stable in their formulation so that they do not migrate to food. Manufacturers and / or distributors must protect the safety of the materials to ensure that the quality and food safety is not affected by it and must also comply with the requirements established by good manufacturing practices.

Why the need for control?

These materials can release substances from their components to foods that they are in contact with, even if in very small quantities. This “migration” can compromise the quality of the material and, more importantly, consumer safety, which is why they are subject to strict safety regulations. The risk of regulatory breach, legal liabilities and product recalls can be reduced by checking the compliance of the material before placing it on the market. In Spain, official controls at national level are coordinated between the Autonomous Communities (CCAA) and the Spanish Agency for Consumption, Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN). Specifically, they are described in the 16 MECA’S PROGRAM, whose objective is to reduce the appearance of risks linked to migration levels in packaging and materials in contact with food, in accordance with current legislation.

How can we help?

AITEX provides solutions to the various industries involved in manufacturing materials to be in contact with food at each stage of the supply chain, through the development of tests, materials inspection, training, and by providing support in documentation and labelling. We have an ENAC-approved laboratory according to ISO 17025 to carry out all necessary tests.

20 February, 2018 0 comment
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AITEX EXTENDS THE SCOPE OF CERTIFICATES IT CAN ISSUE IN THE FIELD OF PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

As a result of close collaboration between ASEPAL and AITEX, the catalogue of services for testing, evaluating and certifying personal protection equipment has been extended to include; gloves, helmets, fall arresters, eye and facial protection, breathing apparatus and ear defenders.

In order to meet the needs of ASEPAL partners, AITEX has expanded its service portfolio to support the manufacturers of head, eye and face protection equipment, insulating and respiratory equipment, and has been granted Notified Body status No. 0161 for the application of the new regulation (EU) 2016/425 on Personal Protection Equipment and Directive 89/686 / EEC.

AITEX, with a wide range in the certification of clothing and protective gloves against different risks, has already started expanding its catalogue with the inclusion of fall protection equipment certification, having a fall tower with 2 test areas, one for free fall and another for guided fall, to perform tests to evaluate the conformity of products such as ropes, harnesses, lifelines, and accessories such as carabiners, tapes, rings, blockers and anchors.

The Institute has incorporated a new laboratory infrastructure for the evaluation of the mandatory and optional requirements of the standards that apply to head protection equipment. AITEX carries out the certification of protective helmets for the industry according to standards EN 397, EN 14052 and EN 812, firemen’s helmets according to standards EN 443, EN 16471, EN 16473 and electrically insulating helmets in accordance with EN 50365.

Another of the fields that AITEX has developed is eye and face protection, where tests applicable to category I individual sunscreen protectors are carried out according to EN ISO 12311 and EN ISO 12312-1. In addition, the Institute performs certification of the basic requirements of eyepieces in accordance with the EN 166 standard and the different filters under EN 169, EN 170, EN 171, EN 172, EN 175 and EN 379 standards; Mesh protectors EN 1731 and protectors for firemen and emergency service EN 14458.

Likewise, AITEX offers the evaluation and certification of gloves and dielectric sleeves, under the standards EN / IEC 60903 and EN / IEC 60984.

Regarding respiratory protection, AITEX offers the evaluation of equipment for facial adapters, filtering masks and filters, verifying compliance with EN 136, EN 140, EN 1827, EN 149, EN 405, EN 143 and EN 14387.
In the near future, in order to provide a complete service to companies in the protection sector, AITEX is working to include the evaluation and certification of hearing protection equipment in its portfolio.

13 February, 2018 0 comment
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Textile analysis and safety tests

LABORATORIES & INNOVATION

Consumers are placing more and more value on the quality of their clothing purchases when deciding whether to buy one product or another. In addition, manufacturers and large purchasers need to know first-hand the quality of the goods they are producing and buying to reduce risks and guarantee the quality of textile articles.  

AITEX offers a global, integrated service to guarantee that tested articles are free of harmful substances and comply with REACH. The Institute also provides a range of physical and mechanical tests designed to prevent customer complaints and returns and improve customer satisfaction with a given product.
AITEX provides high street chains with the following suite of fast-fashion services:

  • International offices to provide a fast turnaround for articles being presented for testing. Samples can be delivered to AITEX SPAIN’s laboratories within 48 hours.
  • Quick turnaround: depending on the methods and work requested by the client, results can be available within 3 to 5 working days.
  • Customised reports for each individual client.
  • The most up-to-date computerised applications:
    • AITEX’s EXTRANET: where all the tests performed on a sample can be accessed and searched by field: model, reference, supplier, etc.
    • A tool to manage the results of the tests performed depending on the indicators defined by the client.
  • Technical assessment to resolve incidences
  • Latest-generation testing equipment
  • Fully-qualified professional technicians

HARMFUL SUBSTANCE CONTROL (REACH Requirements):

Existing legislation establishes various requirements for textile article composition and type. At AITEX we assess products and advise manufacturers on how to identify the risk factors associated with their products to perform the necessary tests to ensure that the article is free from harmful substances and complies with the laws pertinent to the countries where it will be sold.

ANALYSIS OF THE PHYSICAL AND MECHANICAL PARAMETERS OF GARMENTS AND FABRICS

Each company has its own needs and specifications to meet, depending on the quality of its garments and fabrics. AITEX advises the client on how to design the physical and mechanical test packs it needs to perform in order to reduce the possibility of customer complaints and returns. These include: how well a garment performs to washing, colour fastness, pilling and abrasion, among others.

CHILD SAFETY LEGISLATION:

Of all the stages of the process involved in getting a product to the market, design is one of the earliest and most decisive in several aspects, and this includes its safety during use.
There is a wide range of legislation designed to ensure the safety of children’s and baby wear:

  • UNE-EN 14682: SAFETY OF CHILDREN’S CLOTHING. CORDS AND DRAWSTRINGS ON CHILDREN’S CLOTHING
  • UNE 40902: SAFETY OF BABY GARMENTS. PHYSICAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES.
  • UNE-EN 14878:2007: BURNING BEHAVIOUR OF CHILDREN’S NIGHTWEAR
24 January, 2018 0 comment
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AITEX creates a cosmetics technical unit

The Institute boasts advanced infrastructure, laboratory equipment and experimental research plant with applications in the cosmetics sector.

The cluster of cosmetics and hygiene companies in and around Alcoy generates around 75 million euros turnover per year and directly employs nearly 450 people.

The Regional Councillor for Sustainable Economy, Rafael Climent, the Director General of IVACE, Júlia Company, and the Director of AITEX, Vicente Blanes this morning presented in Alcoy the new AITEX Cosmetics Unit “A historic commitment to a dynamic emerging sector crying out for research support”, said Climent.

The unit allows AITEX to offer a complete range of services to the cosmetics and hygiene sector in three key areas: characterisation laboratories, QA and product certification in compliance with international standards; applied research, innovation and development of added-value products and specialised technical training. Of particular note is the Institute’s participation in the Masters in the Cosmetics Industry which the PUV has run for the last few years.

The mission objective of the new unit is to create technological know-how and transfer it to companies within the sector, providing them with consultancy services on the development of new formulations and relevant legislation at home and abroad, in the characterisation of cosmetics products and environmental impact studies, in addition to helping manufacturers become more competitive, create greater levels of internal value and to provide access to new business opportunities.

 The potential to enhance the attraction of the sector

AITEX, with over 30 years’ experience in applied chemistry in textile, health and hygiene has been able to take all of its know-how and potential and steer it towards the needs of the world of cosmetics. The Institute has sophisticated cutting-edge equipment, laboratories and experimental research plant available to the sector.

With the launch of this new facility, AITEX consolidates and expands the value of the capabilities and resources it can make available to the cosmetics sector, allowing companies to increase competitiveness and create new business opportunities.

Cosmetics: a growing sector

 

The Comunitat Valenciana is Spain’s third-largest cosmetics region after Catalonia and Madrid, with 50 companies, according to data supplied by the National Statistics’ Office latest report.

Alcoy has half a dozen companies who manufacture and distribute cosmetics and hygiene products and the small cluster of cosmetics and hygiene companies in and around Alcoy generates around 75 million euros turnover per year and directly employs nearly 450 people.

During the first six months of 2017, exports of cosmetics and perfume from the Comunitat Valenciana reached 279 million euros, 2% of the region’s entire exports.

The constant demand from ever more demanding consumers with more and more specific requirements has promoted the industry to a position of key importance for the creation of wealth, converting it into one of the dynamos for regional industry.

19 January, 2018 0 comment
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