YORKSHIRE firms providing skincare products and cosmetics aim to clean up at a top trade show next week.
Huddersfield-based Yorkshire Chemical Focus is leading a delegation of manufacturers and suppliers from the region to the event, In-cosmetics, which takes place from April 21 to 23 in Munich, Germany.
Dr Jane Mockford, YCF chief executive, will lead the delegation through the organisation’s Personal Care Programme network, the first ever organised by YCF for this sector.Š
YCF, which supports and promotes the county’s £2.2bn chemical sector, is receiving funding through the Government’s UK Trade & Investment export support arm to help up to 10 delegates attend the event for the first time.
They will join regular exhibitors, including specialist dyes firm and Queen’s Award winner James Robinson Ltd, based at Leeds Road, Deighton.
First-time exhibitors include Brighouse-based soap and toiletries manufacturer John Drury & Co Ltd.
Director Edward Drury said: “This delegation provides the opportunity to go into Europe with our products.
“We hope to meet some European retailers and to update ourselves on the key market trends.”
Mr Drury said: “YCF has managed much of the process for us and helped us access some funding for us to attend.Š
“It’s a great benefit to be able to target new markets without having to strike out totally on our own.”
John Drury, formed in 1882, produces a range of soaps, antibacterial handwash, bath and shower products for household use and hotels.
Other delegates include Northallerton-based The Kerfoot Group, which supplies oils to the cosmetics industry and which aims to expand sales to Europe, Asia and the USA; as well as Sheffield-based Kirkstall Ltd, a firm promoting technology to reduce animal testing used in cosmetics.Š
Dr Mockford, who is based at the Syngenta building at Leeds Road, Deighton, said: “Visitors to this event include technical people looking for ingredients and ideas, distributors looking for new products and specialists and customers throughout the personal care supply chain.Š
“It’s a tremendous opportunity to promote the capability of the companies and academic base in Yorkshire’s personal care sector and boost the exporting activity of some of our member companies.
The Personal Care Programme is backed by regional development agency Yorkshire Forward.Š
Details of the Personal Care Programme are available at www.pcprogramme.org.uk