extraction and how they differ significantly in
terms of gas chromatographic analysis as well
as in olfactory terms. He cautioned against the
different aspects of loss and value to essential
oils depending on the way they are brought to
fine perfumery while “trying to bring nature
into the lab.”
Tim Whiteley of CPL Aromas pointed out
the challenges in the hair color industry and
spoke about the changing trends of fragrances
in this segment. He said that although fruity
notes have al ways been popular in hair color, the
trend at the moment is toward floral accords.
The flavors market is also on a fast growth
track, noted Vivek Kulkarni of SH Kelkar.
He explained that the Indian food processing
industry is going through extreme transformational changes because of a growing middle
class, changing lifestyles, and rising aspirations
and readiness to experiment and try innovative new ideas. But in the process of the new
ideas, Kulkarni noted, there was a need for
introspection as well. “We have to ask ourselves, where are we
headed? Harmonization is important, not only for ourselves,
but globally,” he said.
Daniela Cavagnino of Dani Instruments said that powerful
tools that maximize the amount of analytical information per unit
of time are essential. She added that the common approach for
the analysis of complex mixtures is to focus on enhanced resolution of long capillary columns in spite of long analysis time.
However, over the last decade, high-sample-throughput laboratories have gained more attention in reducing costs of analysis by
increasing the productivity. In this view, shorter analysis times
and higher analytical information per unit of time along with
automated data processing are within the targets of modern
laboratories for saving money.
Finally, Ramesh Shah of FONA International noted the
importance of family owned businesses to prepare their structures and organizations for changing times. “It’s a learning curve
now. It’s going to take some time, but we’re moving in the right
direction,” he said.
Benoit Lemont (Biolandes), left, and Geemon Korah (Kancor).
Jordi Sort (Ventos), addresses delegates.
Focus on Innovation
“The world is changing fast—don’t blink or you’ll miss it,” said
R.N. Murthy of N.R. Group. “We have to work on institution-
alizing creativity and innovating across the entire value chain.
It is about establishing yourself as a valued supplier, capturing
and predicting market trends, identifying new roles and raw
materials. Speed is of the essence.”
“Innovation is the way forward,” Kedar Vaze of SH Kelkar
told this author. “The approach to the industry has changed in
the last few years; in 10 years it will be completely different.
The money is no longer in old, traditional markets such as the
United Kingdom, United States and Europe. Now it’s about
Asia, China and Russia. The trend is toward naturals on one
hand and better synthetic molecules on the other. Naturals are
defined by the climate and synthetics are defined by the cost.
In India, we have the technology and the low-cost overheads to
make this innovation happen.”
“There has been a lot of progress with synthetic raw materials,
and India is exporting quality products all over the world,” Achille
Rivielio of PFW said in conversation. “FAFAI overall is very well
organized and is on the right track for the industry. There is a
lot of optimism and potential and a lot of knowledge and know
how—everything is there and is coming together. In the coming
years, India is going to be a significant force.”
As delegates to the event used the days to network, attend
seminars and talk business at the stalls, it was agreed that FAFAI
had served its purpose well in the session.
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