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Technology innovation for antiperspirant/deodorant or body care sprays


Demanda Tecnológica
A Belgian multinational active in consumer goods looks for antiperspirant/deodorant or body care sprays solutions improving the consumer´s product experience while coping with strict safety and environmental regulations. Technical collaboration or license agreements are sought with industry or R-Y-D centres.


Technology innovation for antiperspirant/deodorant or body care sprays
A Belgian multinational active in consumer goods looks for antiperspirant/deodorant or body care sprays solutions improving the consumer´s product experience while coping with strict safety and environmental regulations. Technical collaboration or license agreements are sought with industry or R-Y-D centres.
A Belgian multinational based in Brussels and active in consumer goods wishes to improve its portfolio of body sprays with products which better tackle and comply with the evolving safety and environmental landscape. These latter have regulations driving up the cost of packaging, filling/packing, transportation and storage of propellants.
The consumer landscape is also evolving, with more consumers seeking solutions that are perceived as safer (e.g. aluminum-free) and more environmentally-responsible (e.g. non-aerosol products).

Underarm and body sprays are a growing form across the globe, and particularly in North America where it has grown ~30% over the past 3 years.

Sprays offer a unique "non-contact" application and skin feel experience that some consumers prefer.

They also offer the delivery of ingredients to wider surface areas (e.g. delivery of fragrance via body sprays). Traditionally sprays have used hydrocarbon-based propellants for ideal spray performance and pressure generated by propellant enables break-up of liquid formulation (often dispersed with powders/clays) into a fine, sprayable mist.

But due to the above-mentioned market and consumer evolution, these new constraints bring difficult technical challenges and/or trade-offs to resolve. For example:
· Antiperspirancy/wetness-reduction without aluminum-based actives
· Dry-feel application aesthetics from a non-propellant delivery mechanism
· Dosing/control challenges (especially with pump sprays or non-hydrocarbon propellants)

With the aim of complying with regulations and expectation, this company is looking for antiperspirant/deodorant spray innovation that overcome the different constraints.

And this through partnerships in the form of technical cooperation or license agreements as detailed in the "Partner sought" section.

Technical Specification or Expertise Sought:
The company is looking for:

An antiperspirant/deodorant spray innovation (ideally non-hydrocarbon propellent) to improve the superiority and consumer delight of its sprays line-up across the globe (specific focus on North America market/compliance).

The company is interested in both:

- Package - to provide functional performance enablement of product performance breakthroughs
- Formula - irresistible consumer experience/delight, noticeable performance superiority, "no-no" ingredients (aluminum, VOCs - Volatile Organic Compounds) /CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons), etc.) innovation,
- and ideally complete product/package and manufacturing solutions (via contract manufacturer) that can be launched into the market in the next 12-24 months.

The ideal product innovation/solution would provide a point of differentiation and/or competitive advantage vs. currently marketed products.

Possible points of difference could be one or more of the below:
· Non-aerosol / Hydrocarbon-Free or Propellant-free (e.g. compressed gas, Nitrogen, pump spray)
· New delivery mechanisms
· Sustainable Solutions (e.g. refillable)
· Customization (e.g. adjustable scent/ingredient level)
· Total body dry sprays and/or deodorant sprays (benefits or body areas outside the underarm)
· aluminum-free with consumer-perceived wetness/odor protection
· aluminum-based antiperspirant sprays that resolve known tradeoffs

The ideal proposal would also be:
· Compliant with current and anticipated US (all States) and Canada regulations through 2030 (specifically CARB (California Air Resources Board), including e-commerce). Regional solutions also desired (compliant in most/all global markets).
· holistically designed: product, package -Y- manufacturing solution
· Attractive business/cost proposition: material, capital -Y- manufacturing costs/investments that enable long-term profitability.

The company is NOT interested in:
· Industry-standard, commodity or common in-market solutions (products that do not resolve major tradeoffs of non-aerosol and/or aluminum,-free products today). New raw materials or active ingredients only
· Premium/expensive powered/electrical products
· Ideas/solutions with significant remaining invention, development or lead time to commercialization
- Products that include:
Alkylphenols and alkylphenol ethoxylates
Bisphenol A (not in formulas)
Heavy metals: Arsenic, Lead, Chromium VI, Mercury, Cadmium, Nickel
Organotins (TBT, DBT, MBT, DOT)
PVC (not in formulas)
PAHs (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons)
PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls)

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Type of Partner sought: SMEs, industry or research center

Area of expertise : antiperspirant/deodorant or Body Care Sprays

Role of Partner Sought: depending on the product/solution state-of-the-art, collaborate with this large account for technical collaboration or provide the technical solution sought under licence agreeement.

More in particular:

the company is looking for collaboration with industrial partners or research centres able to provide products or innovative technologies able to tackle the technical challenges and/or solve the trade-offs.

Actually, for the technical cooperation, this large account intends to work together with potential partners having the suitable solution coupled to the related knowledge in the specific domain.
The purpose would be setting up a long lasting cooperation allowing this large account, to comply with its own internal strategy while for the potential partner the fact of interacting in a systematic way with the large account so as to have immediate access to forthcoming similar requests.

As for the licence agreement, should an already developed solution exist and be fully compliant with the technical requirements listed, the large account would envisage discussions on the terms of the licence use.


Type and Size of Client:
Industry >500 MNE
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
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