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L'Oréal USA Establishes Clark, New Jersey, Research-Innovation Complex

Personal care product manufacturer L'Oréal USA opened a new, $140 million 250,000 square-foot Research & Innovation Center in Clark, New Jersey. The company is replacing its existing facilities that it has occupied in the area for more than six decades.

The new R&I Center, currently under construction and expected to be operational in 2024, will focus on beauty innovations across the spectrum of hair, skin, and makeup categories while pioneering research through strategic scientific fields such as Green Sciences and Beauty Tech.

"This historic investment in our new Research & Innovation Center is an important milestone for L'Oréal USA as we continue to put science at the heart of all that we do to serve our American consumers with more innovative, inclusive, and sustainable beauty products," says David Greenberg, President & CEO of L'Oréal USA. "New Jersey has served as our scientific hub here in the U.S. for over six decades, and we are excited to expand our footprint in the state and bring all our scientific teams together in a beautiful and modern new research facility."

The center will bring together more than 550 employees across all areas of the company's North America Research & Innovation Division, from Advanced Research to Evaluation and Product Development, under one roof.

"Our new campus will serve as the Research & Innovation epicenter for our North America scientific teams across product innovation, development, and testing," noted Sanford Browne, North America President of Research and Innovation at L'Oréal. "The U.S. is a unique market, and our strong presence in this highly collaborative environment will empower us to provide an even higher standard of quality, efficacy, and safety for our consumers. With cutting-edge science and technology, advanced digital tools and data, and a focus on green chemistry, we will continue to invent the future of beauty."

The site willhouse the capacity to scale formulations through a dedicated team, which will accelerate the creation and development of new products. The center will also be the home for external partnerships and scientific collaborations under L'Oréal's Open Innovation strategy.

"New Jersey is home to the largest concentration of scientists and engineers per square mile in the United States, which makes our state a prime location for businesses seeking top talent to help them remain on the cutting edge of innovation and development," added Phil Murphy, Governor of New Jersey. "This significant project represents L'Oréal's ongoing commitment to maintaining a presence in New Jersey, and I am thrilled their company has chosen to continue investing in the future of our state."

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