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Avon Officially Opens R&D Center in Shanghai, Its Largest Scientific Facility Outside the U.S.

Aug 3, 2011

SHANGHAI - August 3, 2011 - Today Avon Chairman and CEO Andrea Jung joined Xiaochun Luo, Avon’s Global Vice President of Research Development and Chief Scientific Officer, to introduce the company’s new state-of-the-art R&D Center in Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China.

“Avon’s new Shanghai R&D Center reflects our continued commitment to the China market, which remains a significant long-term growth opportunity for the company,” said Andrea Jung, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Avon Products, Inc. “Our expanded R&D presence in China brings us closer to consumers here, ensuring that we leverage our world-class scientific talent effectively to meet the needs of Chinese women.”

Located in Jinqiao, the 40,000 square-foot stand-alone building spans six floors and incorporates many green principles. The facility houses scientists in the areas of product development, safety and quality testing, microbiology, chemical engineering and consumer research. The new R&D Center will focus on developing beauty products, including skincare, personal care, color, and hair care products. 

Avon Chief Scientific Officer Luo said, “The Shanghai R&D center allows us to build on our legacy of offering Chinese women first-to-market breakthrough beauty technologies, including our highly successful ANEW anti-aging skincare line and Avon Color cosmetics. It’s also a critical tool in helping us build upon our innovation leadership position in China and across the region.” 

The Shanghai facility reports directly to Global R&D in Suffern New York, near New York City. Avon also has a regional research and development facility in Guangzhou, which will continue to focus on nutritional supplements.  Outside China, Avon has R&D centers in Argentina, Brazil, China, Mexico, Poland and South Africa.

Researchers at the Shanghai R&D center work closely with Avon’s regional brand marketing center, consumer research function and China’s marketing operations. The establishment of the Shanghai R&D Center will allow for the development of more specialized products for the Asian markets.

Avon’s First Green R&D Center
The Shanghai facility is Avon’s first R&D center built to green certification standards and is the newest building to be constructed under the company’s Green Building Promise, incorporating environmentally sound features that include:

  • High-efficiency water fixtures, which will reduce water consumption by 44%
  • Energy-efficient lighting systems 
  • Waste recycling 
  • An interior fit-out containing 31% recycled material
  • 87% of office equipment and appliances are Energy Star rated to reduce energy usage

Avon’s Green Building Promise is a global commitment to construct all major new Avon buildings according to stringent green standards, including local green building codes and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating SystemTM.
 

About Avon
Avon, the company for women, is a leading global beauty company, with over $10 billion in annual revenue.  As the world's largest direct seller, Avon markets to women in more than 100 countries through approximately 6.5 million active independent Avon Sales Representatives.  Avon's product line includes beauty products, as well as fashion and home products, and features such well-recognized brand names as Avon Color, ANEW, Skin-So-Soft, Advance Techniques, Avon Naturals, and mark.  Learn more about Avon and its products at www.avoncompany.com.

 
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