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Essity Invests in New R&D Center in France: Advancing Innovation in Tissue Hygiene Products

Essity, a leading hygiene and health company, has announced its investment in a cutting-edge global center for research and development in Alsace, France, dedicated to tissue hygiene products. The new facility is poised to cater to the evolving demands of branded tissue in both Consumer and Professional Hygiene markets.

With a commitment to sustainability and user-friendly products, Essity has been at the forefront of developing innovative methods. Its current R&D center in Kunheim, France, has been instrumental in filing 25 patents in recent years, introducing ground-breaking innovations such as Lotus Aqua Tube (flushable toilet roll core), Lotus and Okay Sans Tube (coreless toilet paper), Tork SmartOne (dispenses one sheet at a time), and paper hygiene products based on alternative fibers.

Magnus Groth, President, and CEO of Essity, highlighted the company’s dedication to reshaping paper making for a more sustainable and circular society, while enhancing people’s hygiene and health. He expressed excitement about the new global R&D center in France, which will facilitate the ongoing development of innovative paper hygiene products and solutions tailored to meet the needs and high expectations of customers and consumers.

The strategic location of the new R&D center near the existing facility ensures the retention of Essity’s more than 80 experts and engineers currently working there. Essity aims to create a larger, more efficient center equipped to tackle future challenges in the industry.

In addition to France, Essity operates R&D centers in Mexico, Sweden, Germany, and the USA, all overseen by the company’s global unit focusing on brands, innovation, and sustainability. In 2023 alone, Essity invested SEK 1.7 billion (approximately 1.2% of net sales) in research and development.

As the world’s largest supplier of hygiene solutions in Professional Hygiene with the globally leading Tork brand, Essity also holds the position of the world’s third-largest supplier of consumer tissue, primarily in Europe and Latin America. Brands like Lotus, Tempo, Zewa, Cushelle, Plenty, and retailer brands dominate the European market, while Regio and Familia are significant players in Latin America.

This investment signifies Essity’s commitment to advancing innovation in tissue hygiene products, driving sustainability, and meeting the evolving needs of consumers and businesses worldwide. With its continued focus on research and development, Essity is poised to lead the way in shaping the future of hygiene solutions.


Joan David-Leonhard

Joan David Leonhard is a recent Pharm.D graduate with a strong passion for the pharmaceutical industry and a particular interest in pharmaceutical media and communication. Her brief internship experience includes roles in pharmacy where she built strong patient-pharmacist relationships and a pharmaceutical media internship where she actively contributed to drug information articles, blog posts, social media engagement, and various media projects.
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