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Elementis invests 3 million € and creates 100 jobs in Porto

Quality of the talent, a business environment that is beneficial to Elementis' objectives and the existing infrastructure, were the reasons that led the company to choose the city of Porto.

Elementis invests 3 million € and creates 100 jobs in Porto
eco · 29 Nov 2023

Elementis, a company operating in the chemical sector, will invest three million euros in the country's first global center of excellence and research and development (R&D) laboratory, which will open in the first half of 2024 in Porto. The company will create 100 jobs by the end of 2024 in this space which will serve as a showcase for clients from all over Europe. They also have plans to invest six million euros a year in people, facilities and laboratories.

The UK-based company, with operations all over the world, has already opened 40 vacancies in Porto in the areas of human resources, finance, information technology, legal, commercial, purchasing and research and development. "The employees based in Porto will collaborate with Elementis teams located in Europe and on the American continent, but some of the functions will have a global scope," the company said in a statement.

The new centre in Porto will support both Elementis' business segments - personal care and performance specialties - while also reinforcing the current research and development capacity of the company's laboratories in Asia and the Americas. The company operates in the personal care sector, namely cosmetic actives and antiperspirants.

The reasons for choosing Porto were the quality of the talent available, the business environment beneficial to Elementis' objectives and the city's existing infrastructure. As well as the opportunity to collaborate with the Portuguese Catholic University, through the Center for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF) of the School of Biotechnology. The company also identifies as an advantage, "Portugal's time zone, which is ideal for meeting the needs of customers and the company's other locations on the American continent and in Europe".

"Elementis Porto will have an open and inspiring space for our employees and customers to collaborate on practical demonstrations, presentations and training. We have ambitious plans to launch more than 50 new products by 2026, and this new location will have a crucial role in realizing those plans," said Paul Waterman, CEO of Elementis.

With around 1,300 employees in 23 locations around the world, Elementis "creates high-value specialty additives that improve the performance of customers' products". It provides solutions to customers in a wide range of markets, including cosmetics, antiperspirants, decorative and industrial coatings, automotive and ceramics.

Learn more about the company here and see the job opportunities in Elementis here.