R&D has played a key role in the Croda success story since the company pioneered the use of lanolin based rust preventives in the 1930s. Innovation has always been at the heart of this research, whether creating new products for existing markets, or new markets for existing products.
Since the 1980s, a key area of research has been lipid technology, in particular the dietary management of certain diseases using lipids. For example, a recent trial focusing on women demonstrated the cardioprotective benefits of Croda’s high purity combined Omega 3/Omega 6 concentrates. Such research has stimulated strong global demand for our marine and plant lipid concentrates.
A global Enterprise Technology function has been created specifically to develop and acquire new technologies which are consistent with sustainable development. This has resulted in a number of academic and commercial partnerships with recognised experts in ‘green chemistry’ and biotechnology.
Other areas of research include new natural based specialities for skin and hair care, sun care, and for many industrial applications such as crop care, home care, lubricants, polymers and coatings.