Henkel has increased the square footage of its planned US headquarters in order to accommodate an R&D facility, according to a report published by Stamford Advocate.

The German FMCG manufacturer was due to take 135,000 square feet at the BLT Financial Center, 200 Elm St but has now signed up for an additional 155,000 square feet.

“As research activities are conducted in partnership with business functions like marketing and supply chain, we feel it is ideal to have our beauty care research and development in the same site. This enables close collaboration and exchange of ideas with colleagues,” said Henkel in a statement.  

The R&D center will comprise a development laboratory for both formulations and packaging, a clinical testing facility as well as a hair learning salon. Henkel is due to initiative its move to 200 Elm St in the second quarter of the year.