The Company

More than 50 Years‘ Experience – Always with an Eye to the Future

For more than five decades, the Dr. Schrader institutes have been established in the cosmetics industry. They stand for quality, know-how and competence in research, development, testing and analysis of cosmetic raw materials as well as finished products worldwide. The foundation for the success story was laid by company founder Dr. Karlheinz Schrader in 1973 with the establishment of an independent consulting laboratory for the development of cosmetic products. Shortly thereafter, the research institute Creachem GmbH was founded, followed by an independent institute for skin physiological testing at the beginning of the 1980s. Finally, in the 1990s, the Ancopharm Institute for analytics completed the range of services.

In 2001, Dr. Andreas Schrader, the son of the company founder, took over the company. Today, the Institutes Dr. Schrader are a “global player” with the International GmbH, which was founded in 2004. Together with the Chinese joint venture partner CAIQ (Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine), the Institute Dr. Schrader has laboratories for testing cosmetics on skin and hair in the People’s Republic of China in Beijing.

The company’s total area in Holzminden with state-of-the-art laboratories and test rooms is around 5,000 square meters. Since 2017, another location in Kassel has supplemented the testing area.

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The five separate institutes are the mainstays of the company and guarantee the expertise and success of the Holzminden family enterprise. Now in the second generation, it offers comprehensive services for the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry, trade and the relevant independent consumer organizations:

Bundling of the expertise of these separate areas within one company offers important advantages and synergy effects that benefit customers of Institutes Dr. Schrader at all levels.

Institutes Dr. Schrader are involved in the establishment of global standards, and numerous technological developments from the company have been used worldwide for decades. Cross-border research projects and international collaborations with universities provide a fruitful basis for the work of the research department of Institutes Dr. Schrader. Over the past decades numerous scientific contributions to books, talks and papers have been published to demonstrate the Institutes’ capabilities in relevant professional circles.

"We offer comprehensive services for the retail, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries."

Customers value the interdisciplinary array of over 70 employees. Institutes Dr. Schrader employ a highly qualified staff drawn from such fields as chemistry, biochemistry, physics, biology, food chemistry, dermatology, medical technology and statistics in order to be able to meet very different customer requirements. The pool of several thousand selected test persons that Institutes Dr. Schrader has available at all times also contributes to this.

In the future, Institutes Dr. Schrader will continue to do everything to make the world’s latest technological findings in the field of research, development, testing and analysis available to their customers and in doing so make an important contribution to the well-being of consumers. The independence of the institutes will nevertheless remain with a clear-cut organizational structure the top priority of our company philosophy.

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