MONHEIM, Germany – Global specialty chemicals supplier Cognis has opened a branch office in Auckland, New Zealand, to manage the marketing and sales of its products in the country. The office will represent the interests of all three of Cognis’ strategic business units – Care Chemicals, Nutrition & Health, and Functional Products. It will be responsible for strengthening relationships with existing customers, identifying and initiating new business opportunities, and promoting the Cognis brand. A New Zealand Market Segment Manager has been appointed for each business unit: Peter Gibson for Care Chemicals, Vinod Sareen for Functional Products and Domnic Lobo for Nutrition & Health.