Industry News

  • Solvay Increases Derivatized Guar Production

    March 14, 2013
    • Solvay will increase its global derivatized guar production by 40% with the completion of recent expansions in the US and China. Derivatized guar is a polymer produced from a bean grown mainly in India. Its inherent natural properties make it…


  • Biosil Technologies Appoints Distributor in Eastern Europe

    March 14, 2013
    • Biosil Technologies Inc. has appointed HSH Chemie GmbH as the exclusive distributor of Biosil’s line of specialty silicone complexes in Eastern Europe. This strategic partnership will broaden HSH Chemie’s specialty product portfoli…


  • BASF To Increase HDO Capacity

    March 14, 2013
    • BASF will increase its annual global capacity for manufacturing 1,6-hexanediol (HDO) by more than 20% to more than 50,000 tons a year by 2014. For this purpose, the company will further optimize its production processes, carry out various infr…


  • US Imposes Anti-Dumping Tariff for Xanthan Gum

    March 14, 2013
    • The US Department of Commerce (USDOC) has announced preliminary anti-dumping tariff margin rates against Chinese and Austrian xanthan gum exporters covering all xanthan gum imports into the US. The action followed the US International Trade Co…


  • Tune In: schülke Channel on YouTube

    March 14, 2013
    • schülke has launched an official international YouTube Channel, featuring all-new content from its offices worldwide. Visit schulke-us.com/PR0113 to view a brief history of the company that invented Lysol and many other unique preservativ…


  • Experts Refute Article On Cosmetic Preservatives

    March 14, 2013
    • Dr. Philip Geis and David C. Steinberg have penned a letter in response to an article published in the Anterior Eye and Contact Lens, which attributed acute eye discomfort/damage to cosmetics. The article in question is: “Transport and i…


  • Living Proof Co-Founder Honored by President Obama

    March 14, 2013
    • Living Proof co-founder and board member Robert Langer has received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony. Dr. Langer, a professor at MIT, has 811 patents, issued or pending, to…


  • Alchem Ups USP Benzethonium Chloride Production

    March 14, 2013
    • Alchem International has brought on new production capabilities for USP grade benzethonium chloride, an antimicrobial that has both germicidal and germistatic properties. According to Alchem, it now has the capacity to produce approximately 15…


  • Two New Laundry Standards from Green Seal

    March 14, 2013
    • Green Seal has published two new standards to address the life cycle impacts of laundry care products—GS-48, for household laundry care products, and GS-51, for laundry products used in institutional and industrial settings. To receive…


  • Pilot PurchasesMason Chemical

    February 12, 2013
    Pilot Chemical Company, Cincinnati, has acquired Mason Chemical Company, based in Arlington Heights, IL. Together the companies represent more than 100 years of successful family-based ownership and leadership as privately held businesses in the US,…


  • Croda International Buys Innovachem

    February 12, 2013
    Croda International Plc has acquired the assets of Innovachem, LLC of Cutchogue, NY. This acquisition adds Innovachem’s patented product portfolio to Croda’s range of ingredients for the personal care industry. “Innovachem offers e…


  • Seppic AcquiresBiotechMarine

    February 12, 2013
    Seppic, a subsidiary of Air Liquide, reinforced its activity in the healthcare specialty ingredients category with the acquisition of BiotechMarine. BiotechMarine is a leading player in the design and marketing of active ingredients for the global co…


  • Bell Earns SQF 2000 Level 3 Recertification

    February 12, 2013
    Bell Flavors & Fragrances has been recertified for Safe Quality Food (SQF) 2000 Level 3 for its manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters in Northbrook, IL. Bell maintained “Excellent” status by meeting a newly-revised standar…


  • Letters to the Editor

    February 12, 2013
      Editor: I am a consultant in cosmetics based in the UK. I have been consulting for the last 10 years since leaving Clairol and before that working for Unilever. One of my specialist areas is hair col…


  • The Wind Behind Windex

    February 12, 2013
      Blades have started spinning on two new wind turbines at SC Johnson’s Waxdale manufacturing facility, a site that produces Scrubbing Bubbles, Glade and Windex products. The wind turbines will produce about eight mil…