Industry News

  • Coty Inc. Creates New Global Business Unit: Coty Beauty

    April 11, 2007
    Coty Inc. created a new global business unit, Coty Beauty, which will combine the mass businesses of the Americas, Europe and Asia. Leveraging the combined power of the Coty Beauty portfolio, the newly created division will be led by Hans Joachim…


  • Univar Subsidiary Acquires Chemcentral Corporation

    April 11, 2007
    Univar N.V.’s U.S. subsidiary, Univar USA, has entered into an agreement to acquire Chemcentral Corp. The combined company, according to Univar, will broaden Chemcentral’s product lines, its product knowledge and expertise while deepening…


  • Charkit Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    March 6, 2007
    Charkit Chemical Corporation of Darien, CT is marking its 25th year of successful growth and strengthening its position as an important resource in the chemical industry. Through strategic domestic and worldwide supplier relationships, Charkit now…


  • Rhodia Completes Multi-Million Dollar Upgrade

    March 6, 2007
    Growing customer demand for enhanced personal care products has prompted a multi-million dollar manufacturing upgrade at a Chicago-area plant operated by specialty chemical producer Rhodia Inc. The project includes an upgraded reactor system (sul…


  • Extracts Draws Crowd, Names Best New Products

    March 6, 2007
    More than 5,000 buyers attended the 21st semi-annual edition of Extracts: New discoveries in beauty and wellness held in January at New York City’s Metropolitan Pavilion. During the Extracts show, Best New Product Award honors were presented in…


  • Scienceuticals Expands Charleston Area Operations

    February 16, 2007
    Scienceuticals, Inc. has expanded its Charleston area operations to a 54,000-square-foot facility in Dorchester County’s Eastport Industrial Park that will house the company’s research, development, manufacturing and distribution operatio…


  • VNU Changes Name to The Nielsen Company

    February 16, 2007
    VNU is changing its name to The Nielsen Company. Immediate steps to launch the new branding for the company include the introduction of a new corporate web site, www.nielsen.com and graphic identity. The new identity will be rolled out progressively…


  • Whole Foods Tests Spa In Grocery Store

    February 16, 2007
    While spas and grocery stores may seem like an unlikely pair, Whole Foods Market combined the two concepts and opened its first spa within a grocery store in December. Refresh – The Everyday Spa is 4,500 sq. ft. with a 1,200 sq. ft. shop of tre…


  • Lyondell Enters Marketing Alliance for Cooling Agents

    February 16, 2007
    Lyondell Chemical Company’s Millennium Specialty Chemicals business has entered into a marketing alliance with Salvona Technologies to promote the use of Millennium’s cooling agents with Salvona’s delivery systems. With this com…


  • VVF Enters Antiperspirant Market with Teo Acquisition

    February 16, 2007
    VVF Ltd., an Indian manufacturer of soaps, oleochemicals, personal and homecare products, has acquired the manufacturing plant site and assets of the former Teo Corp., which provides VVF with manufacturing capability for a range of underarm deodorant…


  • Degussa Pools Household Care Activities

    February 16, 2007
    Degussa’s Care & Surface Specialties Business Unit has pooled the activities of the Home Care and Textile Care product lines into a new Household Care Business Line, offering its customers more rapid and cost-efficient solutions. This pooli…


  • Langer Acquires Twincraft

    February 16, 2007
    Langer, Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Twincraft Inc., a leading private label manufacturer of specialty bar soap focused on the health and beauty, amenities, mass and direct marketing channels. Langer’s acquisition is a step…


  • Wellspring Capital Management Invests in Chemaid

    February 16, 2007
    Wellspring Capital Management, a leading private equity firm, has completed an equity recapitalization investment in Chemaid Laboratories, Inc., as part of a staged plan for chartered future growth, a transaction that will provide Chemaid Laboratorie…


  • Micro Powders Celebrates 35th-Year Anniversary

    February 16, 2007
    Micro Powders, Inc. (MPI), a leading manufacturer of high-performance wax additives, is celebrating its 35th year in business this year. MPI began operations in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1971, and then relocated to Scarsdale, N.Y. In 1989, the company moved…


  • Mintel and IRI Launch Product Development Tool

    February 16, 2007
    Market researcher Mintel has collaborated with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) to launch a unique tool that is positioned to reduce the cost of new product development, according to the companies. Mintel’s GNPD IRIS, a product that works in c…