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  • Shell Chemicals Moves Toward Globalization

    Sometimes less is more. Nearly five years ago, Shell Chemicals, a conglomerate of more than 70 companies, developed a new operating model and has so far divested more than 40% of its assets, decreased its businesses by half and reduced its sites from…
    11.11.05

  • In the Bayou

    The Geismar, LA plant has been upgraded too. The plant is a leading producer of EO/glycols, ethoxylate surfactants, detergent alcohols and linear alcohols 9-11 (plasticizers) and 12-17 (light duty detergents and powders). The ingredients offer specia…
    11.11.05

  • Looking Toward the Future

    Shell Chemicals knows there is a lot of work left to be done to complete globalization by April, including common dialogue and definitions throughout the global entity. But executives are confident that Shell can become the leading global manufacture…
    11.11.05

  • Avon Selects Twincraft As Its Exclusive Supplier

    Avon Cosmetics chose Twincraft Soap Company, Winooski, VT, to be the exclusive supplier of its Skin So Soft line, Moisture Therapy, soap on a rope and novelty soaps. “We are delighted Avon chose Twincraft,” said Peter Asch, president…
    11.11.05

  • Helsinn Chemical and Cardinal Health Form Alliance

    Helsinn Chemical Operations, Biasca, Switzerland and the pharmaceutical technologies and services division of Cardinal Health Inc. announced a cooperative alliance. The venture is in the area of comprehensive drug substance/drug product research,…
    11.11.05

  • California Wildlife Center Pays Tribute to DeJoria

    The California Wildlife Center (CWC) will pay tribute this month to John Paul DeJoria, chief executive officer, John Paul Mitchell Systems. Mr. DeJoria will be honored at the CWC’s annual Wild Hearts gala and auction on Nov. 16 with the organ…
    11.11.05

  • Chemir/Polytech Changes Name

    Chemir/Polytech Laboratories, St. Louis, MO, has changed its name to Chemir Analytical Services. Executives said the new name reflects a sales growth of 300% since 1996, increased state-of-the-art instrumentation and an expanded team of Ph.D chem…
    11.11.05

  • Raani Corp. Expands Production Capacity

    Bedford Park, IL-based Raani Corp. has expanded its hot fill production capacity for personal care products. This constitutes the fourth major production expansion during the past three years, executives said. Dr. Eugene Frank, senior vice preside…
    11.11.05

  • Freedonia Group Predicts Enzyme Demand Will Increase

    U.S. demand for enzymes will increase 6.7% annually to $1.6 billion in 2006, according to Enzymes, a report by The Freedonia Group, Cleveland, OH. This growth will be fueled by the commercialization of novel, high-value enzymes designed for spec…
    11.11.05

  • Helen of Troy Acquires Six P&G Brands

    El Paso, TX-based Helen of Troy Ltd. signed a definitive agreement to acquire six personal care brand names from Procter & Gamble for an undisclosed sum. The acquired brands include Condition 3-in-1, Final Net, Vitalis and Ammens. According t…
    11.11.05

  • Fragrance Foundation and NY Times Publish Guide

    The Fragrance Foundation will partner with the New York Times once again to publish the bi-annual playbill-sized edition of The Fragrance Lover’s Guide. The Guide will be included in the Times’ Sunday magazine on Nov. 10 and will be devo…
    11.11.05

  • Degussa Reorganizes U.S. Distributor Network

    Degussa Corporation has reorganized the U.S. distribution network for its care specialties and industrial specialties business lines. The new organization will enable enhanced customer service and support for increasingly diverse customer needs,…
    11.11.05

  • Cognis Sports New Logo

    To reinforce its split from Henkel, Cognis has developed a new logo. The logo reflects its standing as a newcomer among the chemical giants, Cognis executives said. The “O” in the Cognis name integrates the shining blue iris of…
    11.11.05

  • Bayer and SC Johnson Sign Letter of Intent

    Bayer AG and SC Johnson signed a letter of intent last month regarding the sale of Bayer AG’s household insecticides business to SC Johnson. The sale should be completed by the end of this year, Bayer executives said in a statment. The sa…
    11.11.05

  • ICMAD Announces Young Designer Winners

    The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors Association (ICMAD) announced the three winners of the organization’s 2002 Young Designers competition. Winners were honored during an open board of directors meeting and dinner, which…
    11.11.05

  • Packaging Advantage Corp. Acquires Cygnus

    Packaging Advantage Corp. (PAC), Los Angeles, acquired Cygnus Corp., Chicago, in September. PAC president and chief executive officer John Phillipp said that the acquisition will greatly accelerate the company’s growth and provide diversific…
    11.11.05

  • HBA is Expanding

    CMP Princeton announced last month that HBA Global Expo will now be known as Health and Beauty America. The name change reflects the growing involvement of wellness and personal care in the beauty industry, according to CMP Princeton executives. T…
    11.11.05

  • Car-Freshner Corp. Scores Victory Over Counterfeit Product

    Car-Freshner Corp. scored a legal vic- tory last month when the Federal Court of the Eastern District of New York found that a competitor infrigned on the design and scent of the company’s Little Trees air freshener. A vanilla-scented, tre…
    11.11.05

  • Hill Top Research: Joel Ivers

    Hill Top Research: Joel Ivers has been promoted to vice president and general manager, North American health and personal care business unit. He will lead the unit’s team including operations, business development, marketing and technology. Dr.…
    11.11.05

  • BASF: Donald J. McGrath

    BASF: Donald J. McGrath has been appointed vice president of corporate communications, North America, re-sponsible for marketing services, advertising, employee communications and public, community and media relations. Mr. McGrath formerly served as…
    11.11.05