International


  • Schlecker Expands into Poland

    POLAND: German cosmetics chain Schlecker has opened several stores in Poland as part of an expansion plan. The company aims to open 1000 stores across Europe. Schlecker will look for 120-square meter minimum spaces in cities with more than 6000 resid…
    11.22.05

  • Lubrizol to Close UK Plant

    THE UK: The Lubrizol Corporation announced that it plans to close its Bromborough, England-based manufacturing facility. Lubrizol will begin to phase out production in the second quarter and should finish by late 2006. During this time UK production…
    11.22.05

  • Harmony Commodities Launches Herbline

    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Harmony Commodities LLC launched the first range of products in its Herbaline Essentials Ayurvedic skin care range. The 10 SKU line is available at www.ayurvedicare.net and in Dubai pharmacies, spas and salons. The products are…
    11.22.05

  • Singapore Love Potion Heads Overseas

    SINGAPORE: Romancing Singapore EDP has been used in a government-backed campaign to get citizens in the “mood for love” and boost the city-state’s declining birth rate, according to industry sources. Now it will be exported to Asia,…
    11.22.05

  • Rohm and Haas Preservative Approved In Japan and Europe

    JAPAN: The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), Pharmaceutical Affairs Bureau approved methylisothiazolinone, the key ingredient in Rohm and Haas Company’s Neolone preservative. The MHLW has added methylisothiazolinone…
    11.22.05

  • IFF Plans to Open New Plant in China

    CHINA: International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. announced plans for the construction of a new specialty ingredients (aroma chemical) manufacturing plant in China. The $29 million plant is expected to open in late 2006 and reach fully optimized op…
    11.22.05

  • P&G Opens Glycerin Plant in Malaysia

    MALAYSIA: Procter & Gamble Chemicals, Cincinnati, OH, announced start-up of the new glycerin refinery at its Malaysian joint venture with Felda Palm Industries Sdn. Bhd, called FPG Oleochemicals Sdn. Bhd. The new unit, which opened in November, w…
    11.22.05

  • Dow Corning Acquires Nippon Unicar Silicones Division

    JAPAN: Dow Corning life sciences executives are expecting that the recent acquisition of the Nippon Unicar Co., Ltd. (NUC) by Dow Corning’s joint venture in Japan, Dow Corning Tory Silicone Co., Ltd., will pave the way for a variety of innovati…
    11.22.05

  • Ciba Acquires Daihan Swiss of Korea

    KOREA: Ciba Specialty Chemicals announced the acquisition of the remaining 50% stake in Daihan Swiss Chemical Corporation in Korea for approximately $27 billion. The transaction gives Ciba 100% of the equity. Increasing the stake to 100% ownership a…
    11.22.05

  • Rhodia Strengthens Its Presence in China

    CHINA: Rhodia announced that it has taken full control of its Chinese subsidiary, Wuxi Specialty Chemicals Co. Ltd., buying back 30% participation of its partner, the Wuxi Chemical Industry Group (RWSC). RWSC is a producer of surfactants and specialt…
    11.22.05

  • Henkel Spic India Merges With Henkel India Ltd.

    INDIA: Henkel Spic India has merged with Henkel India Ltd (HIL). The move puts all manufacturing activities under the merged entity. The board of Henkel Spic India Ltd. also decided to route all marketing and distribution functions of the group&rsquo…
    11.22.05

  • Milliken Opens New Lab And Technical Center

    SINGAPORE: Milliken Chemical, a division of Milliken & Company, opened a new plastics lab and technical center in Singapore, extending its technical development services for plastic additives globally. As Milliken’s first applications devel…
    11.22.05

  • Innovatti Opens Esters And Lubricants Plant

    BRAZIL: Innovatti, a joint venture between Cargill’s Industrial Oils & Lubricants and Hatco Corporation (a unit of Kaufman Holdings), opened a new plant in Mairinque, São Paulo. The plant is producing three lines of vegetable oil- an…
    11.22.05

  • Sanjiu and Kanebo Form Cosmetic Joint Venture

    CHINA: Kanebo Cosmetics, Inc., a division of Japan’s Kanebo Ltd., and a unit of Sanjiu Enterprise Group, China’s largest drug maker, have joined forces to sell cosmetics in drug stores on the Chinese mainland. Kanebo Cosmetics will own…
    11.22.05

  • CHI Holds Conference in Warsaw

    WARSAW: More than 1,200 visitors attended the sixth Cosmetics & Household Ingredients Exhibition and Conference in November—the fourth time it has taken place in Warsaw. Exhibitors from nearly 20 countries participated in the event, which a…
    11.22.05

  • Eastman Joint Venture Plant Begins Operations in China

    CHINA: Eastman Chemical Company announced that Qilu Eastman Specialty Chemical Ltd. (QESCL) has begun operations in Zibo, Shandong Province, People’s Republic of China. QESCL is a joint venture between Sinopec Qilu Petrochemical Company and Eas…
    11.22.05

  • Cosmetic and Toiletry Sales Rise in Latin America

    Due to increasing investment from major direct sales companies, cosmetics and toiletries sales in Latin America have increased within the past year, with the region’s total market value rising 5.4% to $18.7 billion. However, regional growth i…
    11.22.05

  • P&G Plans New Plant in India

    INDIA: Procter & Gamble plans to build a manufacturing unit for shampoo in India as the domestic market has shown growth in terms of volume, according to a top company official at P&G. At present, the company imports the entire range of it…
    11.22.05

  • Cosmetics Companies Take a Tip from Nature

    JAPAN: Cosmetics companies here are increasingly incorporating plant extracts such as lavender and eucalyptus into their list of product ingredients. Cosmetics makers are targeting 20- to 30-year old women, trying to attract them by emphasizing the p…
    11.22.05

  • More Cosmetics Marketers Set Their Sights Overseas

    In an attempt to compensate for weak sales in their domestic regions, leading cosmetics and toiletry companies are turning their attention toward developing markets in Asia, Eastern Europe and South America in search of growth, according to the 2003…
    11.22.05