International

  • Over 3,000 Visit the @nd SEPAWA Congress

    January 10, 2006
    Over 3,000 Visit the 2nd SEPAWA Congress l GERMANY: The 52nd SEPAWA Congress, in conjunction with the first European Detergents Conference and the Society of German Chemists (GDCh) was held October 12-14 in the Würzburg Congress Center, Wü…


  • Shiseido Expands

    January 10, 2006
    l BEIJING: Shiseido has expanded its Beijing-based research center as part of an extensive upgrade. Improvements include the construction of a 32,345-square-foot building at the three-year-old facility. By relocating the Shiseido China Research Cent…


  • Vasishti To Merge with Hindustan Lever

    December 9, 2005
    INDIA: Hindustan Lever Ltd. (HLL) is set to merge with Vasishti Detergents (VDL). VDL manufactures soaps and detergents from its plant at Ratnagiri. It has no brands or distribution set-up of its own and supplies its entire output to HLL through a pr…


  • Bidco Begins Exporting to Rwanda, Congo

    December 9, 2005
    UGANDA: Bidco Oil Refineries, manufacturer of vegetable oils, fats, margarine, soaps and protein concentrates, has started full-scale production in Uganda following the completion of their plant at Masese, Jinja. “The plant is ready and in pr…


  • Shiseido To Drop Bid for Kanebo

    December 9, 2005
    TOKYO: Shiseido Co., one of Japan’s largest cosmetics maker, has decided to withdraw from a series of tenders for Kanebo Ltd. and Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. to be held shortly by the state-backed Industrial Revitalization Corp. of Japan, company sou…


  • Soliance Acquires Naturactiva

    December 9, 2005
    FRANCE: Soliance has purchased Naturactiva, whose product range of active ingredients and vegetable derived specialty ingredients will be transferred to the Soliance portfolio. Dr Laurent Sousselier, Naturactiva’s founder, is joining the Solian…


  • Kiehls Opens New Store in Hong Kong

    December 9, 2005
    HONG KONG: Kiehl’s, a unit of L’Oréal, has opened a 1,300-plus square foot store at Festival Walk mall. The freestanding shop is situated in a former exhibition space and is encased in glass with views of the Hong Kong hillsi…


  • Nalco Appoints New Product Distributor in Africa

    December 9, 2005
    AFRICA: Nalco Company announced its partnership with Akulu Marchon to expand its sales and service in the African personal care market. With operations based in Bryanston, Johannesburg, Akulu Marchon will distribute several Nalco personal care and ho…


  • Lonzagard Gets European Regulatory Approval

    December 9, 2005
    EUROPE: Lonza has received regulatory approval for one of its antimicrobial products, Lonzagard benzethonium chloride, as a cosmetic preservative for leave-on personal care products. Benzethonium chloride was previously approved for rinse-off produc…


  • Playtex To Close Canadian Packaging Plant

    December 9, 2005
    CANADA: Playtex Products Inc. said it plans to shut down a Canada-based packaging plant by the first quarter of 2006 and shift glove production to Malaysia. About 85 employees will be affected by the plant closure and realignment, Playtex said. The…


  • Beauty Bars All the Rage in Paris

    December 9, 2005
    PARIS: Shu Uemera and Frederic Fekkai have recently opened on-the-go service stations offering quick-fix treatments and advice in Paris. Retailers believe the concept provides added customer appeal. “It’s a real trend,” declared S…


  • Rohm and Haas Breaks Ground for Chinese R&D

    December 9, 2005
    SHANGHAI: Rohm and Haas Company broke ground for its new China Research and Development Center in Shanghai in June. Located on 33,000 square meters (over eight acres) in the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, Pudong New Area, the facility will serve as the co…


  • Gillette Campaign Achieves Results in the Middle East

    December 9, 2005
    DUBAI: Gillette Middle East and Africa reported that its “Bend it Like Beckham” consumer campaign has achieved impressive business results for Gillette and partners in the region. The “consumer retention rate” (the ratio of p…


  • Beiersdorf To Take Control of Nivea in India

    December 9, 2005
    INDIA: German parent Beiersdorf is taking control of its Nivea brand in India, discontinuing its 40-year brand licensing agreement with JL Morrison (JLM). Starting in January 2006, JLM will only contract manufacture and distribute Nivea. Beiersdorf…


  • Body Shop To Open in Moscow

    December 9, 2005
    RUSSIA: Skin-care giant The Body Shop is planning to open its first Russian store by the end of the year, the company said. Riding the wave of three years of strong consumer sector growth, the British retailer is set to move into the lucrative marke…