International


  • Kao Posts Pretax Profit Rise for 23rd Year

    JAPAN: Kao Corp. posted a 4% rise in consolidated pretax profit for the year ended March 31, setting a record profit for the 23rd year in a row, company executives announced. The $1.1 billion profit will allow Kao to increase its shareholders’…
    11.15.05

  • CHI Conference Is Set For November in Warsaw

    POLAND: Cosmetic and Household Ingredients (CHI) 2004 is set to take place Nov. 15-16 at the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, Poland. Visitors will meet with more than 110 suppliers representing more than 15 countries at the conference. Ses…
    11.15.05

  • Cognis Commissions New Plant

    SPAIN: Cognis Primary Delivery Systems commissioned a new plant in Castellbisbal at the end of 2003. Production now complies with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards, Cognis executives announced. Cognis has also expanded its Primacare standa…
    11.15.05

  • Takasago Expands Presence in Singapore

    SINGAPORE: Takasago announced the completion of a multi-million dollar expansion and improvement of its Singapore facilities. Singapore serves as the company’s regional headquarters for South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The investmen…
    11.15.05

  • New Ideas Run/Walk Raises Money for Cancer Charity

    ITALY: More than 130 attendees of In-Cosmetics in Milan in April, raised 3,500 euros ($4,166) during Uniqema’s fourth annual New Ideas 5K Run/Walk for Charity. The event, held in Sempione Park, supported women with breast cancer and the Look Go…
    11.15.05

  • P&G Buys China Joint Venture for $1.8 Billion

    CHINA: Procter & Gamble Co. bought the remaining 20% stake of its Chinese joint venture for $1.8 billion from partner Hutchison Whampoa China Ltd. When the joint venture was established in 1988, P&G had a 69% stake, which it expanded to 80% i…
    11.15.05

  • Cosmoprof Asia 2004 Set For Nov. 10-12 in Hong Kong

    HONG KONG: Cosmoprof Asia 2004 will be held at Hong Kong’s Convention & Exhibition Centre Nov. 10-12. Show organizer CMP Asia Ltd. said the international beauty showcase, conference and seminar program is larger than Cosmoprof Asia 2003. Ha…
    11.15.05

  • Koreas Cosmetic Exports See Fruits of Hard Work

    KOREA: Cosmetic exports in Korea exceeded $101 million in 2003, up 17.3% from 2002, according to the Korea Cosmetic Industry Association. Experts said the industry’s aggressive global marketing efforts have been fruitful. Fifty companies shippe…
    11.15.05

  • Induchem Buys Contract Manufacturer Temmentec

    SWITZERLAND: Induchem, Volketswil, has purchased all the shares of Sumiswald-based Temmentec AG, a major Swiss contract manufacturer. Executives said Induchem now offers a wider range of products and services, including raw materials and bulk and fin…
    11.15.05

  • Cosmoprof Bologna 2004 Had Record Attendence

    ITALY: The 37th edition of Cosmoprof Bologna, held in April, was visited by a record 137,000 attendees, 22% of whom were from foreign countries. Organizer SoGeCos s.p.a., Milan, plans to strategically add two new halls at Cosmoprof Bologna 2005. Cosm…
    11.15.05

  • Kicks Rolls Out Lip Plumper to All Stores

    SWEDEN: Cosmetics chain Kicks, in an agreement with City Lips Cosmetics and Ellance, will sell the popular City Lips lip-plumping treatments in all stores. The chain, with 65 stores, expects to grow to 95 stores in the next three to five years.…
    11.15.05

  • Shiseido Will Open 500 Chinese Stores by 2008

    CHINA: Japanese company Shiseido aims to open 500 stores in China by 2008. Chief executive Morio Ikeda said 300 stores will be open by the end of fiscal 2004. Shiseido’s sales in China total approximately $184 million.…
    11.15.05

  • Sheen Makes Hair Care Sales Shine

    JAPAN: Several hair care companies rolled out new sheen-enhancing products for women ages 20-30. FT Shiseido launched its Fino Premium Touch line of smoothing and moistening shampoos and conditioners with royal jelly. Kanebo Home Products introduced…
    11.15.05

  • Sheen Makes Hair Care Sales Shine

    JAPAN: Several hair care companies rolled out new sheen-enhancing products for women ages 20-30. FT Shiseido launched its Fino Premium Touch line of smoothing and moistening shampoos and conditioners with royal jelly. Kanebo Home Products introduced…
    11.15.05

  • Kos Examines Climates Effect on Skin

    CHINA: Kosé Corp., a Japanese cosmetics company, established a research and development unit in Shanghai this month to study variations in China’s climate and changes in skin conditions. Also, Kosé plans to build a warehouse in Ha…
    11.15.05

  • Henkel Reports Lower Detergent Sales in First Quarter

    GERMANY: Düsseldorf-based Henkel posted a disappointing 4.5% decline in profits in the first quarter of 2004 due to lower sales in the core home care division and costly product re-launches. Henkel, whose overall sales in the first quarter rose…
    11.15.05

  • Kao Posts 4.6% Profit Growth in 2003

    JAPAN: Kao Corp, Tokyo, reported its sixth straight year of record net profits, up 4.6% to $598 million, thanks to strong sales of new products, and forecast group net profit would rise 10% to 72 billion yen next year for the year ended March 31. Sol…
    11.15.05

  • Reckitt Benckisers Revenue Jumped 12% in First Quarter

    THE NETHERLANDS: Reckitt Benckiser N.V. reported net revenues jumped 12% due to new products such as Vanish Oxi Action stain remover in the first quarter and net profits increased more than 20%. The weak dollar had an adverse impact on net revenues i…
    11.15.05

  • Hindustan Lever Reorganizes

    INDIA: Hindustan Lever Ltd. has separated its business into two divisions, home and personal care, and foods. Executives said the new structure will simplify the organization and provide sharper focus on key brands and categories, as well as leverage…
    11.15.05

  • Wella and Gucci: Will the Marriage Continue?

    GERMANY: Industry insiders report that Gucci has found a loophole in its long-term fragrance agreement with Wella, which was not renewed before Nov. 30, 2001. Wella executives said the license is valid until Nov. 30, 2028. The agreement started in 19…
    11.15.05