International


  • 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

  • Colgate-Palmolive Seeks Oral Care Acquisitions

    CHINA: Reports suggest Colgate-Palmolive is looking for potential mergers and acquisitions in the country to diversify its low-end personal product lineup. Colgate currently dominates China’s mid-range and high-end markets and wants to purchase…
    11.15.05

  • PCIE Show Set To Grace Paris in 2005

    FRANCE: Personal Care Ingredients Europe (PCIE), organized by Step Exhibitions and Verlag für chemische Industries, will take place April 12-14, 2005, at Porte de Versailles in Paris. The biannual exhibition offers extended space for cosmetic ch…
    11.15.05

  • Takasago Earns Nikkei PRISM Award

    JAPAN: Takasago’s U.S. subsidiary, Takasago International Corp., ranked No. 2 in research and development out of 300 Japanese firms by Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei), publisher of the largest economic daily newspaper in Japan. The Nikkei PRISM (…
    11.15.05

  • Beauty International Has 50,000 Visitors

    GERMANY: Beauty International was held in Düsseldorf in March. Organizer Messe Düsseldorf North America said more than 50,000 international visitors attended the show, which focused on trends and innovations in the cosmetics service industr…
    11.15.05

  • Malpractice Suits Spur Possible Cosmetic Regulations

    CHINA: The Ministry of Commerce has drafted a regulation for comment to determine the malpractice status of the cosmetology and hairdressing sector. The agency said the cosmetic surgery industry is beset by complaints. Some blame the lack of an organ…
    11.15.05

  • Ballestra Builds Fatty Acid Plants in China, Malaysia

    CHINA: Italy-based Ballestra Group’s CMB division is building a 350 TPD fatty acids plant in Zhangijagang, China, to produce 1000 tons a day of fractionated fatty acids, soap chips and glycerine. CMB is also building a 700 TPD fatty acids plant…
    11.15.05

  • Kanebo and Kao are a No-Go

    JAPAN: Now that the proposed sale of its cosmetics division to Kao is kaput, Kanebo has received at least $4.7 million in assistance from the Industrial Revitalization Corp. of Japan (IRCJ) to restructure operations and bolster its sundries, health c…
    11.15.05

  • Shiseido and Coca-Cola Develop Slimming Drink

    JAPAN: Shiseido has teamed up with Coca-Cola Japan to launch a drink flavored with fragrances thought to activate the fat-burning process. The companies said last year that they were to collaborate on a range of products to target the body-conscious…
    11.15.05

  • Winnipeg Residents Have Flakiest Scalps

    CANADA: Thirty-three percent of people in Winnipeg have dandruff, compared to 20% in North America, Europe and Asia, according to a study by Hill Top Research. The city’s low dew point is to blame.…
    11.15.05

  • Gillette Invests $147 Million in Polish Plant

    POLAND: The Gillette Company will invest $147 million to build a new razor factory in Lodz by 2007. The plant will produce, package and export disposable razors and shaving products to Russia and Western Europe. Boston-based Gillette will also move 7…
    11.15.05

  • Avon Holds 95% Stake in China JV

    CHINA: New York-based Avon Products Inc. has purchased a 20% stake from Chinese partner Masson Group Co. Ltd., raising its total stake in Avon Products (China) Co. Ltd. to 95%. The $50 million deal ends a 14-year relationship between the Avon and Mas…
    11.15.05

  • Horizontal Driers, Compact De-Humidifiers Dry Up the Competition

    JAPAN: Several improved compact de-humidifiers have hit the marketplace: Mitsubishi Electric’s MJ-100VX with antioxidants to prevent fabric yellowing; Toshiba Home Technology’s RAD-63DYX and RAD-80DYX with hydrolytic enzymes to remove air…
    11.15.05