International

  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • Kemira Produces Titanium Dioxide in GMP Plant

    December 9, 2005
    FINLAND: Kemira Pigments Oy has become the first producer to manufacture titanium dioxide in a GMP (Good Manufacturing Process) standard plant. Ten million dollars were invested in a new, state-of-the-art grinding and packaging unit at their factory…


  • Unimills Plant Launched in The Netherlands

    December 9, 2005
    THE NETHERLANDS: The new fractionation plant of Unimills B.V, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Golden Hope Plantations Bhd, was officially launched by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in May. This is the first fractionation plan…


  • Neelikon Partners with Spectra Colors

    December 9, 2005
    INDIA: Neelikon Food Dyes and Chemicals Ltd., Mumbai, India, has selected Spectra Colors Corp. of Kearny, NJ as exclusive distribution partner in the U.S. and Canada for Neelikon’s food, drug and cosmetic colors. Spectra Colors is a full servic…


  • Euromonitor Opens Office In Lithuania

    December 9, 2005
    LITHUANIA: Euromonitor International opened its first office in Eastern Europe. The new office, in Vilnius, Lithuania, will allow Euromonitor to respond immediately to the market analysis needs of Eastern European-based businesses. Euromonitor alrea…


  • Chinese Hair Care Report Now Available

    December 9, 2005
    CHINA: Research and Markets Ltd. has released Chinese Markets for Hair Care Products 2005. The new 212-page study examines China’s economic trends, investment environment, industry development, supply and demand, industry capacity, industry str…


  • Neolone Preservative Approved in Europe

    December 9, 2005
    EUROPE: Rohm and Haas Company announced that methylisothiazolinone, the key ingredient in its Neolone preservatives, has been approved by the European authorities. Methylisothiazolinone is approved for leave-on and rinse-off cosmetic applications at…


  • Banga Steps Down as HLL Chairman

    December 9, 2005
    INDIA: Manvinder Singh Vindi Banga resigned as chairman of Hindustan Lever after presiding over a large-scale restructuring that saw the company slash the number of brands and shed businesses to grow in a competitive market. Harish Manwani is the new…


  • Project Launched to Confuse Mosquitoes, Control Malaria

    December 9, 2005
    THE NETHERLANDS: A five-year, $8.5 million dollar research project, designed to substantially reduce the spread of malaria by redirecting mosquitoes with odor cues, is being undertaken by an international team of scientists including John Carls…


  • 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…