International


  • Lion Corp. Tries to Grab Lions Share

    JAPAN: Lion Corp., the No. 2 Japanese toiletry business, cut costs, shed unprofitable businesses, lowered prices and reformed distribution systems to gain $12.8 million in profits in 2002. Lion hopes to lower costs $92 million by 2005.…
    11.14.05

  • LOral Raises its Shu Uemura Stake

    JAPAN: L’Oréal became a majority shareholder in Shu Uermura Cosmetics Inc. by raising its stake in the company from 35% to 52.9%. L’Oréal’s subsidiary, Nihon L’Oréal KK, will control the majority sharehold…
    11.14.05

  • IFF Teamed with Young Belgian Designers

    BELGIUM: International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), New York, partnered with the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp on a modern fragrance design class and competition for final year students. The winners, Philipp Rupp and Anne Pastre, presented…
    11.14.05

  • Powder Laser Etching New from Swallowfield

    THE UK: Swallowfield plc, Somerset, purchased laser-etching machinery to decorate cosmetics with up to three colored spray coatings. More info: www.swallowfield.com.…
    11.14.05

  • LOral Canadas Sales

    L’Oréal Canada’s Sales CANADA: L’Oréal Canada said it has doubled its sales in Pharmaprix stores that have opened small, boutique-like stores within the drugstore chain. During the past year, sales of L’Or&eacut…
    11.14.05

  • SK-II Promotes in China

    l CHINA: Japanese cosmetic firm SK-II is promoting products in Beijing. The popular brand is established at more than 50 counters in department stores throughout the country.…
    11.14.05

  • Water Saturates Cosmetics Market

    JAPAN: Drugstores and other retailers are currently pitching cosmetics with special water, such as Sumisho Drugstores’ facial lotion with ionized water, Biew’s 2H2O lotion, Dr. Mineral’s Nanonmineral 71 mist lotion, Pierre Fabre Jap…
    11.14.05

  • Shiseido Expands Store Network in China

    l CHINA: Japan-based Shiseido plans to create an extensive contract-based network of cosmetic shops in China, about 5000 stores within five years. Most will be located in coastal cities. Shiseido hopes to boost sales from $179 million to $899 million…
    11.14.05

  • Body Shop Profit Surges in Foreign Markets

    THE UK: Body Shop International reported a 140% surge in profits to $16.9 million for the half-year ended Aug. 30. The company cited strong contributions from its Americas region. However, retail sales were down 8% in the UK and Ireland.…
    11.14.05

  • Kanebo Forms JV with Kao

    l JAPAN: Debt-ridden Kanebo Ltd. will create a joint venture with its core cosmetics operations and Kao Corp. by March 2004, and Kao plans to bring the operations to the company by March of 2007. The companies’ business units will be reorganize…
    11.14.05

  • Clariant Masterbatches Opens Beijing Plant

    CHINA: Clariant Masterbatches, Muttenz, Switzerland, has opened its third production site in China, located in Beijing. The new 2,700 square foot facility will provide color and additive masterbatches for local and international customers in northern…
    11.14.05

  • Nivea Celebrates Fifth Anniversary in Middle East

    l MIDDLE EAST: Beiersdorf’s Nivea Beauté division celebrated its fifth year in The Middle East, with sales up 20%. Saudi Arabia is said to be one of Beiersdorf’s most important markets, with steadily increasing market share, backed…
    11.14.05

  • Colgate-Palmolive Expands Production in China

    CHINA: Colgate-Palmolive Co. plans to expand its production base in China to cement its position as the largest toothpaste supplier. Colgate currently holds a 20% market share in China. Colgate has invested $110 million in China, establishing a joint…
    11.14.05

  • Skinvisible Widens Distribution Network

    AMERICAS: Skinvisible Pharmaceuticals, a division of Skin-visible Inc., Las Vegas, has signed a $1 million agreement with Health First Distributors North America, Canada, to market and distribute the company’s…
    11.14.05

  • Attendees Run with a New

    l ITALY: For the fourth consecutive year, Uni-qema will host the New Ideas 5K run/walk for charity during the In-Cosmetics exhibition in Milan. The 5K run/2.5K walk will take place on the morning of April 28, 2004. Uniqema has pledged a donation of &…
    11.14.05

  • Qilu Eastman Begins Construction

    CHINA: Qilu Eastman Specialty Chemical Ltd. (QESCL), a joint venture between Sinopec Qilu Petrochemical Company and Eastman Chemical Ltd., began construction of a world-scale plant in Zibo to produce Texanol ester alcohol and TXIB plasticizer. The p…
    11.14.05

  • Tchibo and City of Hamburg

    GERMANY: Tchibo Holding AG has teamed with the city of Hamburg to try to gain control of Beiersdorf AG, pre-empting a potential bid for Procter & Gamble, industry sources said. Tchibo, which owns 30.1% of Beiersdorf, and the city jointly offered…
    11.14.05

  • Older Consumers Are an Untapped Market

    UNITED KINGDOM: With an aging population, the UK is a disadvantage for a market in which young people are the heaviest consumers. But that may be changing as today’s older consumers are taking a greater interest in personal appearance tha…
    11.14.05

  • Procter & Gamble Chemicals

    MALAYSIA: Procter & Gamble Chemicals’ Malaysian joint venture, FPG Oleochemicals, will construct a 35,000-ton glycerin refinery in Kuantan. The company anticipates a late 2004 startup. “This facility is an important investment for F…
    11.14.05

  • DETERGENT COMPANY DEKA

    ● ALBANIA: DEKA’s new detergent plant in Tirana is scheduled for startup in the second half of 2004. With a total investment of approximately $15 million, the facility will include a detergent powder plant with production capacity of…
    11.14.05