International

  • Arch Chemicals Opens New Facility

    November 22, 2005
    CHINA: Arch Chemicals, Inc. opened a facility in Suzhou, China, that will supply Biodynes specialty tissue respiratory factor (TRF) skin care ingredients for use by cosmetics companies in Asia. “We opened our new personal care production faci…


  • Price Cuts Lift P&Gs Market Share

    November 22, 2005
    INDIA: Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) price cut strategy in India resulted in a jump in market shares in both detergents and shampoos, according to company executives. The company recorded a 45% growth in shampoos, with its value market share…


  • Losses Force Unilever Out of Ethiopia

    November 22, 2005
    ETHIOPIA: Unilever announced that it is closing its Ethiopian office due to losses the company has incurred in the past four years. Although Unilever opened its Ethiopian office four years ago in a joint venture arrangement with local trading house A…


  • Hindustan Battles P&G In Laundry Bar Segment

    November 22, 2005
    INDIA: Hindustan Lever (HLL) plans to launch the Surf Excel detergent bar to take on rival P&G’s Tide bar launch. Leading brands in the Indian detergent bar market include Rin, Wheel, Nirma and Ghadi. Hindustan Lever’s Rin Shakti and…


  • Beauty Direct Moves Into New Zealand

    November 22, 2005
    NEW ZEALAND: Internet retailer Beauty Direct announced plans to establish New Zealand’s first listed pharmacy group. The company will pay up to $38.4 million to acquire a 49% stake in 17 Liphe Pharmacy stores and a Unichem store. Collectively,…


  • McIntyre Group Gives Seminar in Thailand

    November 22, 2005
    McIntyre Group Ltd. gave a one-day seminar to the Cosmetic Chemists of Thailand in Bangkok last October. The seminar was held at the Conrad Hotel. Shown: seminar attendees and McIntyre Group employees.…


  • Schlecker Expands into Poland

    November 22, 2005
    POLAND: German cosmetics chain Schlecker has opened several stores in Poland as part of an expansion plan. The company aims to open 1000 stores across Europe. Schlecker will look for 120-square meter minimum spaces in cities with more than 6000 resid…


  • Lubrizol to Close UK Plant

    November 22, 2005
    THE UK: The Lubrizol Corporation announced that it plans to close its Bromborough, England-based manufacturing facility. Lubrizol will begin to phase out production in the second quarter and should finish by late 2006. During this time UK production…


  • Harmony Commodities Launches Herbline

    November 22, 2005
    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Harmony Commodities LLC launched the first range of products in its Herbaline Essentials Ayurvedic skin care range. The 10 SKU line is available at www.ayurvedicare.net and in Dubai pharmacies, spas and salons. The products are…


  • Singapore Love Potion Heads Overseas

    November 22, 2005
    SINGAPORE: Romancing Singapore EDP has been used in a government-backed campaign to get citizens in the “mood for love” and boost the city-state’s declining birth rate, according to industry sources. Now it will be exported to Asia,…


  • Rohm and Haas Preservative Approved In Japan and Europe

    November 22, 2005
    JAPAN: The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), Pharmaceutical Affairs Bureau approved methylisothiazolinone, the key ingredient in Rohm and Haas Company’s Neolone preservative. The MHLW has added methylisothiazolinone…


  • IFF Plans to Open New Plant in China

    November 22, 2005
    CHINA: International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. announced plans for the construction of a new specialty ingredients (aroma chemical) manufacturing plant in China. The $29 million plant is expected to open in late 2006 and reach fully optimized op…


  • P&G Opens Glycerin Plant in Malaysia

    November 22, 2005
    MALAYSIA: Procter & Gamble Chemicals, Cincinnati, OH, announced start-up of the new glycerin refinery at its Malaysian joint venture with Felda Palm Industries Sdn. Bhd, called FPG Oleochemicals Sdn. Bhd. The new unit, which opened in November, w…


  • Dow Corning Acquires Nippon Unicar Silicones Division

    November 22, 2005
    JAPAN: Dow Corning life sciences executives are expecting that the recent acquisition of the Nippon Unicar Co., Ltd. (NUC) by Dow Corning’s joint venture in Japan, Dow Corning Tory Silicone Co., Ltd., will pave the way for a variety of innovati…


  • Ciba Acquires Daihan Swiss of Korea

    November 22, 2005
    KOREA: Ciba Specialty Chemicals announced the acquisition of the remaining 50% stake in Daihan Swiss Chemical Corporation in Korea for approximately $27 billion. The transaction gives Ciba 100% of the equity. Increasing the stake to 100% ownership a…