International

  • 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,…


  • 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…


  • Eastman Joint Venture Plant Begins Operations in China

    November 22, 2005
    CHINA: Eastman Chemical Company announced that Qilu Eastman Specialty Chemical Ltd. (QESCL) has begun operations in Zibo, Shandong Province, People’s Republic of China. QESCL is a joint venture between Sinopec Qilu Petrochemical Company and Eas…


  • CHI Holds Conference in Warsaw

    November 22, 2005
    WARSAW: More than 1,200 visitors attended the sixth Cosmetics & Household Ingredients Exhibition and Conference in November—the fourth time it has taken place in Warsaw. Exhibitors from nearly 20 countries participated in the event, which a…


  • Sanjiu and Kanebo Form Cosmetic Joint Venture

    November 22, 2005
    CHINA: Kanebo Cosmetics, Inc., a division of Japan’s Kanebo Ltd., and a unit of Sanjiu Enterprise Group, China’s largest drug maker, have joined forces to sell cosmetics in drug stores on the Chinese mainland. Kanebo Cosmetics will own…


  • Innovatti Opens Esters And Lubricants Plant

    November 22, 2005
    BRAZIL: Innovatti, a joint venture between Cargill’s Industrial Oils & Lubricants and Hatco Corporation (a unit of Kaufman Holdings), opened a new plant in Mairinque, São Paulo. The plant is producing three lines of vegetable oil- an…


  • Milliken Opens New Lab And Technical Center

    November 22, 2005
    SINGAPORE: Milliken Chemical, a division of Milliken & Company, opened a new plastics lab and technical center in Singapore, extending its technical development services for plastic additives globally. As Milliken’s first applications devel…


  • Henkel Spic India Merges With Henkel India Ltd.

    November 22, 2005
    INDIA: Henkel Spic India has merged with Henkel India Ltd (HIL). The move puts all manufacturing activities under the merged entity. The board of Henkel Spic India Ltd. also decided to route all marketing and distribution functions of the group&rsquo…


  • Rhodia Strengthens Its Presence in China

    November 22, 2005
    CHINA: Rhodia announced that it has taken full control of its Chinese subsidiary, Wuxi Specialty Chemicals Co. Ltd., buying back 30% participation of its partner, the Wuxi Chemical Industry Group (RWSC). RWSC is a producer of surfactants and specialt…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • 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…


  • Cosmetics Companies Take a Tip from Nature

    November 22, 2005
    JAPAN: Cosmetics companies here are increasingly incorporating plant extracts such as lavender and eucalyptus into their list of product ingredients. Cosmetics makers are targeting 20- to 30-year old women, trying to attract them by emphasizing the p…