International


  • Galderma Opens International Research Facility

    FRANCE: Galderma R&D, the global research and development arm of Galderma Laboratories, Sophia-Antipolis, is constructing a new research center. The facility, named “Funel,” will incorporate dramatically different architecture to pro…
    11.14.05

  • Gillette Will Close Two UK Facilities

    THE UNITED KINGDOM: Gillette Co. executives said the company will close two UK-based blade and razor facilities during the next three years and will move production to a new plant to cut costs. A packaging and distribution center in Hemel Hempstead w…
    11.14.05

  • Cetiol CC Team Wins Cognis Innovation Award

    GERMANY: Cognis, Dusseldorf, issued its Bronze Innovation award to the project team responsible for developing Cetiol CC. Cetiol CC is an emollient suitable for facial and body care, hair and skin cleansers, deodorants, makeup, sun protection product…
    11.14.05

  • Oriflame Begins Production at New Facility

    SWEDEN: Oriflame Shampoo Dry to Normal Hair is among the first products to roll off the assembly line at Oriflame’s plant in Nordium. The company acquired the facility last June. The shampoo contains a touch of vanilla and is part of a line of…
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  • Henkel Modernizes and Expands Plants

    POLAND: German company Henkel announced plans to invest more than $7 million this year to modernize and expand its production lines in five Polish plants.…
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  • Shiseido Looks for Growth Overseas

    JAPAN: Shiseido will rely on global business, with an emphasis on China, as its next growth engine, according to Morio Ikeda, president and chief executive officer. According to Mr. Ikeda, the company plans to generate 40% of its global sales from ov…
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  • China Is Worlds Eighth Largest Cosmetics Market

    CHINA: With disposable incomes on the rise, China is the world’s eighth largest and Asia’s second largest cosmetics market, according to the China Association of Fragrance, Flavor and Cosmetics Industry. More than $5.5 billion worth of be…
    11.14.05

  • Newly Designed Toothbrush Debuts in Aeon Stores

    JAPAN: The Curvex toothbrush, introduced in Tokyo’s Aeon superstores by San Francisco-based Ergonomic Dental Technologies, features a convex head and tapered bristles designed to better contact the front and back of teeth.…
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  • Kemin Wins Frost & Sullivan Award

    THE UK: Kemin Foods, Des Moines, IA, was honored by Frost & Sullivan with the 2003 Frost & Sullivan Brand Awareness Development award for its promotion of FloraGlo lutein in the European cartenoid market through its lutein information website…
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  • Cargill and Hatco Form JV

    BRAZIL: Cargill Agricola, SA, Mairinique, formed a joint venture with Kaufman Holdings, Innovatti-Industria e Comercio de Esteres Sinteticos, Ltda. It will serve the high performance esters and lubricants market of Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Venezu…
    11.14.05

  • 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.…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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.…
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  • 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…
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  • 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.…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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.…
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  • 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…
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