International


  • Kao To Acquire Kanebos Cosmetics Operations

    JAPAN: Kao Corp. is in the final stage of negotiations to purchase the cosmetics operations of Kanebo Ltd. The acquisition is expected to exceed $3.8 billion. Under the proposed agreement, Kanebo will sell the operations to a new company to be set u…
    11.15.05

  • Chanel Opens Boutique in London

    THE UK: Chanel opened its first global boutique last month in Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge. The brand’s complete collection is available for the first time at the Chanel Colour Studio, stocking products that until now were exclusive to Asia, A…
    11.15.05

  • New Purac Office Serves Korean Market

    SOUTH KOREA: Purac opened a local office in Seoul as part of the company’s strategy to enhance its relations with its Korean business partners, executives said. Purac Korea began operations Sept. 1, 2003. Along with local distribution partners…
    11.15.05

  • Detergent Producer Will Be Free from Inspection

    CHINA: Liquid detergents produced by Xi’an Kaimi Co. Ltd., based in Xi’an, capital of Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, will be free from inspection within the next three years, according to a list released by the General Administ…
    11.15.05

  • Nihon LOral Acquires Shareholding In Shu Uemura Cosmetics

    JAPAN: The L’Oréal Group signed an agreement whereby Nihon L’Oréal KK, the group’s Japanese subsidiary, will acquire majority shareholding in Shu Uemura Cosmetics Inc., executives said. Three years after acquiring 35…
    11.15.05

  • Gerresheimer Expands Production in Belgium

    BELGIUM: The Gerresheimer Group, a leading international manufacturer of glass packaging for pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, is expanding production in Belgium to strengthen the future of Momignies as a production location. New high-performance smel…
    11.15.05

  • Ballestra Provides Services for UJS Plant

    SYRIA: Daaboul Group-controlled UJS opened a new LAB plant in Damascus. The plant uses the UOP HF alkylation process and includes a five-MW power station, company executives said. Ballestra SpA, Milan, provided the project management, detail enginee…
    11.15.05

  • O Boticrio Increases Budget

    BRAZIL: O Boticário, with franchises in Brazil, Portugal, Japan, Angola, Mozambique and Mexico, will spend 13% more on marketing this year compared to 2003, to $18 million, company executives said. “We increase investments (every year)…
    11.15.05

  • Cosmoprof 2004 in Bologna Offers New Pavillion

    ITALY: This April, Cosmoprof Bologna will unveil the first country pavilion devoted to Korean cosmetic manufacturers. The pavilion was developed by the Korean Cosmetics Industry Association and will feature a selection of key players in the “ma…
    11.14.05

  • Bandai Co. Offers Kids Cosmetics Line

    JAPAN: Toymaker Bandai Co. and children’s clothing company Narumiya International Co. will launch a line of cosmetics for primary and junior high school girls in March. The line, “Mezzo Piano,” will be a Narumiya brand. The first…
    11.14.05

  • 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…
    11.14.05

  • 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.…
    11.14.05

  • 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…
    11.14.05

  • 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.…
    11.14.05

  • 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…
    11.14.05

  • 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