International


  • Gillette Invests $147 Million in Polish Plant

    POLAND: The Gillette Company will invest $147 million to build a new razor factory in Lodz by 2007. The plant will produce, package and export disposable razors and shaving products to Russia and Western Europe. Boston-based Gillette will also move 7…
    11.15.05

  • Avon Holds 95% Stake in China JV

    CHINA: New York-based Avon Products Inc. has purchased a 20% stake from Chinese partner Masson Group Co. Ltd., raising its total stake in Avon Products (China) Co. Ltd. to 95%. The $50 million deal ends a 14-year relationship between the Avon and Mas…
    11.15.05

  • Horizontal Driers, Compact De-Humidifiers Dry Up the Competition

    JAPAN: Several improved compact de-humidifiers have hit the marketplace: Mitsubishi Electric’s MJ-100VX with antioxidants to prevent fabric yellowing; Toshiba Home Technology’s RAD-63DYX and RAD-80DYX with hydrolytic enzymes to remove air…
    11.15.05

  • Multifunctional Baths Make a Splash

    JAPAN: Multifunctional baths are growing in popularity such as the perspiration- stimulating Hakkan Sei-katsu series, Yupatio Fine baths offering a headrest, Inax Corp.’s Thermofloor insulated flooring material, Matsushita Electric Works’…
    11.15.05

  • Omo Detergent Gets a Makeover

    KENYA: Unilever Kenya Ltd. recently added red and blue speckles to its white Blue Omo powder detergent. Executives also developed products for upper and lower income consumers, New Omo Multiactive powder and New Foam Action bar, respectively.…
    11.15.05

  • Dove Rejects Skinny Models to Bolster Self Confidence

    THE UK: After learning that 66% of women feel depressed about their figures as a result of beauty advertising and 75% want to see more realistic-looking models, Unilever’s Dove division launched an ad campaign with women of different shapes and…
    11.15.05

  • P&G Delists Tokyo Bourse Due to Cost

    JAPAN: Procter & Gamble Co. was expected to delist its shares from the Tokyo Stock Exchange on May 7, without altering its Japanese business strategy. P&G shares debuted on the Tokyo bourse in 1986. Executives said the average daily turnover…
    11.15.05

  • Wacker Buys Silicone Emulsion Plant

    CHINA: The Wacker Group, Munich, Germany, purchased a silicone emulsion plant in Shanghai that can produce capacity several thousand metric tons a year of emulsions based on silicone fluids, antifoam emulsions and silicone resins.…
    11.15.05

  • Perfumes Facility Opened in Dubai

    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The new $8.1 million Ajmal Perfumes facility in Dubai was dedicated by Sheikh Ham-adan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, deputy ruler of Dubai and UAE minister of finance and industry. The 147,000 square foot facility is located in the Al…
    11.15.05

  • Laundry Business Booms in Cameroon

    CAMEROON: Young men in the New Bell section of Douala are reviving the laundry business, which was hit hard by dry cleaning enterprises, second-hand washing machines and economic crises. They work six days a week, using buckets, a brush and sponge. T…
    11.15.05

  • LOral Sales Jump 70%

    CHINA: L’Oréal reported a 70% gain in sales in China to $180 million in 2003. Since arriving in China in 1997, L’Oréal has invested $120 million to expand the market share and purchased three famous Chinese cosmetic companie…
    11.15.05

  • Clariant Plans Massive Job Cuts

    SWITZERLAND: Clariant plans to cut 4000 jobs by 2006, including its electronics business, to drive down company costs. In 2003, Clariant reported a $123 million net profit against a loss of $496 million in 2002.…
    11.15.05

  • Henkel Aims for 10% Earnings Growth in 2004

    GERMANY: Henkel is aiming for 10% earning growth margin in 2004, according to reports. Henkel recently bought Dial Corp., which boosted its net profit 23% to $637 million. Turnover is expected to increase 3-4%.…
    11.15.05

  • Sa Sa Searches for Store Location

    CHINA: Hong Kong-based Sa Sa International Holdings Ltd. plans to open a store in a Chinese mainland city by the end of the year and will invest $6.41 million in China in the next four years to open 30 cosmetic outlets. The company needs Closer Econo…
    11.15.05

  • Most German Women Prefer Fragrance Variety

    GERMANY: Ninety-two percent of women in the former West Germany states use perfume, according to a survey by Bauer Media of women ages 20-59. Forty percent of fragrance users are content with one fragrance, and more than 50% own two or more perfumes.…
    11.15.05

  • Russian Perfumery and Cosmetics Grow in 2003

    RUSSIA: In February, ExpoMediaGroup, Staraya Krepost, held a briefing to provide an update on the 2003 Russian perfumery and cosmetics market. According to company representatives, the market in 2003 was $5.2 billion, constituting a 20% increase from…
    11.15.05

  • Michelman Names Kelly Exclusive Agent

    CHINA: Michelman Inc., Cincinnati, named Kelly Chemical Corp. as its exclusive agent for the People’s Republic of China. Kelly, headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, has additional offices in Taichung and Kaohsuang. In China, Kelly has offices in Sh…
    11.15.05

  • New Internet Technology Makes Scents

    THE UNITED KINGDOM: New technology may soon enable internet users in Britain to spice up their e-mails with fragrances. According to the Times newspaper, Telewest Broadband, a British internet service provider, plans to market what is being called a…
    11.15.05

  • Silab Creates Two Subsidiaries

    FRANCE: Silab, France, created two new subsidiaries in 2003. Silab Inc., the company’s new U.S. subsidiary, is a technical support and customer service unit based in New Jersey. Silab Inc. will communicate with the scientific units of Silab in…
    11.15.05

  • MMI Launches Global Brand Of Personal Care Products

    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The consumer division of MMI, a Dubai-based leisure and retail marketing and distribution company, launched the Sanex personal body care range in the UAE. The brand is already sold in 25 countries. The UAE product range consist…
    11.15.05