International

  • Li Ka-shing To Buy Marionnaud Parfumeries

    December 9, 2005
    PARIS: Hong Kong retail magnate Li Ka-shing has agreed to buy ailing French retailer Marionnaud Parfumeries SA, injecting Parisian cachet into his Hutchinson Whampoa Ltd. empire by acquiring one of the leading perfume and cosmetic vendors in Europe.…


  • Cosmetic Companies Spend Most on Ads

    December 9, 2005
    CHINA: A new survey shows that companies on the Chinese mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong spent 25% more on advertising than the previous year, and the most avid spenders were cosmetic giants. The biggest was Oil of Olay, which spent approximately $566…


  • Dabur Plans Manufacturing Facility in Pakistan

    December 9, 2005
    NEW DELHI: Expecting a profitable return from its Bangladesh joint venture in its first year of operations, Dabur India is now planning to set up a similar manufacturing facility in Pakistan. The company hopes to start manufacturing hair oils and sha…


  • Beauty China Makes Deal with Sa Sa

    December 9, 2005
    CHINA: Beauty products manufacturer Beauty China Holdings has signed a deal giving Hong Kong-based cosmetic retailer Sa Sa exclusive rights to retail its Colour Zone brand of cosmetics and skin care products at 40 stores in Hong Kong and two outlets…


  • Poddar Will Not Exit Gillette

    December 9, 2005
    INDIA: Gillette India Limited chairman Saroj Poddar said he was not interested in divesting his 15% stake in the company following the acquisition of Gillette Co. U.S. by Procter & Gamble. He said he will not exit irrespective of whether Gillette…


  • LG Vina Cosmetics Posts High Growth

    December 9, 2005
    VIETNAM: Joint-venture LG Vina Cosmetics announced that sales grew 30% in 2004 compared to the previous year’s figures. The company enjoys a 15% market share for mid-priced cosmetic products and up to 40% for high-grade products, said the compa…


  • P&G Starts To Crowd Kao

    December 9, 2005
    JAPAN: Sales for Kao Corp.’s high-end shampoo Asience topped $94 million in 2004, only a year after its release on the domestic market. The shampoo’s position, however, is already being eroded by the popularity of Herbal Essences shampoo,…


  • Cosmetic & Household Ingredients Set for Moscow in October

    December 9, 2005
    RUSSIA: Cosmetic & Household Ingredients (CHI), Central and Eastern Europe’s forum featuring raw materials for the cosmetic and household products market, will be holding its second exposition at the Crocus Expo in Moscow on Oct. 5-6. It wi…


  • Rohm and Haas Selects Site For Chinese R&D Center

    December 9, 2005
    CHINA: Philadelphia-based Rohm and Haas Company has selected the site for its new China research and development center in Shanghai. The center, which is expected to open in mid-2006, will be located on more than eight acres in the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech…


  • CHI 2005 To Take Place in Moscow

    December 9, 2005
    MOSCOW: The Cosmetic and House- hold Ingredients (CHI) exhibition will be held Oct. 5-6 in Moscow. According to organizers, CHI is a popular event with international ingredients suppliers looking to build contacts and develop their businesses in the…


  • LOral Doubles Sales in China

    December 9, 2005
    CHINA: L’Oréal China doubled its sales last year, making it the fastest growing L’Oréal unit in the world. Since entering China in 1997, the company has invested $120 million to expand its market share. By acquiring the Chin…


  • Alliance Cosmetics Plans Expansion

    December 9, 2005
    MALAYSIA: Alliance Cosmetic Group, the sole distributor of Revlon and other global cosmetic brands in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, is expanding its distribution counters to capture a larger share of the mass-market cosmetics retail segment. Acco…


  • IFF Participates in German Exhibit

    December 9, 2005
    GERMANY: International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (IFF) is taking part in a new exhibit on perfume and design opening April 24, 2005 at the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum for Art and Design) in Hamburg, Germany. Through IFF’s uniq…


  • Gattefoss Establishes New Office in Mumbai, India

    December 2, 2005
    INDIA: Gattefossé has opened the Gattefossé India Liaison Office in Mumbai, to enhance its customer support and sales for its cosmetic business. This is Gattefossé’s first business office to be established in India. While G…


  • Sonic Toothbrushes Go Boom in Japan

    December 2, 2005
    JAPAN: Old fashioned toothbrushes are losing favor with consumers who prefer electric models that feature increasingly advanced functions, such as generating sonic waves and heads that vibrate at high speed. Despite the higher price tag, the rapidly…