International

  • Nile Cosmetics Manufactures Hair Dye Powder

    November 15, 2005
    UGANDA: Nile Cosmetics, a local manufacturer of beauty products, received exclusive rights to make and distribute Japanese company Hoyu Company Ltd.’s Bigen powder, used to dye hair. The product was pulled from the market three years ago when l…


  • The Cost of Soap May Rise As Palm Oil Prices Increase

    November 15, 2005
    MALAYSIA: A rise in crude palm oil prices could lead to an increase in toilet soap prices, according to industry sources. “The price of crude palm oil has increased. The impact of this raw material price increase has to be evaluated,” s…


  • Naturas Shares Soar

    November 15, 2005
    BRAZIL: Shares of Natura Cosmeticos SA soared 11.8% to 40.80 reais following their debut on the Brazilian stock market in May. “We are going to continue growing in Brazil—that’s our focus—but we are continuing to expand acro…


  • Mexican Manufacturing Faces Challenges

    November 15, 2005
    MEXICO: The ProLogis Research Group conducted a study, “Is China’s economic success a threat to Mexico?,” to examine whether China’s recent success in exporting to the U.S. threatens Mexico’s market share. The study in…


  • SEPAWA Conference Is Set For October in Germany

    November 15, 2005
    GERMANY: The 51st SEPAWA conference is set to take place Oct. 8-10 at the Congress Center of Würzburg. The congress allows specialists to meet and discuss the latest developments with their peers. More than 50 papers devoted to detergents, clea…


  • IFF Plans Creative Center In Neuilly Sur Seine, France

    November 15, 2005
    FRANCE: International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) announced plans for a new European creative center for fine fragrances and toiletries in Paris. The 5000 square meter facility is based in Neuilly Sur Seine. The facility will be the first m…


  • Sa Sa Searches for Store Location

    November 15, 2005
    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…


  • Henkel Aims for 10% Earnings Growth in 2004

    November 15, 2005
    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%.…


  • Clariant Plans Massive Job Cuts

    November 15, 2005
    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.…


  • LOral Sales Jump 70%

    November 15, 2005
    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…


  • Laundry Business Booms in Cameroon

    November 15, 2005
    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…


  • Perfumes Facility Opened in Dubai

    November 15, 2005
    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…


  • Wacker Buys Silicone Emulsion Plant

    November 15, 2005
    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.…


  • P&G Delists Tokyo Bourse Due to Cost

    November 15, 2005
    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…


  • Dove Rejects Skinny Models to Bolster Self Confidence

    November 15, 2005
    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…