International

  • Gillette Campaign Achieves Results in the Middle East

    December 9, 2005
    DUBAI: Gillette Middle East and Africa reported that its “Bend it Like Beckham” consumer campaign has achieved impressive business results for Gillette and partners in the region. The “consumer retention rate” (the ratio of p…


  • Rohm and Haas Breaks Ground for Chinese R&D

    December 9, 2005
    SHANGHAI: Rohm and Haas Company broke ground for its new China Research and Development Center in Shanghai in June. Located on 33,000 square meters (over eight acres) in the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, Pudong New Area, the facility will serve as the co…


  • Beauty Bars All the Rage in Paris

    December 9, 2005
    PARIS: Shu Uemera and Frederic Fekkai have recently opened on-the-go service stations offering quick-fix treatments and advice in Paris. Retailers believe the concept provides added customer appeal. “It’s a real trend,” declared S…


  • Playtex To Close Canadian Packaging Plant

    December 9, 2005
    CANADA: Playtex Products Inc. said it plans to shut down a Canada-based packaging plant by the first quarter of 2006 and shift glove production to Malaysia. About 85 employees will be affected by the plant closure and realignment, Playtex said. The…


  • Colgate Will Not Recall Toothpaste in China

    December 9, 2005
    CHINA: Toothpaste producer Colgate said it would not recall its products amid reports in the Chinese media that its toothpaste contained a chemical that might cause cancer under certain conditions. Colgate-Palmolive (Guangzhou) Co. issued a statement…


  • Dutch Cosmetics Association Reports Slight Growth in 2004

    December 9, 2005
    THE NETHERLANDS: The Dutch Cosmetics Association (NCV) reported that in 2004, the Dutch cosmetics market showed a slight growth of 0.4%. Retail sales totaled almost $2.8 billion. Per capita spending in 2004 was $168.…


  • Himalaya Drug Launches Herbal Baby Care Products in Oman

    December 9, 2005
    INDIA: The Himalaya Drug Company launched a range of herbal baby products for consumers in Oman. Himalaya’s herbal-based products have been specially formulated to meet the growing requirement for delicate baby care products. The products are b…


  • Hair Dye, Cancer Link Fades Under New Study

    December 9, 2005
    CANADA: Hair dye use does not increase the risk of cancer, a comprehensive study co-authored by a Montreal-based researcher shows. The new analysis, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, examined the results of 79 studies. It…


  • Sephora Opens First Store in China

    December 9, 2005
    SHANGHAI: Sephora, the cosmetic unit of luxury goods retailer LVMH, opened its first Chinese store in Shanghai, China’s largest business and financial center. Sephora is expected to open three shops in Shanghai this year and double that number…


  • Hair Growth Marketers Target Women

    December 9, 2005
    JAPAN: The market for hair growth agents is being revitalized with the recent launch of three new products. Taisho Pharmaceutical Co. released RiUp Lady, a modified version of its popular RiUP hair growth agent for men. Karoyan Gush for women and men…


  • EBRD Cuts Stake in Kalina

    December 9, 2005
    RUSSIA: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has reduced its stake in Kalina, one of Russia’s biggest producers of cosmetics and personal hygiene products, to about 6% from more than 10%. Investment company Renaissance Ca…


  • Shiseido Measures UV Hair Damage

    December 9, 2005
    JAPAN: Shiseido Co. has developed a way to measure damage to hair based on the condition of protein inside it. With the new technology, the firm has clarified the connection between ultraviolet ray exposure and hair damage, and aims to develop a rang…


  • Beauty Sector Benefits Chinese Economy

    December 9, 2005
    CHINA: Between 1983 and 2004, the sales volume of China’s beauty businesses increased 260 times, according to the country’s first annual report on the beauty sector, recently released by four Chinese economists—He Fan, Ba Shusong, Z…


  • P&G Chemicals Makes Plans for Malaysian Fatty Acid Plant

    December 9, 2005
    MALAYSIA: Procter & Gamble Chemicals announced that contracts have been signed for the construction of a new fatty acid plant to be built by FPG Oleochemicals Sdn Bhd, its Malaysian joint venture with Felda Palm Industries Sdn. Bhd. The new unit…


  • HLL Opens New Plant in India

    December 9, 2005
    BAROTIWALA: Hindustan Lever Ltd (HLL) has opened a state-of-the-art detergent factory in Solan. The plant, along with its other plants in Northern India, will help HLL increase its annual turnover by 25%. The new 22 acre plant will produce soap bra…