International

  • Omo Detergent Gets a Makeover

    November 15, 2005
    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.…


  • Multifunctional Baths Make a Splash

    November 15, 2005
    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’…


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

    November 15, 2005
    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…


  • Avon Holds 95% Stake in China JV

    November 15, 2005
    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…


  • Gillette Invests $147 Million in Polish Plant

    November 15, 2005
    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…


  • Winnipeg Residents Have Flakiest Scalps

    November 15, 2005
    CANADA: Thirty-three percent of people in Winnipeg have dandruff, compared to 20% in North America, Europe and Asia, according to a study by Hill Top Research. The city’s low dew point is to blame.…


  • Shiseido and Coca-Cola Develop Slimming Drink

    November 15, 2005
    JAPAN: Shiseido has teamed up with Coca-Cola Japan to launch a drink flavored with fragrances thought to activate the fat-burning process. The companies said last year that they were to collaborate on a range of products to target the body-conscious…


  • Kanebo and Kao are a No-Go

    November 15, 2005
    JAPAN: Now that the proposed sale of its cosmetics division to Kao is kaput, Kanebo has received at least $4.7 million in assistance from the Industrial Revitalization Corp. of Japan (IRCJ) to restructure operations and bolster its sundries, health c…


  • Ballestra Builds Fatty Acid Plants in China, Malaysia

    November 15, 2005
    CHINA: Italy-based Ballestra Group’s CMB division is building a 350 TPD fatty acids plant in Zhangijagang, China, to produce 1000 tons a day of fractionated fatty acids, soap chips and glycerine. CMB is also building a 700 TPD fatty acids plant…


  • Malpractice Suits Spur Possible Cosmetic Regulations

    November 15, 2005
    CHINA: The Ministry of Commerce has drafted a regulation for comment to determine the malpractice status of the cosmetology and hairdressing sector. The agency said the cosmetic surgery industry is beset by complaints. Some blame the lack of an organ…


  • Beauty International Has 50,000 Visitors

    November 15, 2005
    GERMANY: Beauty International was held in Düsseldorf in March. Organizer Messe Düsseldorf North America said more than 50,000 international visitors attended the show, which focused on trends and innovations in the cosmetics service industr…


  • Takasago Earns Nikkei PRISM Award

    November 15, 2005
    JAPAN: Takasago’s U.S. subsidiary, Takasago International Corp., ranked No. 2 in research and development out of 300 Japanese firms by Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei), publisher of the largest economic daily newspaper in Japan. The Nikkei PRISM (…


  • PCIE Show Set To Grace Paris in 2005

    November 15, 2005
    FRANCE: Personal Care Ingredients Europe (PCIE), organized by Step Exhibitions and Verlag für chemische Industries, will take place April 12-14, 2005, at Porte de Versailles in Paris. The biannual exhibition offers extended space for cosmetic ch…


  • Colgate-Palmolive Seeks Oral Care Acquisitions

    November 15, 2005
    CHINA: Reports suggest Colgate-Palmolive is looking for potential mergers and acquisitions in the country to diversify its low-end personal product lineup. Colgate currently dominates China’s mid-range and high-end markets and wants to purchase…


  • Wella and Gucci: Will the Marriage Continue?

    November 15, 2005
    GERMANY: Industry insiders report that Gucci has found a loophole in its long-term fragrance agreement with Wella, which was not renewed before Nov. 30, 2001. Wella executives said the license is valid until Nov. 30, 2028. The agreement started in 19…