International

  • 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…


  • 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…


  • Uniqema Initiates Formulating Contest

    November 15, 2005
    Uniqema is challenging formulators to create product concepts and formulations that enhance the creativity and performance benchmarks of products offered in China. The theme of the contest is “New ideas that stimulate the senses.” Formu…