International


  • Toymaker Enters Teen Cosmetics Market

    JAPAN: Toymaker Bandai Co. launched the 3-nen 2-kumi clothing line and cosmetics range for girls ages 12-15. It includes pen-shaped, grapefruit-scented nail polishes; lip glosses; mascaras; compact mirror and nail puffer.…
    11.14.05

  • EU Bans Animal Testing by 2009

    l EUROPE: The 626-member European Union Assembly issued a ban on the use of animals to test cosmetics by 2009. The ban will be implemented in phases and includes imported cosmetics. A toxicity test ban will be phased in by 2013 as well. There are cur…
    11.14.05

  • Cognis Sells F&S Division

    l GERMANY: Cognis, Düsseldorf, announced the sale of its fragrances and specialties business (Cognis F&S) to Kao Chemicals, Tokyo, Japan. Cognis divested the business to concentrate on its core activities, according to company executives. Ka…
    11.14.05

  • Cosmetique News Forum Now in Fourth Year

    RUSSIA: This month, the Cosmetique News Forum takes place at the World Trade Centre, Moscow. The three-day forum will take place April 16-18 under the roof of Intercharm Professional. According to show organizers, the event has grown significantly d…
    11.14.05

  • Haarmann & Reimer and Dragoco Form Symrise

    GERMANY: Dragoco and Haarmann & Reimer, both based in Holzminden, have joined to form Symrise. The company now accounts for 11% of total market volume, according to company estimates. In 2002, both companies generated sales of approximately 1.24…
    11.14.05

  • Silab Receives INPI Trophy for Innovation

    FRANCE: Silab ranked No. 4 among the top 10,000 firms in France by the newspaper L’Enterprise in a survey carried out by Ernst & Young. The company then went on to win the 2002 INPI (Institut National de la Propriété Industrie…
    11.14.05

  • CPL Aromas Expands in Eastern Europe

    EUROPE: CPL Aromas has formed CPL Aromas Poland and CPL Aromas Croatia as part of an ongoing strategy to enhance service in Eastern Europe. CPL Aromas Poland is based in Krakow and was launched in association with Alfa Sagittarius under Jersey Kowy…
    11.14.05

  • INDESA Installs New Plants in Mexico

    MEXICO: Industria National de Detergetes SA (INDESA), part of the FERMO Group, is installing new sulphonation and powder detergent plants with respective capacities of 30,000 t/y and 150,000 t/y in San Luis Potosi, north of Mexico City. The expected…
    11.14.05

  • Avon Closes Montreal

    CANADA: Avon Canada will shut down its Pointe Claire, Montreal operations by the end of the year. A layoff of 150 employees is expected. Work will be transferred to plants in Illinois and Ohio, freeing up funds to spur growth, Avon Canada executives…
    11.14.05

  • Iberchem Buys Factory in Guangzhou

    l CHINA: The Iberchem group has acquired the Bush Boake Allen factory in Guangzhou for more than $5.3 million. The 3,900 square foot buildings house offices, R&D laboratories and manufacturing and warehouse sites. Iberchem China will manufacture…
    11.14.05

  • Colgate-Palmolive Zimbabwe Relocates

    SOUTH AFRICA: Colgate-Palmolive is reorganizing its operations and moving Colgate-Palmolive Zimbabwe to South Africa. Executives said the African market will now be served from both South Africa and Morocco due to declining macro-economic circumstanc…
    11.14.05

  • Virox Develops Disinfectant

    CANADA: Virox Technologies, led by company president Randy Pilon, has developed what the company said is an environmentally-friendly, safe, high powered cleaning solution called accelerated hydrogen peroxide (AHP). The powerful disinfectant was sanct…
    11.14.05

  • Nonwovens Manufacturer Ahlstrom

    ITALY: Ahlstrom Corp. will invest $11 million in a rebuilding program for one of the company’s manufacturing lines at its Turin plant. The production line will be reconfigured in order to increase its available product offerings. In addition to…
    11.14.05

  • Hairdryer Sales Boosted by Ions

    l JAPAN: Demand for hairdryers is expected to reach 4.7 million units, up from 35,000 in 2001. This is largely driven by high-priced hairdryers that emit negative ions, with currently just 27% of the market share. Matsushita Electric Works’ Ion…
    11.14.05

  • Body Shop Canada in Talks

    CANADA: Body Shop Canada has been approached by a third party regarding divesting its franchise network, said Barry Waite, a spokesman for the company. “It’s very preliminary,” Mr. Waite cautioned. “This is not the first time…
    11.14.05

  • China To Ban Use of Phosphorus Detergent

    CHINA: Many Chinese cities have already banned the use of phosphorus detergents and more are expected to do so in the near future, according to industry experts. China is expected to completely ban the environmentally unfriendly substance by 2005. A…
    11.14.05

  • Resin Coats Roaches for Easy Disposal

    JAPAN: A new roach spray that envelops the insect in acrylic resin is available from Tokyo-based Hakugen. According to company representatives, research showed that consumers want to get rid of roaches in the home but are squeamish about cleaning up…
    11.14.05

  • Agency Confiscates

    CHINA: The Shangai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau confiscated and destroyed a batch of lipstick imported from France. The packaging claimed the product was made from purely organic materials. However, on inspection it was found to contai…
    11.14.05

  • Finnish Men Spend More on Personal Care

    FINLAND: According to industry estimates, Finnish men are spending increasingly more money on cosmetics, skin care products, aftershave lotions, shaving creams, fragrances and deodorants. Sales of men’s cosmetics grew nearly 15% during the fir…
    11.14.05

  • PCIE to Adopt Two-Year Cycle

    EUROPE: Beginning this year, Personal Care Ingredients Europe (PCIE) will adopt a two-year cycle, alternating in odd years with the IFSCC Congress. PCIE takes place in Düsseldorf this month; the following PCIE gathering is scheduled for April…
    11.14.05