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Editorial

Tom Branna, Editorial Director
July 2, 2014
The US chemical industry never had a great track record when it came to finding the sweet spot. You know, making just the right amount of stuff to keep the plant humming without sending prices crashing through the floor. Too often, when business was…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
June 2, 2014
While searching for a ballgame on my AM dial, I tuned in to one of those radio call-in shows just in time to hear an 85-year-old gentlemen ask the expert host about liver spots and what could he do to get rid of them. I forgot about my Mets for a mom…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
May 2, 2014
We live in the Era of Big Data (Happi, April 2014, p. 54). It enables suppliers to run thousands, no millions, of tests in search of new materials; helps marketers reach critical “go-don’t go” decisions on new product launches and m…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
April 1, 2014
Global anti-aging product sales topped $122 billion in 2013 and are growing nearly 8% a year. The the market is dynamic, but full of questions; luckily, you’ll get all the answers when you attend Happi’s Anti-Aging Conference & Tablet…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
March 5, 2014
After nearly defaulting on its debt, struggling through a deep recession, grappling with high unemployment and being a general drain on the EU economy for years, Spaniards are finally waking up to the fact that those siestas are going the way of bull…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
February 7, 2014
No sooner had our January issue been published, a reader took me to task for not addressing a key issue facing product perfumers—the increasing ban on use of fragrance from retailers. She noted that it has become a problem for product developer…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
January 1, 2014
“Mundane.” “Awful.” “Dreadful.” These are just some of the words experts use to describe the laundry process…and it breaks my heart. Want to know my dirty little secret? Well, one that I can share in a famil…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
December 3, 2013
Wrinkles, fine lines and age spots are big business for marketers and their suppliers. No one knows that better than the attendees at our recent Anti-Aging Conference & Tabletop Exhibition (see our coverage on p. 54 in this issue). There were ple…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
November 4, 2013
The fiasco that is Washington DC extends well beyond US borders. Surging debt and a Federal Government shutdown have some of the biggest US creditors wondering if there is a better, more stable place to stash their currencies. Most countries currentl…  Read More »
Karen Bitz-McIntyre, Nonwovens Industry, Associate Editor
September 27, 2013
This summer the disposable wipes market received two major coups that will help it grow in two important, and potentially profitable categories. The first, of course, is the long-awaited, final solvent-contaminated wipes rule (better known as the &l…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
September 27, 2013
That plastic wrap keeping your sandwich fresh wasn’t designed to protect bologna. After Ralph Wiley, a Dow Chemical chemist, accidentally discovered polyvinylidene in 1933, the military sprayed it on fighter planes to guard against corrosion an…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
September 4, 2013
Forget ballerina or fireman, some of today’s most tech-savvy and opinionated kids (and young adults, too) are making a living by telling people what they think—about your products. Whether it’s a lipstick, anti-aging cream, dish det…  Read More »
Sean Moloughney, Editor, Nutraceuticals World
September 4, 2013
It’s rare when the U.S. is considered an emerging market, but that seems to be the case with nutricosmetics. Well-established in Asia, these ingestible supplements are designed to promote beauty from within, and continue to gain traction in Nor…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
August 2, 2013
The US economy took a big leap forward on July 31. No, Detroit didn’t start turning out more cars (in fact, the city is broke). And no, Silicon Valley hasn’t released another superchip on the market (how many devices do we really need any…  Read More »
Tom Branna, Editorial Director
July 10, 2013
I’ve sat through dozens of presentations regarding anti-aging products and often asked myself, “if everybody is really using all these creams, lotions and serums, why do most of us middle-aged folks still look like hell?” Turns out,…  Read More »