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Published January 4, 2006
Colgate-Palmolive Co. sold its Southeast Asian heavy-duty laundry detergent brands to the Procter & Gamble Co., as part of its effort to focus on high-margin, fast-growing business lines. The sale includes detergent brands Fab, Trojan, Dynamo and P… Read More »
Published December 9, 2005
For syndet bar formulations, Zschimmer & Schwarz offer Zetesap 813. It is based on a combination of disodium fatty alcohol sulphosuccinate and sodium coconut fatty alcohol sulphate. It’s very mild, smooth and provides excellent lather. Zete… Read More »
Published December 9, 2005
Patent No. US 6,927,200 B2: The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH, patented detergent compositions with improved physical stability at low temperature. The compound is an aqueous liquid detergent composition comprised of alkyl alkoxy sulfa… Read More »
Published December 9, 2005
Patent No. US 6,927,201 B2: Unilever Home & Personal Care USA, a division of Conopco, Inc., Greenwich, CT, patented capsules for detergent or personal care compositions comprising a block co-polymer and a hydrocarbon oil.… Read More »
Published December 9, 2005
INDIA: Hindustan Lever Ltd. (HLL) is set to merge with Vasishti Detergents (VDL). VDL manufactures soaps and detergents from its plant at Ratnagiri. It has no brands or distribution set-up of its own and supplies its entire output to HLL through a pr… Read More »
Published December 9, 2005
University of Florida researchers have developed a compound that forces clothes in the spin cycle to shed 20% more water than they normally would, which could lead to savings in energy and time spent doing laundry. The results of the research, spons… Read More »
Published December 9, 2005
The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA), which represents the nation’s cleaning products industry, has published a free, online guide for consumers, “High Efficiency Washers and Detergents: Working in Harmony to Save Energy and Water.&r… Read More »
Published December 9, 2005
Church & Dwight Co. said second quarter profit surged 76%, driven by the acquisition of Armkel and higher prices on household items. The company reported earnings of $34.4 million compared with $19.6 million in the prior-year period. Sales rose… Read More »
Surfactant Update
Published December 9, 2005
The good news is that there's a lot of good news to report in this all-important category which can have such a big impact on household and personal care formulations. Read More »
Published December 9, 2005
Solvay Chemicals: Marc Nuchelmans has been named senior vice president of sodium products. He joined Solvay S.A. in Brussels, Belgium in 1987, as an internal consultant in the logistics department. Most recently he was European logistics operations m… Read More »
Published December 9, 2005
The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) and the Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association (CCSPA) will hold its fall conference Sept. 7-9, 2005 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Highlights of the event include a speech f… Read More »
Published December 9, 2005
Colgate-Palmolive Co. has agreed to sell its North American laundry detergent brands for an undisclosed sum to consumer products company Phoenix Brands LLC. The company, whose household brands include Softsoap and Ajax, said the sale was part of a s… Read More »
Published December 9, 2005
Patent No. US 6,894,016 B2: Kao Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, patented a liquid detergent composition comprising water, a water-soluble inorganic salt and at least one surfactant.… Read More »
Published December 9, 2005
RUSSIA: Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNH) and Ballestra have signed contracts for the provision of a sulphonation plant, which is intended to be the first step in forming the production of a full range of anionic surfactants necessary for the detergent ind… Read More »
Published 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… Read More »
Published December 9, 2005
One in four people has encountered a “nightmare” vacation destination that they described as “disgustingly filthy,” according to the Soap and Detergent Association’s (SDA) Summer Vacation National Cleaning survey. The re… Read More »
Published December 9, 2005
Only 20% of respondents said that color is not an important factor when purchasing home cleaning products, personal hygiene products and personal electronic devices, according to Buzzback Market Research and Pantone, Inc.’s 2005 color survey. T… Read More »
Published December 9, 2005
GERMANY: This year, the 52nd SEPAWA-Congress, in cooperation with the Expert Group Detergent Chemistry of the GDCh (German Society of Chemists) and the European Detergent Conference, will extend its lecture program on detergents and cleaners. The… Read More »
Published December 9, 2005
Patent No. US 6,878,683 B2: Germany-based BASF earned a patent for polymers used as controllable dispersing agents for detergent or cleaner ingredients.… Read More »
Published December 9, 2005
More than half of Americans surveyed admitted to being just like Mom—when it comes to cleaning, that is. According to The Soap and Detergent Association’s (SDA) 2005 Spring Cleaning survey conducted by International Communications Researc… Read More »
Green  Easy
Published December 9, 2005
With sales stagnant, marketers are rolling out easy-to-use products that appeal to environmentally-conscious consumers. Read More »
Published December 2, 2005
Patent No. U.S. 6,956,017 B1: Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH, patented a laundry detergent composition comprising no more than 5%, by weight, anionic surfactant, from 15% to 50%, by weight, of nonionic surfactant and from 0.1% to 20%, b… Read More »
Published December 2, 2005
Multi-Color Corp. has developed a distinctive shrink sleeve decorated cap for Tide with Febreze Freshness liquid laundry detergent. The unique shrink sleeve decorated caps attract shoppers' attention and distinguish Tide with Febreze Freshness from o… Read More »
New Packages
Published December 1, 2005
Multi-Color Supplies P&G With Shrink Sleeve Cap Multi-Color Corp. has developed a distinctive shrink sleeve decorated cap for Tide with Febreze Freshness liquid laundry detergent. The unique shrink s… Read More »
The Evolution of Household Cleaning
Published December 1, 2005
Fueled by busy homeowners willing to pay more for convenience, the evolution of the household cleaning products has meant less human contact with cleaning than ever before. But will consumers continue to shell out cash for gadgets when a regular spray bottle will do the trick? Read More »
Published December 1, 2005
Published November 22, 2005
Clariant: David Moss was named North American research and development manager for the detergents business. Among his duties, Mr. Moss is responsible for directing all technical activities for the detergents business in  North America, providin… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
Patent No. US 6,846,791 B1: Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH, earned a patent for a laundry detergent composition comprising hydrophobically modified polymers.… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
Patent No. US 6,849,587 B2: Researchers for Unilever Home & Personal Care USA patented a no-drip laundry liquid or gel detergent that snaps back at the end of dispensing.… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
Patent No. US 6,835,703 B1: Researchers at Melaleuca, Inc., Idaho Falls, ID, earned a patent for a liquid automatic dishwashing detergent having a pH value of less than 6.8. It comprises at least one detergent enzyme, at least one xanthan gum, at le… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
Cleaning countertops, disinfecting surfaces and personal hygiene are among consumers’ favorite uses for wipe products, according to The Soap and Detergent Association’s (SDA) latest national cleaning survey. When asked if they have ever u… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
ETHIOPIA: Unilever announced that it is closing its Ethiopian office due to losses the company has incurred in the past four years. Although Unilever opened its Ethiopian office four years ago in a joint venture arrangement with local trading house A… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
INDIA: Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) price cut strategy in India resulted in a jump in market shares in both detergents and shampoos, according to company executives. The company recorded a 45% growth in shampoos, with its value market share… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
The Soap and Detergent Agency (SDA) unveiled its Principles for Sustainable Development, which were adopted by the SDA board of directors in November and publicly announced at SDA’s 2005 annual meeting and industry convention in January. &ldq… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
Jon Amdursky, manager, marketing communications, Crompton and SDA board member James L. Jackson, president, DeSoto, enjoy an ice cold drink at the Crompton lemonade stand during the Soap and Detergent Association annual meeting in Boca Raton.… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
Procter & Gamble introduced Tide Coldwater, a laundry detergent designed to clean in lower temperatures, in January. Company executives said Tide Coldwater provides a deep clean that is fabric- and color-safe. Product development was fueled by co… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
INDIA: Hindustan Lever (HLL) plans to launch the Surf Excel detergent bar to take on rival P&G’s Tide bar launch. Leading brands in the Indian detergent bar market include Rin, Wheel, Nirma and Ghadi. Hindustan Lever’s Rin Shakti and… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
Patent No. US 6,825,157 B2: Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH, patented a method for enhancing suds volume and suds duration using liquid detergent compositions that comprise polymeric suds enhancers.… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
Patent No. US 6,831,048 B21: Daikin Industries Ltd., Osaka, Japan, earned a patent for a cleaning composition consisting of at least one of fluoride salts and hydrogendifluoride salts; an organic solvent having a hetero atom or atoms; water and optio… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
INDIA: Henkel Spic India has merged with Henkel India Ltd (HIL). The move puts all manufacturing activities under the merged entity. The board of Henkel Spic India Ltd. also decided to route all marketing and distribution functions of the group&rsquo… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) recently added several companies to its membership. The new members include Gereke Chemicals, Inc., Pasadena, TX; Innophos, Inc., Cranbury, NJ; International Specialty Products (ISP), Wayne, NJ; Kao Specialtie… Read More »
Home Fragrances: Sweet Success
Published November 22, 2005
Fragrances for the home and household cleaning products have never been more popular among consumers. Read More »
Laundry Daze
Published November 22, 2005
Manufacturers search for ways to entice consumers by adding new benefits to existing brands. Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
Solvay Chemicals, Inc., Houston, TX, is offering “Focusing on Consumer Products,” an eight-page brochure that reviews consumer product applications for hydrogen peroxide, caprolactones, polyglycerols, calcium and magnesium peroxides, prec… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
Patent No. US 6,800,599 B2: Clariant Finance, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, was granted a patent for a liquid hand dishwashing detergent. It comprises an anionic surfactant mixture containing at least two different anionic surfactants, a polyethyl… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
INDIA: Procter & Gamble plans to build a manufacturing unit for shampoo in India as the domestic market has shown growth in terms of volume, according to a top company official at P&G. At present, the company imports the entire range of it… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
This year’s Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) “Clean Homes…Healthy Families” award of excellence was presented to educators who promote the connection between cleanliness and health. Susan White-Sayers and Diane Mason of t… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
INDIA: Procter & Gamble plans to build a manufacturing unit for shampoo in India as the domestic market has shown growth in terms of volume, according to a top company official at P&G. At present, the company imports the entire range of it… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
Empa Testmaterials, Switzerland, offers artificially soiled test cloths, dye transfer monitors, unsoiled cotton control cloths for laundering process load testing, standard detergents, wetting-power determination discs and more. Data is available on… Read More »
Published November 22, 2005
Patent No. US 6,790,814 B1: Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH, patented a detergent additive delivery particle comprising a core particle of perfume, an intermediate coating material of hydrophobic oil and an external encapsulating coating… Read More »