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The cosmetics market in South East Asia comprises of Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.

E-tailer Alibaba continues Southeast Asia push with Singapore center

27-Aug-2015 - China’s e-commerce site, Alibaba is on track to open its Singapore center in September which will act as the 'headquarters of international business' and cater to two-thirds of its outbound investment...

Thailand urged to up the ante on cosmetics research

26-Aug-2015 - Thailand's government has been called on to facilitate more biotechnology research, particularly in the areas of medicine and cosmetics.

'Mini' in-cosmetics event to focus on Indonesia

25-Aug-2015 - With Euromonitor forecasting Indonesia as one of the top 10 global skin care markets by 2019, personal care ingredient suppliers are stepping up their efforts to penetrate and consolidate their presence.

EcoWaste Coalition calls for crackdown on fake cosmetics in the Philippines

19-Aug-2015 - The EcoWaste Coalition Project has called for the Philippines government to crack down on counterfeit whitening creams being sold in Guadalupe.

Lubrizol invests in coating technology at Singapore innovation center

18-Aug-2015 - Lubrizol has upgraded its Singapore based lab to extend its performance coatings expertise in Asia.

A look at why coconut is trumping palm oil in the Philippines

18-Aug-2015 - Despite the obvious sustainable benefits of coconut oil over palm, a politician has accused the Philippines government that the latter should be given an equal footing as coconut shows 'little...

AkzoNobel shifts focus to Southeast Asia opportunities

11-Aug-2015 - As growth slows in China, AkzoNobel is reportedly seeking out markets that are experiencing robust economic growth like Thailand, India, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Elizabeth Arden focuses on Southeast Asia expansion

28-Jul-2015 - The global cosmetics player has appointed a new president, JuE Wong, effective August 3th, and has also signed an agreement with prestige beauty distributor Luxasia Ventures as it sets its sights on...

Thailand’s FDA warns about counterfeit Korean cosmetics

22-Jul-2015 - According to Thailand's FDA, more than 1,000 counterfeit cosmetics brands have been found in the country under false licence numbers, claiming to be skin lighteners from South Korea.

Sephora owner, LVMH snaps up Singapore based start-up Luxola

14-Jul-2015 - After raising over US$15 million in funding from investors, Singapore-based e-commerce platform, Luxola has been snapped up by global luxury goods corporation, LVMH.

Euromonitor insight

Southeast Asia's top 4 markets: how to tap into consumer purchasing power

07-Jul-2015 - Euromonitor has revealed ASEAN's four largest markets – Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia to be key for multinationals looking to enter the AEC. This gallery compiles the firm's detailed insights...

Full steam ahead for Shiseido's 'Vision 2020' plan in Indonesia

02-Jul-2015 - Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido has partnered up with the Aura Beaute Group in Indonesia to strengthen its 'professional business in Asia'.

DSM partners up with 'Ingredients Plus' for Malaysia and Singapore

30-Jun-2015 - DSM has signed a deal with 'Ingredient Plus Group', where it will act as a third-party distributor of its personal care portfolio in Malaysia and Singapore.

Moxy: 'women are key to e-commerce success in Indonesia'

25-Jun-2015 - Shopping portal Moxy, recently acquired by 'WhatsNew' has plans to be a female focused e-commerce provider in Southeast Asia, as women's purchasing power is on the up.

AkzoNobel sees South East Asia's value with €30 million Thailand investment

24-Jun-2015 - As South East Asia continues to evolve as a lucrative market for the cosmetics industry, AkzoNobel is investing more than €30 million in a Thailand based facility.

The Philippines rings in 'world's first' certified coconut oil, thanks to BASF help

23-Jun-2015 - After a three year stint, the German chemicals firm has succeeded in establishing the world's first certified production of dried coconut flesh or 'copra' to oil in the Philippines.

L’Oréal entrusts Singapore University with display design

18-Jun-2015 - L'Oréal's travel retail Asia division has again entrusted the National University of Singapore with the design of an exhibition that showcased 22 of its brands for a recent TFWA event....

Clariant leverages Singapore base to 'get closer to customers'

16-Jun-2015 - Clariant held an opening ceremony last week to celebrate the inauguration of its application lab in Singapore, one it hopes will interact with customers to 'develop tomorrow’s megatrends in Asia...

P&G invests in Singapore's 3-D human skin research

04-Jun-2015 - Personal care giant, Procter & Gamble is funding a five-year research project to develop 3D printed skin tissue with Singapore's government’s Agency for Science, Technology & Research.

Market Insight

ASEAN is ideal for catering to organic and natural demand, says expert

27-May-2015 - Whether working out, meditating or making healthy purchasing decisions, consumers today are taking better care of their health. This shift in behaviour has impacted the cosmetics industry, particularly with organic...

Singapore Advertising Authority - 'number of complaints on beauty ads rising'

19-May-2015 - According to the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (ASAS), cosmetic advertising has been receiving a high number of complaints and feedback of late.

Korea signs free-trade deal with Vietnam to cut tariffs on cosmetics

14-May-2015 - Korea has agreed to a free-trade deal with Vietnam that minstry officials say will gradually cut tariffs on cosmetics exports in Southeast Asia.

A look at Fujifilm's astaxanthin 'breakthrough' in skin care...

06-May-2015 - By transferring its' expertise with antioxidant astaxanthin to cosmetics, Fujifilm has been making serious headway in Asia with the Astalift skin-care range.

Innovation in Indonesia

L'Oréal 'Brandstorm' national award goes to Indonesia's 'Absolute Jetset' concept

05-May-2015 - L'Oréal has named '', a team from the University of Indonesia as the national winner of its' Brandstorm competition for their 'Absolute Jetset' concept for the Lancôme brand....

Exclusive interview

Bulldog boss reveals why 'Made in UK' resonates with Korean men

30-Apr-2015 - Following the roll out of natural male skin care range, Bulldog in Korea in 2013, Cosmetics Design caught up with founder Simon Duffy to discuss the challenge of the expansion and how...

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