German hair and beauty product producer Wella has this week
announced both the most profitable first quarter in the company's
history and the signing of a purchasing agreement with Procter
& Gamble, writes Louise Sheridan.
Henkel is to acquire hair care company Indola from Alberto-Culver.
They are expected to complete the deal by 1 June 2004, subject to
final agreement and competition law clearances. The transaction is
the latest in a series of mergers...
Improved fragrance sales in Europe, boosted by modest gains in
currency conversions, increased first quarter results for the US
fragrance giant International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF).
Strategies in 2003, to help get the company...
Anti-ageing, cellulite and skin whitening are the words on
everyone's lips this year at InCosmetics 2004 in Italy. As Estee
Lauder reports double digit sales for its third quarter, the
company's R&D vice president Dr...
Nu Skin Enterprises, a worldwide direct seller of personal care
products, has reported a 20 per cent increase in net revenue.
Foreign currency fluctuations, product launches in the US and
momentum in Mainland China have all been attributed...
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Chinese government
have announced a trading agreement to reverse action taken in China
earlier this year that suspended, on public health grounds, the
importation of US cosmetics.
Swallowfield - a UK cosmetics and toiletries manufacturer - is to
overhaul business in a bid to reposition itself as an international
supplier of contract outsourcing services to the toiletry,
household and cosmetics markets. Operations...
As a global shift emerges towards increased hypermarket sales of
toiletries and cosmetics, there seems to be little standing in the
way of Tesco's health and beauty sector cashing in on the growing
Having announced strong half-yearly results, Malaysian Palm Oil
producer Golden Hope says that it will be looking to markets such
as China to exploit its growing oleochemicals division in an effort
to increase its presence in the...
The Lubrizol Corporation has announced the acquisition of Noveon
International, a speciality chemical producer, to create a combined
company. The move complements Lubrizol's existing businesses in
fluid technologies and will...
L'Oréal has announced a good start to 2004 following the release of
its first quarter results. The company saw growth in all of its
cosmetic divisions despite a high base of comparrison against last
year's results. The dermatology...
Vorwerk & Co - a German direct selling business - has announced
it is to acquire beauty care company Jafra Cosmetics. The
acquisition represents the expansion of Vorwerk into the cosmetic,
fragrance and skin care market, the largest...
Wella, the German maker of hair-care and beauty products, has
forecast a 'year of challenges' for 2004 after the group reported a
significant drop in net profit. Recently acquired by Procter &
Gamble, the company was...
Disposable wipes have evolved into a global business concept
generating more than $5 billion in sales a year, reports
Euromonitor. Achieving strong double-digit growth year after year,
the category now assumes a major role in the...
University of Sydney researchers have found that UVA rays - which
age the skin but do not burn - can cause DNA damage. The finding
suggests sunscreens must protect against both UVA and UVB rays to
provide proper protection from disease,...
The anti-aging product market grew by 13 per cent last year - more
than doubling its previous two-year growth rate - reports the NPD
Group. It comes as no suprise therefore that increasing numbers of
pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies...
Owens-Illinois - the largest manufacturer of glass containers in
America, Australia and New Zealand - is to make further inroads
into Europe. The company that packages cosmetics has announced a
definitive agreement to acquire BSN...
Laboratoires Sérobiologiques, a division of the Cognis group, has
biotransformed peptides from hibiscus seeds to develop a natural
alternative to botulinum toxin injections. Myoxinol LS 9763,
launched today at Personal Care Ingredients...
A rise in global demand for titanium dioxide - a natural sourced
pigment used in cosmetics and suncream - has led Millennium
Chemicals to introduce a price increase for its Tiona titanium
dioxide (TiO2) products sold in Asia, Africa,...
Avon Products is to closely follow developments in China this year
for a change in direct-selling legislation. Avon - the world's
largest direct seller of cosmetics to consumers - says it is ready
to resume direct-sales in the...
L'Oréal has opened a new manufacturing plant in India with a
production capacity of up to 100 million units per year. The new
factory is to supply India - where L'Oréal sales grew by 33.4 per
cent in 2003 - and other neighbouring...
France's perfume and cosmetics industry has reported a domestic and
global sales increase of 1.6 per cent for 2003. Findings show that
the French remain the world's top users of cosmetics and fragrances
with half a milion...
Kanebo, the second-largest cosmetics maker in Japan after
industry-leader Shiseido, has decided to abandon plans to sell its
core cosmetic unit to Kao. Instead the company is to ask the
Japenese government to help slash its debt in...
Unison Capital has put forward a management offer - believed to
match Kao's withstanding bid of €3 billion - for Kanebo's cosmetic
operations. However the revelation has not unnerved toiletries
manufacturer, Kao, who started...
L'Oreal has managed to reach its financial year sales target, helped by the concentration of products launched in its first and last quarter. However, the cost of achieving this growth may translate into low earnings for its 2003 second half results...
Scientists at the Industrial Toxicology Research Centre (ITRC) in
India - who analysed reputed brands of lipsticks and beauty creams
- have warned that a majority of beauty products can potentially
cause harm to the skin when exposed...
A new acrylic coating claimed to guarantee seal retention in humid
environments has encouraged Colgate-Palmolive to introduce a new
line of soap-bar packaging. The new film, Bicor MBR666, is believed
to be ideal for the design of...
European companies and researchers should share the profits made on
products using exotic plants such as aloe vera and jojoba oil with
the countries of origin, urges a European Commission communication
issued on Friday.
DHC Corporation, one of Japan's leading skincare companies, has
unveiled the launch of its new Acerola Body Gel. The new
cosmeceutical moisturiser is enriched with acerola berry to hydrate
the skin with placental protein and...
Following the recent BSE scare in America, the Bureau of Health in
Taiwan has banned a list of cosmetics thought to contain prohibited
US cattle and sheep-sourced ingredients. It is believed the embargo
of American imports will encourage...
Kao, Japan's biggest maker of toiletries, plans to add cosmetics to
its product lineup in China by the middle of next year in a bid to
find faster markets for growth. Kao's plans for China is aided by
its intention to purchase...
The popularity of cosmetic coolers will almost triple by the end of
2004, according to a Korean manufacturer. The mini-fridge concept,
which was launched in Asia in 1997 is set to hit the western market
as the latest in bedroom decor.
US beauty group Coty is targeting the teen market with the roll-out
of its first fragrance range under the Chupa Chups label. Created
by independent designer Emmanuel Fenasse, glass bottles are encased
in brightly-coloured plastic...
NaturNorth Technologies and wood producer Potlatch and Synertec,
have developed a patented process to cost-effectively isolate large
quantities of pure betulin and other compounds from birch bark.
Many cosmetic companies use the extract...
With five million contaminated and unregistered cosmetics being
seized in stores across Thailand this week, counterfeit cosmetics
and perfumes are becoming a serious global issue. As increasing
numbers of fraudsters turn their activities...
Atrium this week announced its full acquisition of active
ingredient supplier Siricie. The €1.6 million cash deal
demonstrates the trend of biotechnology companies moving further
towards novel products.
Chindex International, US distributor of western healthcare
products and services, today announced it has established a joint
venture with Nesh Cosmetics of Israel to distribute its Natural
Formula brand in China, the world's...
Croda International, one of the world's largest manufacturer of raw
materials for the cosmetic industry, has signed a a global
distribution and collaboration agreement with Keratec, a New
Zealand wool biotechnology company.
China appears to be the latest Asian country to attract the
attention of the western cosmetics industry. Faced with a maturing
market in Japan, the nation's largest cosmetics company, Shiseido
has turned its attention to China.
Tokyo is set to become L'Oréal's third largest operational centre
today, following the company's shareholding extension in Japenese
Shu Uemura Cosmetics. The agreement confirms the company's
commitment to globalising...
Cashing in on the trend towards natural ingredients, and benefiting
from the synergy with its sister company SilPRO that markets silk
essence powder, New Silk Road is keen to push silk as the natural
German speciality chemicals supplier BASF has increased production
of its specialty amine, dimethylaminopropylamine - used to create
mild personal care products - in response to increased demand and
in total has recently passed the...