South East Asia

The guide on how to get palm oil right

Special Focus: Palm Oil

The guide on how to get palm oil right

By Simon Pitman

Palm oil is an essential ingredient for cosmetics and personal care players, and if it’s sourced sustainably, it’s hard to beat both in terms of carbon footprint and efficacy.

Dow launches a studio for packaging in Singapore

Dow launches a studio for packaging in Singapore

By Simon Pitman

The Dow Chemicals Company has launched its Pack Studios Singapore concept, a platform that aim to provide technical and market support for packaging solutions in the Southeast Asia region.

Why the dynamics are changing for skin whitening in Asia

Special Focus: Skin Whitening

Why the dynamics are changing for skin whitening in Asia

By Simon Pitman

Skin whitening has been a mega trend in Asia for a number of years now, but with questions over the safety of some ingredients and several skin whitening campaigns causing uproar, the dynamics of the category look set for change.

Boom in indie cosmetic players feeds growth in Indonesia

Boom in indie cosmetic players feeds growth in Indonesia

By Simon Pitman

A steep rise in the number of indie cosmetic companies coming on to the market is helping to fuel one of the fastest industry growth rates in the world right now. and a new industry show bears testimony to this.

How Korea could corner the halal market

How Korea could corner the halal market

By Lucy Whitehouse

A collaboration between Korea and Malaysia could see Korea leap to the forefront of halal beauty innovation and manufacture, an industry expert has suggested.

Philippines soap brand going global

Philippines soap brand going global

By Lucy Whitehouse

A personal care company in the Philippines has announced it is expanding its operations due to increasing global demand.

Global plantation company commits to fully traceable palm oil

Global plantation company commits to fully traceable palm oil

By Lucy Whitehouse

With sustainable palm oil a hot topic for the beauty industry, companies are mobilising to meet demand for full traceability, with Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) having just committed to achieve a fully traceable supply chain within the next four years.

ASEAN delegation heads to Korea for insight on cosmetics growth

ASEAN delegation heads to Korea for insight on cosmetics growth

By Lucy Whitehouse

Officials from various of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are taking part in a delegation to South Korea this week, in a bid to learn more about the ongoing booming success of the country’s beauty industry.

Kanebo looking to double sales and expand across Asia

Kanebo looking to double sales and expand across Asia

By Lucy Whitehouse

Kao-owned cosmetics firm Kanebo is looking to double sales of its leading brand, Kate, by entering it into the markets of Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore and by strengthening its offering in China.

Unilever Indonesia set to enjoy stronger performance

Unilever Indonesia set to enjoy stronger performance

By Lucy Whitehouse

Personal care giant Unilever has seen its sales slow in Indonesia, but with the domestic market now picking up across the board, commentators suggest the Dove and Axe parent-company’s fortunes are about to turn.

Indonesia regulatory body under scrutiny

Indonesia regulatory body under scrutiny

By Lucy Whitehouse

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the sole organisation responsible for the accreditation of halal products and brands in Indonesia, has come under fire for not revealing its financial reports.

Cosmax bags halal certification in Indonesia

Cosmax bags halal certification in Indonesia

By Lucy Whitehouse

Global beauty player Cosmax has received halal certification for its manufacturing facilities in Indonesia from international accreditation agency, Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI).

L'Oreal CEO on the opportunities in Indonesia

L'Oreal CEO on the opportunities in Indonesia

By Simon Pitman

Jean-Paul Agon, CEO of beauty giant L’Oreal, has spoken about the opportunities he believes are presented to the beauty industry by the Indonesian market.

The Philippines looking to develop its halal market

The Philippines looking to develop its halal market

By Lucy Whitehouse

The Philippines is looking to bolster its halal industry, and has introduced various new bills to encourage the manufacture, accreditation and trade of domestically produced halal products.

P&G to better cater to South Asia with Telangana hub

P&G to better cater to South Asia with Telangana hub

By Michelle Yeomans

Proctor & Gamble India is the latest cosmetics giant scrambling to better cater to South East Asia, with a center in Telangana that will focus on the home, beauty, baby and feminine care segments. 

Croda invests in Alkoxylation plant in Singapore

Croda invests in Alkoxylation plant in Singapore

Speciality chemical ingredients manufacturer, Croda has expanded its alkoxylation facilities on Jurong Island as it strives to "provide innovative solutions closer to customers in the fast growing markets of Asia Pacific".

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