BASF forms joint venture company with INEOS for styrenes
BASF and INEOS have formed a global joint venture company, named Styrolution, for the production of styrene, used in a number of applications for cosmetic packaging.
Palm oil production passes 5 million tonne mark
RSPO-certified palm oil production facilities produced their five millionth tonne of certified sustainable palm oil earlier this month, with nine percent of world production now certified.
Unilever inks Global Alliance deal with Jacobs to drive efficiency in investments
With rapid expansion on the cards at consumer goods giant Unilever, it has entered into a global alliance with Jacobs Engineering Group to support the delivery of its capital investments in the future.
L’Oreal lifts the lid on its newly-opened Gerland R&D centre
We spoke to L’Oréal’s scientific communication director, Patricia Pinaud to find out more about the objectives behind its newly opened Predictive Evaluation Center.
PZ Cussons lowers expectations following challenging trading period
PZ Cussons has admitted that trading remains challenging due to higher raw material costs, and tough markets in Europe due to UK input costs, and in Nigeria due to the ongoing elections, and has lowered its expectations for the financial year.
Studying genes could aid sustainable production of palm oil
A new research project aims to optimise the production and quality of palm oil, helping to produce more sustainable crops, by using molecular genetics to boost crop breeding.
Market researcher identifies four key industry strategies to focus on
A keynote presentation by Euromonitor International at the recent in-cosmetics expo in Milan has identified four key strategies aimed at growing cosmetics and personal care businesses.
Huntsman firms up acquisition of Indian chemicals business
Texas-based Huntsman Corporation has confirmed an investment in Indian Petrochemicals player Laffans, eight months after first announcing its intentions to buy.
Cosmetics serve as model for other industries in ASEAN market
As the Asia-Pacific region posts strong economic growth, the deputy secretary-general of ASEAN has stated the cosmetic and personal care export products ‘serve as a model for other industries' in the region.
Rexam reports record year for profit
Packaging firm Rexam has announced better than expected underlying profit for 2010, and expects further growth in 2011.
Tyrosinase not the only pathway of interest for skin lightening ingredients
Many of the skin lightening ingredients available on the market today concentrate on the tyrosinase pathway, one of the major enzymes involved in the production of melanin, but researchers suggest other mechanisms are worth investigating.
L’Oreal to open largest ever factory in Indonesia
L’Oreal will build its largest ever factory in Indonesia, expected to be operational this year, in an attempt to take advantage of the growing Asean market, according to press reports.
Lipotec develops operations in Oceania with new subsidiary
Spanish-headquartered ingredients supplier Lipotec has opened a subsidiary in Sydney in order to drive growth in the region.
Tupperware beauty sales and profits up although US suffered
Fourth quarter sales and net income for the beauty business of the Tupperware group was up on last year but its US operations still recorded a drop in sales.
Albéa has acquired Betts Group to expand in tubes market
Albéa (previously Alcan Packaging Beauty) has announced its acquisition of laminate tube manufacturer Betts Group, to become a leader in plastic and laminate tubes.
IFF invests in Greater Asia to meet growth in the region
International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) will be investing over $100m into plants in Singapore and China over the next three years.
Kao continues Asia Oceanic expansion with planned hair colour launch
Japan-headquartered Kao Corporation has accelerated its global product development, with plans to introduce its foam-type hair colour products in Thailand later this year.
Cargill snaps up Indonesian starch and sorbitol player
Cargill is to acquire Indonesian starch, sweetener and sorbitol company PT Sorini Agro Asia Corporindo, in a deal designed to help it better serve its customers in the Asia Pacific region.
An extract from the leaves of Java tea plant may help reduce oily skin
Applying an extract from the leaves of Orthosiphon stamineus, otherwise known as Java tea or Cat’s whiskers, can help reduce sebum production in the skin, reducing shine and decreasing pore size, claim BASF scientists.
Beiersdorf launches new affiliate in Vietnam
As part of ongoing efforts to expand operations in South East Asia and to target demand for its skin care products in Vietnam, Beiersdorf has founded a new affiliate, ‘Beiersdorf Vietnam Limited’.
Firmenich to jointly develop fragrance with US biotech company
Switzerland-based flavours and fragrance giant Firmenich is to jointly develop a fragrance ingredient with biotechnology company Amyris.
Dow Corning’s resin technology to feature at in-cosmetics Asia
Dow Corning Beauty and Personal Care will feature a new silicone resin blend for colour cosmetic, skin care, and sun care products at in-cosmetics Asia next week
Beauty industry needs to act responsibly to tackle deforestation, Beraca
Brazilian-based ingredients brand Beraca says that deforestation is one of the worst enemies to the planet and the beauty industry must act to ensure this problem is minimized.
Firmenich to set up new sustainable supply partnerships for fragrance ingredients
Switzerland-based flavour and fragrance company Firmenich revealed in its 2010 sustainability report that it is establishing four new sustainability partnerships.
Cognis to present new concepts and ingredients at In-Cosmetics Asia
Cognis Care Chemicals and Laboratoires Serobiologiques (LS) will respond to Asian market trends at In-Cosmetics Asia, by presenting new solutions to improve skin feel and achieve measurable cosmetic effects.
BRIC markets and beyond to be key to future beauty industry growth: Euromonitor
The BRIC markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China are set to be key to future growth within the beauty industry, according to market research company Euromonitor, with these four countries set to add half of the total $43bn absolute growth in the global...
Shiseido targets South Africa in expansion plans
Shiseido will be selling its products through a distributor in the Republic of South Africa in an attempt to expand its global footprint.
Chemical distributor IMCD buys companies in Asia and Southern Europe
IMCD Group is expanding its footprint in Asia and Southern Europe with the acquisition of a number of chemical distribution companies from Warwick International.
Formulating workshops make debut at in-cosmetics Asia
The in-cosmetics Asia trade show will be offering formulating workshops for the first time this year, giving delegates tangible advice on how to improve their formulations.
Huntsman agrees to purchase Indian surfactant manufacturer
Specialty chemicals business Huntsman has agreed to purchase the chemicals business of Laffans Petrochemicals.
PZ Cussons’ profits rise but revenues flat on currency impact
PZ Cussons has reported a rise in annual profits while adverse currency impacts and a lack of liquidity in Nigeria led to a slight drop in reported revenues.
Latin America boosts Tupperware beauty sales, but result fails to inspire financial world
Tupperware has announced a mixed bag for its Q2 financial results, as North American beauty sales dips, but sales in developing markets help to counterbalance results.
Shiseido targets Balkan Peninsula
Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido has signed a distribution deal with Everet Group to sell products in three countries of the Balkan Peninsula in Southeastern Europe.
Developing markets help drive big sales gains for L’Oreal
L’Oreal has proved it is well and truly on the road to recovery after posting double digit second quarter growth on the back of a particularly strong performance in developing markets.
Promise of fair and flawless skin key to targeting Asian market
Skin whitening and anti-acne products provide good opportunities for global companies targeting the Asian market as fair and flawless skin is a top priority, claim organisers of the upcoming in-cosmetics Asia trade show.
Brenntag moves from Asian foothold to operational network
Brenntag is to acquire Asian chemicals distributor EAC Industrial Ingredients for €160m cash in a move that will significantly expand its presence in the Asia food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical sectors.
Artiste Flavor Essence forms alliance to source natural fragrances
New Jersey-based Artiste Flavor Essence has forged a strategic alliance with Malaysia-based Bestino Natural Oils to source a number of naturally derived fragrances.
Sa Sa sales and profits rise on ‘buoyant’ performance in Hong Kong and Macau
A ‘buoyant’ performance in Hong Kong and Macau and strong online sales helped Hong Kong-based cosmetics retailer Sa Sa deliver a 2009 annual turnover of HK$4.1bn (€430m), up 13.9 per cent on the previous year.
Facial skin care market to be a focus of in-cosmetics Asia
The 2010 edition of in-cosmetics Asia has an educational thread that aims to open up the fast growing facial skin care market in Asia for international players as well as help Asian companies target Europe.
Marico acquisition opens up South East Asia region
Indian personal care products company, Marico, has acquired the aesthetics businesses of Singapore-based Derma Rx Asia Pacific through its skin care solutions subsidiary, Kaya.
Husks of popular Thai fruit could hold cosmetics potential
Hidden in the large, thick husk of the popular durian fruit is a polysaccharide with moisturization benefits, according to recent research.
Avon’s profits fall despite sales increase
Direct-seller Avon has reported a 14 percent increase in first quarter revenue aided by double digit sales growth in the company’s strongest markets; Europe and Latin America.
Unilever profits rise on big sales jump for personal care
Unilever has reported a strong rise in its first quarter profits, mainly driven by a strong sales performance from its personal care division.
Fairtrade: beyond certification
It is now possible for cosmetics companies to achieve Fairtrade certification for natural products that use ethically sourced ingredients. However, many brands are now going beyond certification, developing independent ethical standards to attract a more...
Unilever buys sustainable palm oil certificates for European business
Unilever has bought enough sustainable palm oil certificates to cover the requirements of its European, Australian and New Zealand businesses.
Restocking boosts Givaudan’s first quarter
Sales for fragrance and flavour supplier Givaudan are looking up in the first quarter of 2010 as customers return to normal buying patterns.
Shiseido enters Mongolian market
Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido is expanding its global footprint by commencing sales of its products in Mongolia.
P&G extends anti-aging technology to body wash
An anti-aging body wash from Procter & Gamble has hit US shelves this month and claims to improve skin elasticity and cohesion.
First international conference on Halal cosmetics and toiletries
The first International Conference on Halal Cosmetics and Toiletries is to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 13-14 April.
Navigating regulation and administration key to targeting China market
Getting a foothold on the ever-expanding China market requires dedication, product focus and the means to navigate regulation, says expert.