Tough palm oil questions at roundtable
GreenPalm, the sustainable palm oil certificate- trading programme, will be asking delegates to answer some difficult questions at the 12th Annual Roundtable Meeting on Sustainable Palm Oil (RT12). The questions will be posed via a display panel at GreenPalm’s exhibition booth during the conference in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia from 17-20 November 2014.

Milder skin-friendly range for Bangkok show
Clariant has addresses the increasing consumer demand for milder, skin-friendly personal care products with the launch of its new range of multifunctional co-surfactants at in-cosmetics Asia 2014. Offering a combination of excellent cleaning performance and mildness, the ingredients will open the door to inspiring new skin and hair care formulation concepts.

Website for China market
Ashland has announced the launch of its Chinese website:, designed to meet the growing needs of customers, suppliers, media and other key stakeholders in China.

Trend for clear products
There is a growing trend for transparent products in the Asian cosmetics and toiletries market. Many products claim to use ‘clear’ formulation techniques in their gels and emulsions. Consumers always enjoy using clear products as they deliver cooling and soothing effects which are suitable for hot weather and high humidity.

Silica production capacities expanded
Evonik Industries has announced an expansion of its specialty silica capacities in Ako, Japan through a holding in DSL Japan Co. Ltd. (DSL).

GMP certification awarded
Crodarom has been awarded the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification for cosmetic ingredients by SGS according to the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients (EFfCI).

Information portal unveiled
Schülke & Mayr GmbH has opened a new information portal on the subject of microbial stabilisation of cosmetic products.

Two new additions at Bangkok
To help foster greater understanding of fast moving R&D trends, in-cosmetics Asia is debuting two innovative additions to its show – the Interactive Formulation Laboratory and the Fragrance Zone.

Quest for sunscreen in Tanzania
BASF , alongside the Regional Dermatology Training Centre, has been helping people with albinism in Tanzania through a support programme that includes sunscreen production.

New regulation changes
By June 2015, US chemical manufacturers and importers will be required to comply with new US OSHA Hazard Communication regulations with adoption of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

US subsidiary opened
Berkem, French-based cosmetics active ingredient supplier has announced the creation of its US subsidiary, Berkem USA.

Personnel changes at DSM
DSM’s Personal Care Business Unit has announced following appointments.

Distribution agreement
Blagden Specialty Chemicals, a distributor in the cosmetic and beauty industry, is becoming the key partner of Sollice Biotech to supply products in Great Britain and Ireland.

New distribution deal announced
AAK Personal Care has expanded its global distributor network with ABA Mexico. The Mexican cosmetic industry amounts to approximately US$9 billion per year, which ranks as the second largest in Latin America (after Brazil). In 2013, market growth was 5% and this year’s forecast is at the same level.

Award for hair growth organic ingredient
Mibelle’s AnaGain ingredient was the winner of the Advanced Ingredient Award 2014 at Beyond Beauty in Paris. The award was given for the first time to the most innovative hair care ingredient of the year at the Beyond Beauty Lab.

Brazilian production facility
Evonik Industries will start operations in a new plant to produce ingredients for customers in the cosmetic and consumer goods industries in Americana (São Paulo state, Brazil).

Optimal HA turnover
Optim Hyal has been designed by Sederma to stimulate hyaluronic acid neosynthesis and sustain its turnover. It restores the optimal level of hyaluronic acid in the skin to make it smooth, moisturised and supple as young skin.

Conference presentations
Greentech delivered two oral presentations at IFSCC Paris, which was held from 27-30 October.

Sustainability plans outlined
Naturex has revealed new developments in its sustainability programme. ‘Pathfinder’ reflects Naturex’s ability to explore new roads to sustainability without applying a rigid model.

Marketing appointment at Surfachem
Surfachem Ltd, a 2M Holdings Ltd Company, announces a new appointment to its sales and marketing team.