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The average growth rate of specialty biocides used in disinfectants and sanitizers in household, industrial, and institutional cleaners was 2.9%' in 2008, which exceeded the 1% growth of the overall biocide industry in the United States, according to Specialty Biocides 2008: A Global Series of Regional Market Analyses from consulting and research firm Kline & Co. of Little Falls, New Jersey, USA.
Briefs inform August 2009, Vol. 20 (8) 525 S&D News The Procter & Gamble Co. (Cincin- nati, Ohio, USA) has acquired the Zirh skincare brand from Zirh International Corp. (New York, New York, USA). Zirh is a premium male grooming brand available in high-end department stores, specialty outlets, and online. Like P&G’s recent acquisition of The Art of Shaving, the acquisition of Zirh “supports P&G Beauty & Grooming’s strategy to build the world’s premier male grooming company,” said the company in a news release. nnn Bradford Soap Works (West Warwick, Rhode Island, USA) acquired custom so a p m a nu f ac t ure r S t a hl S o a p (Hoboken, New Jersey, USA) for an undisclosed sum on June 9, 2009. A Bradford spokesperson told HAPPI magazine the company intends to “bring the majority, if not all, of the manufacturing of these products into our West Warwick facility.” nnn Laffans and This will be the first surfactants manu- facturing plant for Huntsman outside of the Huntsman United States, the report noted. collaborate Market report on Laffans Petrochemicals Ltd., which is based in Mumbai, India, and Huntsman biocides Corp. Singapore Pte Ltd., a unit of the US- The average growth rate of specialty bio- based chemicals manufacturer, have signed cides used in disinfectants and sanitizers a letter of intent “to share knowhow, exper- in household, industrial, and institutional tise, and resources for specialty chemicals.” cleaners was 2.9% in 2008, which exceeded A report in the Hindu Business Line news- the 1% growth of the overall biocide indus- Oregon was set to be the 13th US paper suggests the companies “intend to try in the United States, according to Spe- state to regulate the amount of phos- leverage each other’s capabilities and cialty Biocides 2008: A Global Series of phorus allowed in residential automatic resources for surfactants and amines man- Regional Market Analyses from consult- dishwashing detergent after the state ufacturing in India.” Laffans’ responsibili- legislature passed a bill to that effect ing and research firm Kline & Co. of Little ties reportedly will include manufacturing Falls, New Jersey, USA. in late May 2009. As of June 15, the and raw material sourcing, whereas Hunts- In 2008, the US specialty biocide governor had not yet signed the bill man’s role would include commercial infra- market was valued at just under $2.0 billion, into law, but was expected to do so. structure, branding, product range, global with market volumes approaching 272,155 The bill bans the sale of residential approvals, technology, and manufacturing metric tons. Water treatment is the leading dishwasher detergents in Oregon with processes. application group in the United States, with more than 0.5% phosphorous content According to the newspaper, “the halogenated biocides the leading category by July 1, 2010. Commercial products planned technology transfer will include owing to significant consumption within are exempt from the ban. specialty nonionic surfactants, glycol water treatment. By contrast, the house- nnn ethers, and amines for a wide range of hold, industrial, and institutional cleaning Consumer products publicized as the markets, including agrochemicals, house- products industry consumed around $130 “world’s first and only line of house hold, personal care, oil and gas, and auto- million of specialty biocides in 2008. products that are both eco-certi- motive brake fluids.” AUG 09 INFORM.indd 525
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