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The Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA) was scheduled to introduce its first major overhaul of liquid Tide laundry detergent in nearly a decade in July 2010, according to press reports.
Briefs inform August 2010, Vol. 21 (8) 498 France’s Rhodia announced in June that it is acquiring China-based Feixiang Surfactants, Detergents, & Personal Care News Chemicals (ZJG). More than half of Feixiang’s sales of amines and surfac- tants occur in the Home and Personal Care market segment, Rhodia told CosmeticDesign-Europe.com, adding that the company plans to integrate Feixiang’s specialty amine technolo- gies into its Novecare business port- folio. Oliver Hufer, vice president of Rhodia Novecare’s Home & Personal Care division, said “Asia-Pacific is a fast-growing region for the surfactants market, which is growing at approxi- mately 10% in developing countries such as China and India, and at a lesser rate of around 3% in countries such as Japan and Australia.” nnn Sasol is constructing a purified tri-ethyl aluminum (TEA) production unit at its Sasol Olefins & Surfactants (O&S) plant in Brunsbüttel, Germany. The facility, with an initial annual capacity of 6,000 metric tons, is expected to open in early 2012. Sasol O&S says it is the world’s largest producer of TEA at its Ziegler unit in Brunsbüttel, BASF acquires P&G reformulates Germany, and in Lake Charles, Louisi- ana, USA. TEA is mainly used as a co- catalyst in the industrial production of polyethylene and for the production of Cognis Tide and nixes Tide medium-chain-length alcohols. nnn Germany’s BASF agreed in June 2010 to pay Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Permira Basic Global specialty chemicals supplier Advisers Ltd. €3.1 billion ($3.8 billion) for The Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G; Cincin- Cognis has opened a new production specialty chemicals producer Cognis of nati, Ohio, USA) was scheduled to intro- facility for alkyl polyglucoside (APG) Monheim, Germany. The deal moves BASF duce its first major overhaul of liquid Tide surfactants at its site in Jinshan, China. from No. 3 to No. 1 in the personal care laundry detergent in nearly a decade in July The company also produces APG sur- ingredients market. 2010, according to press reports. factants in Düsseldorf, Germany, and The two private equity firms acquired The new Tide Actilift will be available Cognis from Henkel AG in 2001 and cut in some varieties of Tide and includes active Cincinnati, USA. 39% of the workforce, largely through the ingredients aimed at better removing stains nnn sale of the leather-processing and fatty-acids as well as preventing them. A new analytical method could spell units. Currently, Cognis is segmented into Chief Financial Officer Jon Moeller the end of the use of shark liver oil- three business units—care chemicals, nutri- announced the change at a Deutsche Bank derived varieties of squalane, an emol- in Paris in June. He added that the prod- tion & health, and functional products. lient used in cosmetics. The substance ucts have been available in Europe since Cognis has about 5,500 employees is manufactured either by using olive oil January 2010, where P&G’s market share and operates in 30 countries, with sales of distillates or, more controversially, with has increased two percentage points to €2.6 billion in 2009. BASF is based in Lud- the liver oil of rare deep sea sharks. wigshafen, has around 105,000 employees almost 28%. The new method is detailed in Rapid worldwide, and posted sales of more than Moeller also said that all of the com- Communications in Mass Spectrometry €50 billion in 2009. pany’s Tide and Gain powdered detergents (24:1810–1816, 2010). The transaction, pending approval by will use one-third less packaging and will nnn regulatory authorities, is expected to close receive “formula upgrades.” Those products
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