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July 16, 2013
Synthetic biology start-up Modular Genetics (Woburn, MA) says it has demonstrated the production and downstream purification of the surfactant acyl glutamate via fermentation. Modular...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/Synthetic-biology-start-up-demonstrates-glycinate-production_53686.html
July 11, 2013
The European Union today adopted modified rules on cosmetics, strengthening safety standards and providing better information for consumers, the European Commission says. Cosmetics...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/New-EU-rules-aim-to-put-safer-cosmetics-on-shelves_53523.html
July 1, 2013
Orocobre (Brisbane, Australia) has decided to relocate its borax chemicals plant at Campo Quijano, Argentina, to the company's Tincalayu, Argentina mine site, the company announced...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/Australias-Orocobre-to-relocate-Argentina-borax-chemicals-plant_53291.html
June 14, 2013
Codexis and Chemtex (Tortona, Italy), a chemical engineering and renewable technology firm, announced it has successfully started production of their newly developed cellulosic...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/Codexis-and-Chemtex-begin-production-of-cellulosic-detergent-alcohols_52837.html
May 15, 2013
BASF says it has boosted its presence in the enzyme technology space, via three separate transactions. The company has identified the enzymes business as a key growth area to...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/BASF-boosts-its-footprint-in-enzyme-technologies_52019.html
April 4, 2013
Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (HUL; Mumbai), a subsidiary of Unilever, has become sole owner of Aquagel Chemicals (Bhavnagar, India) by buying the shares it did not own in the company...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/Reports-Hindustan-Unilever-acquires-remaining-shares-in-Aquagel-Chemicals_50951.html
April 3, 2013
Sasol Olefins & Surfactants (Sasol O&S; Hamburg), a subsidiary of Sasol, has sold its entire share of Sasol Gulf (Dubai) to Anichem (Dubai), Sasol announced today. The...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/Sasol-Olefins-and-Surfactants-sells-Dubai-unit-to-Anichem_50917.html
January 31, 2013
Innovation and sustainability were top concerns at ACI's annual conference in Orlando this week, as raw materials price volatility eased up and soap and detergent manufacturers look...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/ACI-2013-Emphasis-returns-to-innovation_49490.html
January 30, 2013
Univar has announced the opening of a personal-care, and household and industrial cleaning laboratory in Dubai. The new laboratory extends the company's ability to provide expertise...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/Univar-opens-laboratory-in-Dubai_49440.html
January 21, 2013
Novozymes (Bagsvaerd, Denmark) generated a 9% year-on-year increase in revenue during the fourth quarter of 2012, amounting to 2.8 billion Danish kroner ($499.5 million), the company...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/Novozymes-reports-9-percent-increase-in-fourth-quarter-revenue-appoints-new-CEO_49149.html
December 6, 2012
Evonik says it will begin implementing a "pan-European distribution concept" in its household care business line on 1 January 2013. Brenntag has been named as Evonik's...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/Evonik-partners-with-Brenntag-for-pan-European-distribution-of-household-care-products_48180.html
August 15, 2012
A recent report published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) links triclosan, a common chemical in antibacterial soap, to diminished performance in isolated...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/Controversial-UC-Davis-Study-on-Triclosans-Alleged-Danger-to-Humans_45632.html
August 10, 2012
Warwick Chemicals (Mostyn, U.K.) has agreed to acquire International Detergent Chemicals (IDC; Cork, Ireland) from Dubag Celtic Holding (Cork). The deal is expected to be completed...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/Warwick-to-Buy-Detergent-Chemical-Firm-in-Ireland_45550.html
June 3, 2012
Sabic announced on Saturday that its affiliate Saudi Kayan (Jubail, Saudi Arabia) has shipped its first consignment of ethanolamines and ethoxylates from its manufacturing plant...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/Sabic-Commissions-Ethanolamines-and-Ethoxylates-Complex-the-First-in-the-Mideast_43931.html
April 3, 2012
Algae oils firm Solazyme (San Francisco) and Bunge say they have signed a definitive agreement to form a tailored oils joint venture at Bunge's Moema, Brazil facility. The site will...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/Bunge-Solazyme-Form-Triglycerides-JV_42452.html
March 8, 2012
A study by the Silent Spring Institute (Newton, MA) says a review of 213 cleaning products, cosmetics, personal care and other common consumer products show they contain “complex...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/Industry-Disputes-Methodology-Used-in-Cleaning-Products-Study_41882.html
March 6, 2012
BASF and Petronas today signed a heads of agreement (HOA) in Kuala Lumpur to jointly develop several downstream projects within the previously announced Refinery and Petrochemical...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/BASF-Partners-Petronas-in-Rapid-Project-Advances-Kuantan-Investment_41809.html
January 19, 2012
Novozymes has reported a 13% increase in net profit to DK1.8 billion ($313 million) for full year 2010, on sales up 8% to DKr 10.5 billion. Exchange rates had a negative impact, with...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/Novozymes-Hits-2011-Financial-Targets-Is-Cautious-on-Outlook-for-2012_40584.html
January 11, 2012
Sasol Germany (Hamburg) has agreed to sell its production site at Witten, Germany, and the associated oleochemicals business to Cremer Oleo (Hamburg). Approval by the relevant German...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/Sasol-to-Sell-One-of-Its-Production-Sites-in-Germany_40373.html
December 15, 2011
A renewable chemicals firm has been spun out of Yale University to develop and commercialize a new class of surfactants for a range of consumer and industrial products. P2 Science...
http://www.chemweek.com/markets/specialty_chemicals/soap_and_detergents/Yale-Chemists-Found-Renewable-Surfactants-Firm_39709.html
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