Chemicals Research

Dynamics of the Post Recession Period for the Chemicals Sector – Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose…

At least, that’s what Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr thought in 1849.  Last night I saw something that might suggest he was right but when I thought a little harder about it, well, I’m not so sure.

I was watching a TV broadcast about the celebration in Beijing of 60 years of communist government.  It gave me a sense of déja vu as I watched the missiles and tanks parade through Tiananmen Square under the gaze of the key political figures of today’s China.  It took me back to the early 60s, when, as a small boy, I would sit in front of our black & white valve TV as the BBC broadcast the Mayday parades from Red Square, Moscow.  The ICBMs, the tanks, the politburo sternly arrayed on their balcony – how similar it all seemed.  But then, how different China’s relationship is with the rest of the world, compared to the USSR of the 60’s.Continue reading

Nutritional Health and Wellness Products

Innovation Continues Within Health and Nutrition as Strong Growth Drivers Help Protect the Industry

As the economic downturn continues, it appears that one sector of the chemical industry is weathering the storm: food ingredients. In particular the segment targeted towards health and nutrition remains buoyant with a theme of disease prevention rather than cure being promoted. Also, new segments in the industry are emerging with softer trends now being explored such as ‘beauty from within’ – with anti-wrinkle, anti-ageing and protection from sun damage being at the forefront of this boom. Since the late 1990s I’ve observed a move from general wellbeing to products addressing specific health issues such as bone health, and now with a more holistic approach to maintaining health and wellbeing the opportunities for the industry appear endless.Continue reading

Cosmetics and Toiletries Market

Kline Says Personal Care Market Remains Promising for Chemical Suppliers

Despite the economic downturn, the personal care industry remains an attractive market for suppliers of performance ingredients aimed at delivering the results consumers demand from hair and skin products. The market is ripe for savvy suppliers who can find the right niche and the right buyers for their innovative products to capitalize on the demand for anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, and other products that offer pharmaceutical-quality results without the prescription or the high price. More…

Cosmetics and Toiletries Market

“Innovate!” – A clear message to personal care ingredient manufacturers

Innovation continues within the personal care ingredients industry with a significant number of new product launches at both In-Cosmetics and the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) Suppliers’ Day that happened recently. Examples include Eastman who promoted a natural emollient for leave on skin care products and Kobo launched a non-nano zinc oxide.Continue reading