Castrol, an Indian brand of lubricating products, has expanded into the auto care segment. The new range of products include Chain Cleaner, Chain Lube, 3-in-1 Shiner, 1-Step Polishing Compound and Anti-Rust Lubricant Spray.

“The auto care segment is growing at a rapid pace with today’s consumers being increasingly invested in the care of their vehicles, thereby creating a need for reliable and trusted brands,” said Sandeep Sangwan, Managing Director, Castrol India Limited.

“From fighting rust to dissolving oil and grease, our range is a new way to look after the parts that matter,” he added.

Castrol will continue to explore inclusion of other auto care products to cater to customer needs, the company said.

The Midwest Aerosol Association (MAA)  will host a one-day seminar on Thursday, November 9.  

Titled “Aerosols: Promotion thru Education,” the seminar will be presented at the Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant in Schaumburg, IL (located at 1901 E. Woodfield Drive; phone: 847-240-5600).  The program will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Hot Shot Ant, Roach & Spider Killer aerosols from Specttrum Brands have been newly reformulated with fragrances designed to mask that “unmistakable bug spray smell.” The improved scents provide an enhanced experience with the same  results consumers have come to expect from Hot Shot insecticides—without the odor.

Hot Shot Ant, Roach & Spider Killer aerosols feature three new complex fragrances—Crisp Linen, Fresh Floral and Lemon—formulated to provide the same results without any harsh smell.

The new spray scents – Crisp Linen, Fresh Floral and Lemon – were developed in response to feedback from consumers, who indicated that the harsh smell of traditional insect control products was instantly recognizable and unpleasant. The retooled formulas blend complementary notes to create three new household-friendly fragrance profiles.
  • CRISP LINEN A fresh, clean, sophisticated scent with a warm blend of ozonic, amber and musk notes – a new addition to the Hot Shot Ant, Roach & Spider Killer lineup
  • FRESH FLORAL Inspired by nature, this vibrant scent blends aromatic lavender and eucalyptus fragrances with the natural freshness of geranium and sage scents
  • LEMON Fresh citronella scent is mixed with uplifting lemon verbena, refreshing eucalyptus and cool mint notes

The powerful formula knocks down insects in seconds, kills ants, roaches, spiders and other listed insects on contact, and keeps killing for up to three months. The spray dries quickly to leave no oily, sticky residue behind. It can be used indoors as a spot treatment along baseboards, in cracks and crevices and around pipes and plumbing, or used outdoors around doors, windows, patios or other areas insects may enter.

“Our improved ant, roach and spider formula isn’t your typical insecticide,” said Javier Andrade-Marin, President of the Spectrum Brands Home & Garden business unit, manufacturer of Hot Shot insect control products.

“These complex scents address a common consumer drawback of treating for insects around the home to make it a little more pleasant to get the job done,” he said.

To learn more about Hot Shot® insect control products, visit

The National Aerosol Association (NAA) has set the date for the Aerosol Summit 2024. The conference will be held from April 8-10, 2024, at the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown in Nashville, TN.

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The Western Aerosol Information Bureau (WAIB) has changed the location for its upcoming 2023 Conference, to be held October 9-11. The new venue will be the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino in Incline Village, NV.

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WD-40 is calling all Doers, Makers, Fixers and Builders to enter the brand’s “Repair It, Don’t Replace It Challenge.” The contest is the perfect opportunity for anyone who loves to fix, create and make things work like new again, says the company.

To enter, use your ingenuity and skills and show WD-40 how you repair any item in need of a little TLC. Submit a photo or video of your project and share why you chose to make the repair. By entering the contest, you have a chance to win up to $3,000 while also reducing waste and preserving valuable resources. 

The contest is open to U.S. residents from May 1 – July 17. No purchase necessary. For details or to submit entries, visit


Colonial Chemical, Inc., of South Pittsburg, TN, has announced the additions of Laura Morrisson as Western Territory Manager and Josh Stuart as Southwest Territory Manager for North America.

Morrisson brings over 25 years of sales experience in the specialty chemical field, most recently as Director of Sales and Marketing for Norman, Fox & Co., and earlier as Western Regional Senior Account Manager for Huntsman Performance Products. She combines her extensive chemistry and commerce backgrounds to manage sales for personal care and HI&I accounts in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada. She is based in Los Angeles, CA.

Stuart comes to Colonial Chemical with over 15 years of sales experience in HI&I, personal care, lubricants, metal working fluids and oilfield chemicals from previous Sales Manager positions for Sasol and Oxiteno.  He brings his chemistry and sales background to oversee sales accounts for Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. He is based in Houston, TX.

“Both Laura and Josh exhibit comprehensive skills and understanding of our principal technology platforms at Colonial,” said Daniel McCaul, Sales Director.

“We are delighted that they both will represent our company and bring this much depth to our sales efforts,” McCaul added.

The Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) has opened the Call for Papers for podium presentation consideration at the 77th Annual Scientific Meeting & Showcase, which will be held December 11-13 at the Sheraton New York Times Square in New York City.

Now in its 77th year, the annual meeting is where more than 1,000 subject matter experts, decision makers, and influencers gather for technical education sessions and networking opportunities.  The showcase features more than 100 poster and tabletop exhibits showcasing new product innovations, raw materials, technologies, and student research making the annual meeting one of must-attend events in the industry.

“I am excited to work with our Committee on Scientific Affairs in developing another first-class technical education program this year,” said Erica O’Grady, CEO of the Society.

“The annual meeting features the industry expertise, scientific advancements, and peer networking you just can’t get anywhere else,” she added.

This year, SCC is seeking abstract submissions focused on the following topics:

  • Skin Care
  • Hair Care
  • Color Cosmetics
  • Fragrance
  • New or Novel Ingredient, Process, and Formulation Technologies
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Beauty
  • Sustainability
  • Claims & Regulatory
  • Photoprotection
  • AI & Machine Learning
  • Biotechnology

To be considered for a podium presentation, interested parties should visit and submit their abstract by 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, May 15.

Diversified CPC International, Channahon, IL, a global producer and distributor of propellants, refrigerants and specialty gas products, has named Dileep Bendi as VP of Engineering & Technical Services. In this new position, Bendi will be responsible for providing leadership and management in the areas of process engineering, quality, technical support and product innovation.

Bendi joined Diversified CPC as an intern in 2009 and, a few months later, was hired as a process engineer. In 2014 he was promoted to Process Engineer Manager and in 2019 he became Director of Process Engineering & Product Innovation.

“Dileep is a true innovator,” said David Burks, President & COO of Diversified CPC.

“Since joining us 14 years ago, he has worked extensively with our safety, quality and sales teams to understand and thoughtfully address the needs of our customers and our business.

“His talent and knowledge have helped us enter new markets, expand operationally and chart a path for continued growth.”

Bendi has a Master’s degree in chemical and natural gas engineering from Texas A&M University.

Dial technology gives spray paint a major makeover

Rust-Oleum has launched its newest evolution, Custom Spray 5-in-1. The new spray paint technology empowers painters and allows them to confidently change spray patterns with a simple click of a dial.

The Custom Spray 5-in-1 gives do-it-yourselfers a choice of five different spray patterns, including fan sprays for larger surfaces and lower output sprays for detailed areas. According to the company, the new spray paint covers a wide, flat surface, a tangle of nooks and crannies—and anything in between—with less overspray, fewer runs and drips, less wasted paint and better results.

The dial-it-up paint has an advanced Stops Rust formula that provides 30% greater corrosion resistance and color retention, as compared to the original Stops Rust.

The five spray patterns include:

  1. High Output: This releases a higher volume of paint than Rust-Oleum’s standard spray. It can be used to coat large pieces and rounded edges faster and is suitable for projects such as skateboards, bookcases, desks and light fixtures.


  1. Standard: A classic spray, now with a twist. The traditional spray pattern makes for a comfortable application that works on a wide variety of DIY projects, such as lamps, vases, flower pots and birdhouses.


  1. Low Output: With less paint and more precision, Low Output sprays a lower volume of paint for more control when painting fine details, such as corners and edges. It helps prevent drips and overspray and can be used on door knockers, mailboxes, birdcages and metal railings.


  1. Vertical Fan: This offers even coverage on wide, long and flat surfaces. Consumers can spray side-to-side on large areas for a professional finish on porch swings, shelving, picture frames and chairs.


  1. Horizontal Fan: This tackles tall, flat surfaces with ease and can be sprayed up-and-down for even coverage and a professional finish on desks, chairs and picture frames.


“Custom Spray 5-in-1 was created after years of research and testing countless spray paint projects,” said Jeff Kistler, Executive VP, Product Management, Rust-Oleum.

“We listened to consumers who said they wanted more choice, control and creativity for their spray painting projects.”

To experience Custom Spray 5-in-1 technology through augmented reality, visit