July 2014

The Latest Industry Headlines

Crown Aerosol Packaging North America bolstered its selection of services by adding advanced lithographic printing capabilities. In addition to consulting on visual development of aerosol can printing, customers will now be able to work directly with in-house ink technicians. The ability to collaborate onsite at every stage of the production process is expected to help alleviate challenges such as discrepancies between initial mock-ups and finished products.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced its finding that Honeywell’s newly-developed Solstice Propellant (also known as HFO-1234ze) has a global warming potential of less than one, lower than that of carbon dioxide. Solstice was developed as a replacement for high global warming potential and/or ozone depletion potential propellants such as R-12 and HFC-134a, which are currently being phased out by governing bodies across the globe.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will review Teva Pharmaceuticals’ application for approval of a lower dose of its QNASL aerosol nasal allergy spray to be administered to children ages 4-11. The waterless intranasal spray is currently available for the treatment of seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis in adults ages 12 and up.

Procter & Gamble will construct a new $89 million, one million square-foot distribution center in Dayton, OH. Providing 800 new jobs, it is one of the largest development projects in the region in a decade. The facility is slated to open its doors in February.

The state of Minnesota banned the use of triclosan in most personal care products, effective January 1, 2017. The chemical is currently used in about 75% of anti-bacterial soaps and body washes marketed in the U.S., according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), but recent studies have raised questions about the substance’s potential to disrupt essential hormones and contribute to harmful dioxins in the environment.

In order to better protect consumers from allergens in fine fragrances, the European Commission announced the introduction of tighter regulations on ingredients and labeling to take effect at the end of the year. Oak moss and tree moss, two popular base notes, as well as HICC, a synthetic molecule that simulates the scent of lilies, will be banned for their allergenic potential. Additionally, the number of possible allergens that must be labeled if present was increased from 26 to more than 80. The commission relented on initial plans for an outright ban on nine other ingredients, including citral, found in lemon oil, and eugenol, from rose oil.

Ashland Specialty Ingredients introduced a new web-based tool to help manufacturers of skin and hair care products identify the preservatives best suitable for specific formulations. Using criteria such as pH range, areas of distribution, product applications and chemistry options, the new tool quickly identifies all preservative options with consideration to regulatory compliance. The tool can be accessed at www.preservativeselector.com.

Symrise announced the establishment of a strategic partnership with two non-profit organizations, the Global Nature Fund (GNF) and the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT), to promote sustainable raw material sourcing and raise awareness of the importance of preserving biodiversity worldwide at every stage of the supply chain.

French personal care brand Yves Rocher announced plans to open 10 stores in Brazil by the end of 2014. The company, which already operates in Brazil through distributors, opened its first store in the largest South American nation last December, in Sao Paulo. A second store in Sao Paulo opened in May, while a third was launched in Rio de Janeiro in June.

The Southern Aerosol Technical Association (SATA) announced that Jim Scalfani, Senior Product Development Manager at Wal-Mart, will serve as keynote speaker at the association’s 2014 Fall Meeting, October 2-5 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Scalfani has held his current postion since 2005 and will speak to attendees about product development from a retailer’s perspective. SPRAY