Author: Georgina Caldwell

French Bioderma plans R&D centre and manufacturing base in India to push market share to 15 percent

French skin care brand Bioderma is said to be looking for partners to set up an R&D centre in India. Once volume reaches critical mass, the company would also look to establish a manufacturing base in the country, according to a report published on “The global skin care market is estimated to be nearly US$160 billion and in most of the markets (other than India), where we operate, we enjoy 12-14 percent market share. We have been a late entrant in the Indian market. At present, we have nearly 1 percent market share in India but, going forward,...


Customer-focussed approach will win consumers back, says JC Penney CEO

JC Penney’s CEO Marvin Ellison is keen to make the shopping experience more seamless and customer-focused, whether in store or online, in a bid to lure consumers back. His plans include a remodelled layout, improved loyalty scheme and more focused marketing, according to a report in Dallas News. Ellison is said to be looking at store layout, rebranding salons with In Style magazine and adding more beauty brands and products as well as positioning neighbouring departments logically to help shoppers navigate their way through the store. The new CEO is also keen to catch up with his competitors on...


L’Oréal to step up export and R&D from Indian hub

L’Oréal is said to be gearing up to increase exports from its Indian facilities to the region it terms ‘South Asia-Pacific’. which includes Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, and the Philippines. In an interview with the Business Standard, L’Oréal India’s Managing Director Christophe Letellier revealed, “We are partially catering to markets in southeast Asia from our plants in India. This will increase over time.” Plans are also in place to expand the reach of the French beauty giant’s Mumbai- and Bengaluru-based R&D units to cater for regional as well as local needs. “India is among five markets...


Former Givenchy Global President joins AmorePacific

Former Global President of Parfums Givenchy (LVMH), Thierry Maman has been appointed President of Pacific Creations France, a subsidiary of AmorePacific. Maman is charged with running the K-beauty company’s European operations, which includes popular brands such as Annick Goutal, Lolita Lempicka and Comité Vendôme. He will also play a key role in developing AmorePacific’s skin care brands presence in Europe. Maman has served six years at LVMH-owned Parfums Givenchy. Prior to his role at the French perfume house, he was Commercial Managing Director at department store Le Bon Marché....


BASF to up wax and emollient capacity with new China facility

Specialty chemical supplier BASF has announced that it will expand its emollients and waxes production capacity with a new plant at its site in Jinshan, Shanghai. The investment will complement the company’s current production of wax esters, emulsifiers and primary surfactants in Jinsan, to better serve the growing Asia Pacific personal care market. “Emollients and waxes are important in governing the tactile feeling and skin sensation of end products. China is one of the biggest personal care markets. Strengthening our production facility in China allows us to serve customers in the region quicker with greater flexibility. Combined with our...