2005-02

TRICLOSAN BAN IN NORWAY

Chemistry Today: February 2005

Norway’s national consumer council and food safety authority is calling for a ban on products containing the antibacterial compound Triclosan. Findings of a scientific committee on food safety indicated that use of Triclosan can promote the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria.

US BIOCIDE DEMAND TO REACH $2.3 BILLION IN 2008

International Pest Control: January 2005

Demand for biocides in the USA is projected to grow 4.8%/y and reach $2.35 bn in 2008, according to a study by the Freedonia Group. Growth will be driven primarily by surging production levels in a number of key markets, such as pulp and paper production, food and beverage processing, and plastics production. Other factors that would contribute to growth include increased awareness of the dangers posed by bacterial growth and foodborne pathogens. Premium specialty biocides are increasingly being used as an alternative to chlorine and other commodities in water treatment applications. Halogens will continue to dominate the speciality biocides market, mainly due to their strong position in both recreational and industrial water treatment. Phenolic compounds are expected to record the strongest growth, mainly due to strong demand for triclosan, an antimicrobial additive used in personal care applications.

BAYER HOUSES BIOGENIUS R&D

ECN: February 2005

Speciality biocides business BioGenius has launched its research, development and testing activities at Bayer’s site in Monheim, Germany. BioGenius was officially established last December, after consultation with the Bayer Chemical Start-Up Initiative, run by Bayer Industry Services, and securing support from Bayer CropScience, Bayer HealthCare and the Leverkusen Business Development Agency.

The firm began operations in January, with 11 employees. BioGenius tests and develops biocidal products such as insecticides, pesticides and cleaning agents. Because of the EU Biocidal Products Directive, manufacturers must now verify the action and efficacy of biocidal ingredients, and substitute them if necessary.

STEPAN TO ACQUIRE BRAZILIAN SUBSIDIARY OF UNILEVER

Chemical Week: February 2005

Stepan has announced that its Brazilian subsidiary, Stepan Quimica Ltd., has entered into an agreement to acquire FCC - Comerico E Industria de Productos de Hygiene e Limpeza Ltda, a subsidiary of Unilever Brasil. According to Stepan, the acquisition will be a milestone in its globalization strategy. FCC provides 83,000 metric tons of anionic surfactant capacity and will allow Stepan to better serve the growing Brazilian market with local production.

SEACELL INTRODUCE LYOCELL FIBER WITH SILVER ANTIMICROBIAL

International Textiles: January 2005

At the Expofil Textiles Tradefair, SeaCell Active was launched to the market. SeaCell Active is a silver containing lyocell fiber and claims health promoting effects through the incorporation of powdered seaweed. The fiber is produced using a lyocell process developed by Zimmer AG in cooperation with its subsidiary SeaCell GmbH (formerly Alceru Schwarza) in Rudolstadt, Germany.

Similar to the original SeaCell product, which does not contain silver, SeaCell Active was initially introduced for sportswear, workwear and home textiles, but now has potential for bioactive textiles in specific body regions or for people with skin conditions and with a high susceptibility for fungal and bacterial infections.

An invitro study conducted by researchers at the Department of Dermatology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany has demonstrated the antifungal and antibacterial effects of SeaCell Active. A SeaCell spokesman said bioactive textile products required at least 10 % SeaCell Active in blends with other fibers. He added that in vivo studies are currently in progress with results due in the middle of 2005.