Cosmetics Design: December 2010
Parabens are safe to use as cosmetics preservatives although use levels for some of the compounds in the family should be reduced, according to a European safety committee. The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has released its opinion on the use of parabens as preservatives in cosmetics products.
The family of preservatives has come under attack in recent years as critics claim they may have disruptive effects on the hormone system. However, the industry has consistently supported their use and submitted data to the SCCS on the safety of the ingredients. In this most recent opinion, the SCCS has looked at data submitted on butyl- and propyl-paraben.
In the report the committee states that human data was insufficient to fully characterise the effects of the substances on the hormonal system, and so instead it has opted for a ‘conservative’ estimate on the maximum use levels for the compounds. The SCCS' conservative estimate concludes that the use of butyl- and propyl-paraben is safe as long as their cumulative concentration does not exceed 0.19 per cent. This maximum concentration level is lower than that stated in Annex VI of the Cosmetics Directive, listing all preservatives allowed in cosmetics products with their relative concentrations, which states that parabens may be used singly up to a concentration of 0.4 per cent and 0.8 per cent if more than one is used.
Reflects current use levels
Although the SCCS are advising a lower use level of butyl- and propyl-paraben than the maximum allowed in the Directive, the UK cosmetics trade association (CTPA) says it reflects the levels that are currently used.
“The most important thing is that the levels they are suggesting for the substances approximately reflect current in use levels,” Emma Meredith from the CTPA told CosmeticsDesign-Europe.com. Although officially a manufacturer could put higher levels into a product (up to 0.4 per cent), 0.19 per cent concentration is likely to be sufficient for most uses, she explained. The SCCS also confirmed its view that methyl- and ethyl-paraben are acceptable for use at the levels described 0.4 per cent and 0.8 cumulatively, as described in the Directive. Although this is a positive opinion for methyl-, ethyl-, butyl- and propyl paraben, the SCCS said there was not enough data to conclude on safe use levels for isopropyl-, isobutyl- and phenyl-parabens.
According to a statement from the CTPA, these are not of commercial importance to the European cosmetics industry and so additional data was not generated in their support. “Members across Europe were asked whether they were interested in supporting these compounds and nobody did, suggesting they are not used in cosmetics,” he said.


Press Release: November 2010
Janssen Preservation and Material Protection (PMP) and the lifestyle innovator Kolon Life Science, signed a long term cooperation agreement paving the way for global success of the antimicrobial PYRION™ product line. The PYRION™ product portfolio consists of safe and effective fungicides and bactericides that are used in various industries. The agreement was signed today by Peter Putteman, Vice President of Janssen PMP and Sang-Joon Lee, Vice President of Kolon Life Science.
Janssen PMP has entered into a long term supply and distribution agreement with Kolon Life Science, which will allow for the PYRION™ product to become more readily available in the global market. The agreement allows for worldwide supply and distribution, with exclusive distribution in Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
This agreement brings together the complementary strengths of both companies. Janssen PMP’s presence in industrial markets in Europe and the United States as well as their experience and in-depth knowledge of regulatory requirements worldwide, along with Kolon Life Science’s strength in antifouling and personal care in the Asian and South American markets provide the foundation for a mutually profitable alliance. This agreement reinforces Janssen PMP’s position as a major player in the biocidal market, and provides Kolon Life Science with an improved access to the European and American markets. The PYRION™ agreement with Kolon Life Science is an excellent fit with Janssen PMP’s position and will boost the division’s competitiveness and capabilities in the area of the Biocidal Products.
Peter Putteman, Vice President of Janssen PMP, stresses that “We are delighted to have entered into this partnership with Kolon, and see it as a major breakthrough for the company. Janssen PMP and Kolon share the same long-term growth aspirations. I have no doubts that this new venture will contribute towards enhancing and securing the PYRION™ products place in the global market.”
Sang-Joon Lee, Vice President of Kolon Life Science who was in Belgium to sign the contract, adds “The alliance between Janssen PMP and Kolon Life Science will provide both companies with a more competitive position in the market. Consumers will have sustainable access to high quality products. The agreement signed today forms the foundation for further cooperation between the two companies.”
The PYRION™ product portfolio consists of safe and effective fungicides and bactericides that are used in various industries such as antifouling, wood protection, metalworking fluids, and in-can preservation and for protection of different materials such as industrial textiles, flexible polymers, adhesives and sealants. The products are also used in the cosmetics and personal care industries.
Janssen PMP - Preservation and Material Protection, a division of Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V., is a centre of expertise for preservation and material protection that forms part of Johnson & Johnson. Janssen PMP is specialised in the development of molecules capable of protecting agricultural produce, like fruit, and protecting various materials, like wood, textiles, paints and coatings from attacks by fungi, bacteria, algae, insects and marine fouling.
Kolon Life Science was established in January 2006, with its headquarters located in South Korea. Kolon Life Science, previously part of Kolon Industries Inc., is an ecofriendly material and bio research company that aims to be an active player in the life sciences and is dedicated towards becoming the pioneer of research and discovery in this field.


Specialty Chemicals: December 2010
After the acquisition of Feixiang Chemicals by Rhodia, the company becomes the largest surfactant company in Asia. Feixiang Chemicals is China's leading producer of amines and surfactants, and employs about 650 people. This acquisition will allow Rhodia to integrate specialty amines technologies, key intermediates of surfactants, into its Novecare business portfolio. Through the integration of Feixiang Chemicals, Rhodia becomes the largest international surfactant player in Asia. Furthermore, Rhodia enhances its footprint in the world's fastest growing region by generating one third of its net sales in Asia.


Press Release: November 2010
Thor has introduced an innovative highly concentrated glycol-containing benzisothiazolinone (BIT) product to its biocide range. ACTICIDE® B 40 is a clear, light yellow, 40% solution of BIT. Due to its low viscosity and only slightly alkaline pH, dosing and the incorporation of ACTICIDE® B 40 into products is made much easier. ACTICIDE® B 40 does not contain formaldehyde, heavy metals or halogen organic compounds. It significantly reduces the need for organic solvents and hence VOC levels in the finished product.
For all companies where pure BIT is part of the biocide product range and glycol-free aqueous biocide dispersions (such as ACTICIDE® BW 20 or ACTICIDE® BW 33) cannot be used, ACTICIDE® B 40 is the ideal solution to reduce not only VOCs, but also transport, storage, handling and overall biocide costs.


Press Release: November 2010
Office Depot and Agion announced a partnership that brings an added measure of security to Foray Security Pens in the form of antimicrobial protection. Designed to stay in place in high traffic areas, Foray Security Pens are prime targets for microbial growth. Agion’s antimicrobial technology is now incorporated into the pens’ design to inhibit the growth of damaging microbes on the pen’s surface.
Agion’s naturally occurring silver based antimicrobial technology inhibits the growth and propagation of bacteria on the surface of a product, adding an important layer of product protection. Unlike common disinfectant sprays and antibacterial lotions, the Agion antimicrobial solution provides continuous protection against microbes by releasing silver ions to the surface at steady rate – for the life of the product. Foray Security Pens with Agion technology will be used in offices, banks, retail stores, schools and hospitals around world.
“We are proud to partner with Office Depot to bring antimicrobial protection to their popular Foray Security Pen line,” said Paul Ford, chief executive officer of Agion Technologies. “Since Foray pens are used nationwide in the most high traffic areas, we’re glad that Agion’s antimicrobial technology can help add a measure of cleanliness to commonly used surfaces.”
Agion Technologies also announced that Thermoplastic Biologic, is to develop a line of thermoplastic tubing products and silicone seals enhanced with antimicrobial protection for the food, beverage, consumer and healthcare markets. Agion protection will be incorporated into a variety of tubing products for a myriad of uses, from potable water systems, to medical device products such as catheters and ventilation tubes, tubing for ice dispensing equipment, beverage dispensers, and air and gas lines.
Tubing that incorporates antimicrobial protection inhibits the growth of damaging microbes. For instance, Agion protection included in tubes for water filtration systems that carry liquid to and from various points throughout a home or building will hinder the growth of microbes that can impact quality.
“Our new family of products with Agion antimicrobial technology is not only a differentiator for our business, but more importantly, it delivers real value to our customers by giving them maximum flexibility of economy and functionality,” stated Bob DuPont Jr, President, Thermoplastic Biologic, LLC. “From water filtration and ice machines, to tubes used in sensitive medical capacities, Agion gives us all confidence that damaging microbes will not compromise the integrity of our delivery systems.”
Located in Newton since 2004, New Jersey, TBL offers a fully-integrated manufacturing capability which includes high purity injection molding and extrusion. TBL’s management team brings more than fifty years of knowledge in the fabrication of high performance plastics and offers a fully-integrated manufacturing capability which includes high purity injection molding and extrusion. The company offers a full line of standard fittings and tubing in a wide variety of materials for various high technology industries and commonly works with distributors and OEM’s to private label their concepts. TBL materials being processed with Agion protection are: Polypropylene, Polyethylene, PVC in a Phthalate Free version as well as a standard FDA version.
“Our customized product protection and enhancement solutions are used for a wide variety of industrial applications, and TBL’s new line of tubing and seals are a perfect example of the type of innovation we pride ourselves on being associated with,” said Paul Ford, CEO of Agion. “Our natural, silver-based antimicrobial solution will ensure TBL’s state-of-the-art tubing products will inhibit the growth of damaging microbes.”