Dow forms nanotech sun care product venture

14 May 2008 18:25  [Source: ICIS news]

EDISON, New Jersey (ICIS news)--Dow Chemical has formed a joint venture with Advanced Nanotechnology of Perth, Australia, for the marketing of Dow’s first sun care ingredient in North and Latin America, a company executive said on Wednesday.

Through its Amerchol business, Dow will market ZinClear IM zinc oxide dispersions, which provide both ultraviolet (UV) A and UVB protection in sunscreen and daily wear cosmetic products. The technology was launched for the US market this week at the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) Suppliers’ Day trade show in New Jersey.

ZinClear has already been commercialized in the Australian sun care market, Denise Elias-Costrini, global marketing manager for Amerchol, said from the sidelines of the trade show.

“Zinc oxide is a natural mineral that has long been used in sunscreens, for more than 100 years, but consumers don’t like its opaque white color on the skin,” said Elias-Costrini.

“With ZinClear IM products, formulators will be able to use high concentration of zinc oxide in sunscreen in a transparent formulation,” she added.

Dow Amerchol is looking to expand its sun care product portfolio and already has several products in the pipeline, said Elias-Costrini.

At the Suppliers’ Day show, the company also featured its newly launched delivery system, SatinFX, which enables both hydrophobic and hydrophilic actives to be encapsulated in a variety of skin care products.

The two-day cosmetic ingredients show ends on Wednesday.

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