Cosmetics

ChemSpec's Cosmetics Division Now U.S. Distributor for SABO

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UNIONTOWN, OH— Monday, October 15, 2018- CHEMSPEC, LTD’s Cosmetics Division announces distributorship in the United States for SABO, an Italian producer specialized in emollients, surfactants, emulsifiers, and actives.  

 SABO has been producing high quality actives and functional ingredients for over 80 years.  Their personal care product ingredients create premium quality formulations, innovative textures, and easy to handle production processes.  In 2016, SABO launched their personal care line with multifunctional ingredients for skin and hair.  Their Research and Development team continues to support the improvement of new products for preventative care. The use of natural raw materials combined with state -of- the- art production plants & processes enables Sabo to offer outstanding solutions to the Personal Care Industry. Sabo also provides expertise in formulation and regulatory assistance to safely respond to the customer’s challenges.

ChemSpec is excited of this distributorship agreement.  ChemSpec’s Cosmetics Sales & Marketing Director, Marie Graet, explains: “SABO has developed new, greener and multifunctional Emollients that have Active benefits, Natural Sensory Agents, and Natural Exfoliants that are perfect complement to our portfolio.”

 The Cosmetics Division will be representing SABO at the annual In-Cosmetics North America show at Javits Center, New York on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 through Thursday, October 18, 2018.  Stop by their booth and speak with Marie or Technical Sales Manager, Michelle Barsoum, for technical and sales support.  For additional information, contact Marie Graet at email:  mgraet@chemspecltd.com.

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ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based management-owned chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is a subsidiary of Paris, France-based SAFIC-ALCAN. ChemSpec, Ltd. also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO). ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics and cosmetics compounding market segments

ChemSpec's Cosmetics Division Announces East Coast Distribution for ACTIVON

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UNIONTOWN, OH— Monday, October 15, 2018- CHEMSPEC, LTD’s Cosmetics Division announces east coast distributorship with ActivON, a South Korean producer specialized in antimicrobial technology and actives.

 Founded in 2009, ActivON is a manufacturer of effective and eco-friendly cosmetic ingredients based on Green and biotechnology.   ActivON’s manufacturing facility in South Korea supports an innovative research and development team providing new technologies and services to over sixteen countries across the globe.  In addition, the teams at ActivON also work to provide continuous sustainable development inside their company facility and outside in surrounding communities providing education and training. 

 ChemSpec will focus on distributing their Natural Glycols - Natural Propanediol, Natural Butylene Glycol, and Natural Pentylene Glycol.  ChemSpec’s Cosmetics Sales & Marketing Director, Marie Graet, explains: “ActivOn’s Natural Glycols are a great Green ingredients addition to our cosmetics portfolio.”

 The Cosmetics Division will be representing ActivON at the annual In-Cosmetics North America show at Javits Center, New York on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 through Thursday, October 18, 2018.  Stop by their booth and speak with Marie or Technical Sales Manager, Michelle Barsoum, for technical and sales support.  For additional information, contact Marie Graet at email:  mgraet@chemspecltd.com.

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ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based management-owned chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is a subsidiary of Paris, France-based SAFIC-ALCAN®. ChemSpec, Ltd. also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO). ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics and cosmetics compounding market segments.

ChemSpec's Cosmetics Division Eastern Distributor For SILOK®S SiCare Brands

ChemSpec's Cosmetics Division Now Eastern Distributor for SILOK'S SiCare Brands

SILOK's SiCare natural oil silicone, elastomers, emulsifiers

UNIONTOWN, OH— Tuesday, September 18, 2018- CHEMSPEC, LTD’s Cosmetics Division announces Eastern distributorship with SILOK’s American subsidiary, Silokchem, Inc., for their SiCare brands of personal care products. This distributorship covers the areas east of the Mississippi River and Texas.

Founded in 2004, SILOK is a global manufacturer of silicone materials with innovative R&D centers, marketing, and manufacturing locations supporting three brands and 420 products in the coating and inks, personal care, plastic and rubber markets. Their SiCare personal care products are produced by Hunan SilokSilicone Co., Ltd. In 2018, Hunan SilokSilicone launched natural oil modified silicone bringing a safer and healthier element to personal care. ChemSpec will focus on distributing these silicones that include silicone oils, silicone elastomers, and silicone emulsifiers. ChemSpec’s Cosmetics Sales & Marketing Director, Marie Graet, explains: “Natural oil replaces a part of silicone which makes these products more natural, increases their compatibility with other oils, and provides a unique sensory.”

The Cosmetics Division will be representing SiCare at the annual In-Cosmetics North America show at Javits Center, New York on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 through Thursday, October 18, 2018. Stop by their booth and speak with Marie or Technical Sales Manager, Michelle Barsoum, for technical and sales support. For additional information, contact Marie Graet at email: mgraet@chemspecltd.com or visit our website: www.chemspecadditives.com

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ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based management-owned chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is a subsidiary of Paris, France-based SAFIC-ALCAN. ChemSpec, Ltd. also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO). ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics and cosmetics compounding market segments

ChemSpec's 5th Annual 2018 Team Building Event

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ChemSpec's 5th Annual Team Building Video. Enjoy the images of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. We had our Q3 Sales Meeting at the Renaissance Cleveland, dinner at the Chops Restaurant, team building at Escape in 60, team building with hosts from Taste of Cleveland with Iron Chef contest, Scavenger Hunt, and ending with bowling at the Corner Alley.

ChemSpec's Dave Moreland Supports Real Men Wear Pink

Did you know…

More than 3.5 million women are living in the U.S. with a history of breast cancer. Some of them are cancer-free, while others still have evidence of cancer and may still be undergoing treatment.

I am supporting them by wearing pink and raising money as a REAL MAN WEARING PINK!

Please join me and make a donation by clicking on this link: 

2018 Real Men Wear Pink - Stark and Tuscarawas

 Dave Moreland, President & CEO

Dave Moreland, President & CEO

Once at the website, scroll to find and click on my picture, you will be directed to my page and can click to donate!

It is that simple to make a difference! 

Thank you for your donations!

                                                                                   Dave 

Chinese Tariff Impact on U.S. Polymer Compounding & Ingredient Mixing Industries

Friday, August 10, 2018 UNIONTOWN, OH—ChemSpec, Ltd. feels it has a responsibility to its customers to help them stay abreast of issues that may have a large impact on their respective businesses. To this end, ChemSpec believes the pending TEN PERCENT (10%), or now possibly TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT (25%), tariff increase on Chinese goods, could have a major effect on chemicals, polymers, and other compounding ingredients that ChemSpec (and also many other chemical distribution firms) sells to elastomer and plastics compounders.     

BACKGROUND:

Over the course of past 12 months, the current U.S. Presidential Administration has made it known that it would like to better level the competitive playing field when it comes to imports and exports with China. Due to this, beginning in the spring of 2018, it commenced assessing additional duty on imported goods coming from China.  Between March and June 2018, on 2 separate occasions, it located and assigned an additional duty rate of 25% on many specific commercial goods being imported from China to the United States (approximately $50 billion worth of product).  A portion of those duty increases (also known as tariffs) commenced being assessed on products hitting U.S. Ports in early July, while hearings recently wrapped-up in relation to another portion of those products and those tariffs will go into effect on August 23rd. Very few of the above-described increased tariff assessments however really impacted the chemicals and additives ChemSpec distributes to its various polymer compounding customers.

JULY 10TH & AUGUST 1ST PRESS RELEASES:

All this changed with a press release issued by the United States Trade Representative on July 10, 2018 (see press release here: https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2018/july/statement-us-trade-representative).  In that release, the Administration explained that it was going to assess a new round of tariffs concerning an additional $200 Billion in Chinese imported goods.  The duty rate for these goods is to be 10%, plus whatever the existing duty rate already in place is.   In this list of goods that are to be assessed at an additional 10% duty rate, many are products used in elastomer and plastics compounding, and consequently, some of those products ChemSpec distributes across North America. (See the original list and remarks summary here, pp. 11-205: https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/301/2018-0026%20China%20FRN%207-10-2018_0.pdf). Moreover, less than 30 days after this July 10 press release, the Trade Representative notified the industry that it may change this 10% tariff hike to 25%, because of the decreased value of Chinese currency, but that change has not yet officially been determined as of the time of this release. (See this August 1 Press Release here: https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2018/august/statement-us-trade-representative). 

Please note though that ChemSpec sources its products from across the globe and China is but one source of our materials; many of our products come from Europe and other parts of Asia.  You will need to ask your respective sales team member to see if your product(s) is impacted. In addition, just because you “think” you are purchasing a product from a chemical distributor that is sourcing product made locally in North America (or some other non-Chinese source), ChemSpec urges its customers to double-check, as many products are private labeled from China to the U.S.  If you do not do your own research into this issue, you may find that you get a big price hike on many raw materials without anticipating it.

WHAT NEXT?

The comments period for these proposed tariff increases is just opening and hearings are in the middle of August. The hearings and comments period close on September 5th, so it will likely be sometime between September 6th and the end of September before we see any of these newer tariffs actually enacted and hitting product at U.S. Ports.

Moreover, this is a political maneuver by a Presidential Administration that does not seem to fear pushing the envelope when it comes to tough negotiations with other countries, and so maybe some of these goods get assessed, maybe all of them, or maybe none of them. Only time will tell. It is certainly not an exact science and none of us will know until we are told by the Federal Government officially. 

We invite you to reach-out at any time for a discussion on this topic; we appreciate your patience and proactivity as we progress through these increased tariffs.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Wagner

ChemSpec's Marketing & Law Director

ChemSpec's Supplier, Zochem, partnering with ARPM for Dickson, TN Plant Tour

Zochem & ARPM offering plant tour of its Dickson, TN, zinc oxide facility  

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Dickson, TN - Zochem will host a plant tour event on Thursday, March 29. Highlighted as the newest zinc oxide production facility on earth, rubber industry executives will have an opportunity to tour the newest, state-of-the-art zinc oxide manufacturer on the planet, Zochem.

The Zochem leadership team has utilized it's more than 250-years of combined experience in zinc oxide manufacturing to improve its plant's capabilities. Cutting-edge improvements in key steps in the production process have significantly improved the end product, such as a new pneumatic conveyor, new control systems, and a self-designed/high-efficiency product filter collector. Additionally, the entire company’s culture is safety-driven.

This safety-mind culture is top-driven, has transformed the workforce, and can be seen throughout the entire company. Their safety record is impeccable and stretches back over 1,644 days without a medical aid accident. The continuous improvement culture has noticeably impacted operational results allowing Zochem to significantly grow their business in just three years from zero sales to North America’s largest zinc oxide manufacturer. During this plant tour event, executives from ARPM member companies and special guests will have an amazing opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art facility in Dickson, TN, while increasing their knowledge of how instrumental zinc oxide is in each of our lives.

During the tour, participating executives will gain new ideas and have the opportunity to challenge traditional paradigms and their own vision of manufacturing throughout.

For more information visit www.arpminc.org.  - or * Email

ChemSpec Announces Newest Addition to Cosmetics Sales Team

UNIONTOWN, OH – December 6, 2017 – CHEMSPEC, LTD. announces Michelle Barsoum as their newest addition to the Cosmetics Sales Team.  Michelle is now the Cosmetics Division Technical Sales Manager, reporting to Marie Graet, the Cosmetics Division Director of Sales & Marketing.

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Michelle graduated with a B.A. degree in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University. She started her career as a formulation chemist in skincare applications for a prestige beauty company. Michelle worked on complicated formulas where she incorporated several actives into different product forms and textures. Part of her role was also the procurement of specialty cosmetic ingredients.

Michelle lives in Middlesex County, NJ with her family and two boxer dogs and enjoys spending time at home. She is also a Makeup Artist and therefore always stays updated with new trends and upcoming products. She loves to be innovative and always tries to think outside the box when approached with challenges. She tutors kids at her local church on the side and enjoys volunteering whenever possible.

According to Marie Graet, “Bringing Michelle on board with us will help strengthen our cosmetics growth strategies in both technical and sales. Please join me in welcoming Michelle to our cosmetics sales and marketing team.”

Welcome Michelle!

 

ChemSpec Enhances Quality Department with Addition of FTIR Equipment

When you talk about differentiation, you think of ChemSpec, Ltd.  Why?  Because the team at ChemSpec continues to find ways to bring value to their customers versus the competition.  Due to our significant sales growth, ChemSpec’s President and CEO, Dave Moreland, wanted another way to bring value to the market place with a more diversely trained technical department.  Quality and ISO Manager, M. Scho Wolers, has been a significant part of ChemSpec’s growth providing our sales teams with the technical information needed to bring products to our customers.  

Most recently, Scho teamed up with ACE Products and Consulting to develop an exclusive lab for utilizing FTIR equipment for chemical analysis.  Scho explains:  “Investing in the FTIR equipment means many opportunities for our customers.  This equipment will allow us to test product that has arrived from our suppliers, provide IR curve reports to our customers in a timely fashion, and the ability to work on new product development for customers who are leaning on our technical guidance.”

The FTIR equipment is an infrared spectroscopy that provides an easier way to identify the presence of certain functional groups in a molecule for organic chemistry.  In addition, the analysis can also use the unique collection of absorption bands to confirm the identity of a pure compound or to detect the presence of specific impurities.  

Along with the enhancement of ChemSpec’s quality department with the FTIR equipment, Scho is also managing our annual ISO and NACD membership.

ISO CERTIFICATION
ChemSpec is an ISO certified (through Perry Johnson Registrars & ANAB Accredidation) chemical distributor with an in-house quality control department managed by Scho.  Dave Moreland explains:  “By having Scho manage our day-to-day requirements for ISO certification, we are able to continue to provide our customers with quality products from quality suppliers.”  The ISO certificate is available on our website for review or download.  

NACD MEMBERSHIP
ChemSpec is a candidate for membership with the National Association of Chemical Distributors.  We are looking forward to the rewards and benefits the NACD brings enabling us to strengthen our current and future partnerships and our sustainability practices. 

 

ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is subsidiary of Paris, France-based Safic-Alcan.  ChemSpec, Ltd.  also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO).  ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics, waxes, and cosmetics market segments.