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Source: Showa Denko K.K.
Showa Denko Allies with Azelis in Cosmetic Materials

TOKYO, Apr 11, 2016 - (JCN Newswire) - Showa Denko ("SDK"; TSE:4004) has agreed with Azelis that the two parties form a business alliance to market SDK's cosmetic raw materials in Europe.

Azelis is a leading global speciality chemicals distributor with businesses in 40 countries, providing a diverse range of products and innovative services to more than 27,000 customers. In the field of personal care products including cosmetic materials, its application research laboratory has developed more than 3,000 formulas. Through its suggestions of products that meets variety of uses and intensive technical support, Azelis has been expanding its scale of business. This time, SDK and Azelis concluded an exclusive distributorship agreement to enable Azelis to market SDK's vitamin derivatives (APM, APPRECIER(TM), TPNa(TM)), a slimming agent (Hi-Carnitine), and hair care products (DL-Cysteine, SPIERA(TM)) in Europe. Azelis starts its marketing activities for SDK's products form this month.

Whether a cosmetic material can demonstrate enough effectiveness depends on development of formulas. Moreover, the needs of customers to cosmetics greatly vary by region. SDK's cosmetic raw materials have already been rated high by customers inside and outside Japan. SDK expects that the sales of its cosmetic raw materials in Europe will significantly increase, taking advantage of Azelis' sales network in European countries and expertise and know-how about development of formulas that meet European consumers' needs.

Under its ongoing medium-term consolidated business plan "Project 2020+," SDK aims to expand its individualized businesses by accelerating development of overseas markets. SDK will further improve its sales network for cosmetic raw materials, thereby meeting customers' expectations at home and abroad.

Outline of Azelis Group

Head office: The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Establishment: 2001
Scope of business: Sales of speciality chemicals and innovative ingredients
Group CEO: Hans-Joachim Muller

The products subject to the exclusive distributorship agreement

Skin Care Lines: Vitamins
1) APM
APM is a stable and active provitamin C.
- Stable against oxidation
- Easy for formulation
- High skin bio-availability of vitamin C

APPS is a newly designed amphiphilic derivative of ascorbyl 2-phosphate (AP).
- Moderate hydrophobicity
- High transdermal permeation
- Effective delivery of vitamin C

3) TPNa(TM)
Vitamin E derivative, TPNa(TM), is designed as water-soluble powder which is quite stable but is readily converted to the active a -tocopherol in the skin.
- Water-soluble powder
- Easy for formulation
- High anti-oxidant effects

Skin Care Lines: Slimming
4) Hi-Carnitine (HLC)
L-carnitine is well-known supplement for weight control by combustion of accumulated fat. Our L-carnitine derivative, HLC, has advantage not only on slimming but on various skin troubles.
- Satisfactory transdermal bioavailability
- Efficient slimming effect
- Skin care efficacies on anti-age, hydration, and hair growth

Hair Care Products
5) DL-Cysteine, DL-Cysteine HCl
General cysteine-type permanent wave agents were difficult to use because of low solubility, segmentation and cloudy appearance in water. The improved DL-Cysteine agents have;
- No recrystallization
- High solubility in water
- High perming performance
- No harm on hair and hands

SPIERA(TM) is perm and hair relaxer agent with mild acidity and superior performance compared with current alkaline processing treatments.
- No damage on hair
- No chemical odor
- No coloring retardation

About Showa Denko K.K.

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK; TSE:4004, ADR:SHWDY) is a major manufacturer of chemical products serving from heavy industry to computers and electronics. The Petrochemicals Sector provides cracker products such as ethylene and propylene, the Chemicals Sector provides industrial, high-performance and high-purity gases and chemicals for semicon and other industries, the Inorganics Sector provides ceramic products, such as alumina, abrasives, refractory/ graphite electrodes and fine carbon products. The Aluminum Sector provides aluminum materials and high-value-added fabricated aluminum, the Electronics Sector provides HD media, compound semiconductors such as ultra high bright LEDs, and rare earth magnetic alloys, and the Advanced Battery Materials Department (ABM) provides lithium-ion battery components. For more information, please visit

Showa Denko
Public Relations Office
Phone: 81-3-5470-3235

Apr 11, 2016 12:45 HKT/SGT
Source: Showa Denko K.K.

Showa Denko K.K. (TSE: 4004)

Topic: Business Tieup
Sectors: Chemicals, Speciality Chemicals
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