International News Members of the Dublin, Ireland City Council have proposed a restriction on the sale of aerosol spray paint to those over 16 years of age in response to increasing instances of spray paint graffiti in the city. The proposal is currently under consideration. Graffiti removal costs local authorities approximately €600,000 ($832,000) each year, said councillor Pamela Kearns. British aerosol packaging suppliers reported widespread increases in demand in the third 36 Spray April 2014 and fourth quarters of 2013, which appear to be continuing into 2014, according to market research outlet EUWID.com. This was a welcome development on the heels of relatively weak demand earlier last year, said EUWID. Packsys Global plans to upgrade its facilities to increase efficiency and productivity. The Swiss manufacturer of monobloc aerosol can production lines, which recently completed major installations in Asia and South Africa, currently manufactures lines that can produce up to 200 cans per minute. Packsys now aims to increase the maximum output of its lines to 230 cans per minute, greatly reduce energy consumption and revamp the printing and labeling technology on its production lines. The direct selling business in China has doubled to nearly $15 billion since 2008, but with allegations of abuses by Nu Skin Enterprises, China plans to tighten rules on how directsales companies train sales staff and introduce products. According to Bloomberg, China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce is drafting rules that would regulate sales force training, monitor marketing meetings and tighten application procedures when direct sellers seek to enter new regions in China to offer new products. Tighter restrictions stand to affect the China operations of direct-selling companies including Amway Corp., Herbalife and Mary Kay Inc. China had banned door-to-door sales in 1998, saying it wanted to end “a decade of rampant pyramid sales abuses.” The country lifted the ban seven years later, after Amway and other direct sellers lobbied U.S. policy makers to lift the ban as China negotiated to enter the World Trade Organization. Amway is China’s biggest direct seller with a 30% market share. China’s Lee Kum Kee Co. is second, with cosmetics seller Mary Kay ranked third and Nu Skin fourth with a 6.6% share. The Body Shop has pulled all of its products off shelves at duty-free stores operating in airports in China. The company says the removal is temporary, depending on whether or not these products fall under China’s animal testing requirement. L’Oréal, which owns The Body Shop, says they are looking into the matter. They are also assuring Body Shop customers that its opposition to animal testing for cosmetics, as well as the brand’s position as a crueltyfree company, has not changed or been compromised. Croda positioned itself to meet the growing demand for permissible specialty cosmetics among the growing population of Muslim women in the UK with the announcement that its Rawcliffe Bridge facility will now produce Halal ingredients in full accordance with Islamic Law.
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