Soaps, Detergents, Oleochemicals, and Personal Care
October 27–30, 2015 | Hyatt Regency Miami | Miami, Florida, USA

Practical Solutions for Tomorrow’s Challenges


The State of the Industries

Chair: Tom Branna, Happi, USA.

This session will review the current situation and future of the SODEOPEC industries, along with regulatory issues and how the start-up company brings innovation to market.


Beauty, Fashion and Home: Changing Roles, Changing Demand, Changing Expectations  
Amin Alkhatib, Euromonitor International, UK.
Female consumers remain the driving force behind expenditure across a range of industries but beauty and personal care, apparel and home care remain arguably  most associated with female participation. As the role of female ‘consumers’ evolves, in society, at work and in the home, how have these industries reacted and to what extent is success or otherwise seen in category performance?

Past, Present, and Future of Personal Care Cleansing Products
Ricardo Diez, Chanel USA, USA.
Not long ago, the expectation of a cleanser was to simply cleanse hair or skin with minimal irritation. Today, the most advanced products go well beyond that - they can hydrate and even restore damaged skin.  Unthinkable a few years back, this performance has resulted from major scientific breakthroughs – about one per decade- efficiently applied to the development of new products.

The improved products of the future must also be developed based on the application of steady scientific progress.  Marketing puffery, manipulation of scientific ability, and misinformation to consumers is not the way to the future.

It's Time for a Breather 
John E. Alessi, Whip-It Inventions, USA.
The multi-billion dollar chemical industry affects our everyday lives.  
The everyday chemicals found in our home are more dangerous than ever.  Our living and working spaces have become storage units for toxic chemicals and fumes. The dangerous residual impact is  eye opening and change is needed.
John Alessi, President of Whip-It Inventions, a Florida based Eco-Friendly products company, brings to light various issues we are faced with as consumers. He is passionate  about the industry’s need for disclosure make changes at the national level to create products that are not only safer, but more effective using ingredients which are non-toxic and safe to use around your family and pets.
As a US Manufacturer, John shares his insight on how to make a dent in the multi-billion dollar category…one household at a time.

State of the Regulatory Landscape 
Timothy Brown, Consumer Specialty Products Association, USA.
As we wrap up 2015 and look ahead to 2016, this program will examine the present regulatory landscape affecting the cleaning and personal care industries as well as discuss predictions for the coming year. Hazard communications regarding labelling, MSDSs, and other aspects of GHS are being adopted by more countries with the ultimate goal of harmonization has been a hot topic this past year and this presentation will discuss those various efforts.  In addition, this program will focus on current regulatory trends and issues including:

  • GHS around the world and the current impact on the U.S. and Canada
  • EPA SNURs and Work Plan Chemical activities
  • Laundry Packet activity and regulations  
  • US-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council Update
  • International free trade agreements which may impact stakeholders (TTIP/TPP)
  • REACH initiatives around the world (Korean REACH, Taiwan)

Bath and Shower Global Trends 
Wendy Diamond, MANE, USA.
MANE spans the globe analyzing and predicting what’s next in the global bath and shower market.  We will examine inherent regional differences in consumer needs and preferences while also drawing on overarching themes and similarities. Utilizing consumers’ lifestyles as key drivers in product development, MANE will highlight key and emerging ingredients, benefit needs, and how fragrance supports new product launches.


Sustainability in Action

Chair:  Brian T. Sansoni, American Cleaning Institute, USA.

Companies throughout the cleaning product supply chain are challenged with greater demands for transparency on how they operate sustainably and responsibly. This session will explore the drive for sustainability improvements at the company and industry levels, plus how it affects society at-large.


Partnerships with Purpose: How Clean the World Joins Forces with Industry to Make a Difference 
Shawn Seipler, Clean the World, USA.
Clean the World founder and CEO Shawn Seipler talks about what companies gain by engaging with social enterprises to have a positive effect on society, the environment – and ultimately on the bottom line. Shawn offers a brief history of CSR, and outlines the multiple benefits of engaging in socially responsible activities, including: standing out from the competition, building a positive brand reputation, attracting and retaining employees, attracting investors and lowering business costs.

Better Together: Sustainability Success Requires Industry Action 
Melissa Grande, American Cleaning Institute, USA.
Sustainability Challenges are quickly moving beyond the four walls of a company and collaboration is becoming the key to pursuing lasting and impactful sustainability progress. This presentation will outline the issues that matter most across the cleaning products industry value chain and the steps industry is taking to collaborate and drive change.

The Power of Sustainability
Raj Rajan, Ecolab, Inc., USA.
How do we leverage chemistry, data, and automation to tackle business challenges at the nexus of water, energy, nutrition, and health- enabling sustainable growth in a cleaner, safer, and healthier world?  This presentation will share strategies, tactics, and outcomes through recent illustrative case studies across the entire value chain in various market sectors.

Sustainable Innovation Across the Supply Chain
Arlan Peters, Novozymes North America Inc., USA.
As retailers and consumers demand more sustainable products, manufacturers and ingredients providers are looking at environmental impacts at various stages in value chain of a product.  How can we be sure that changes we make to products are living up to the promise of greater sustainability?  In this presentation we describe how Novozymes is incorporating life cycle thinking to understand the environmental impact of its current products and future products.   We will also examine how the demand for increased transparency and reporting is catalyzing change in the supply chain toward more sustainable production.

NMI's State of Sustainability in America—The Consumer Perspective 
Scot Case, Natural Marketing Institute, USA.
US consumers claim they are interested in healthier, greener, and more sustainable products and services.  Consumer interest in these types of products is even higher when consumers talk about cleaning products, laundry detergents, and personal care products.  Consumers say they care, but do they?  And if so, which consumers actually care? And what do they mean by healthier, greener, and more sustainable?  Which consumers are willing to pay more for these types of products?  What is the ROI of sustainability? What is the ROI of green marketing? NMI has been studying these types of consumer issues for more than 25 years. Scot Case will share some of NMI’s latest findings.


The Analytics of SODEOPEC

Chair:  George A. Smith, Huntsman Performance Products, USA.

The session will cover the manufacturing and testing of detergent products for home and personal care applications. Different analytical methods for determining product specifications will be surveyed, along with statistical quality control (SQC) techniques for optimizing the manufacturing process and product quality. The session will also discuss preparation of soil swatches for assessing the performance of laundry detergent formulations and different test methods for laundry, liquid dish, and hard surface cleaning applications. Use of image analysis and colorimetric determinations for optimizing the performance properties of finished products will also be discussed.


Specifications, Analytical Techniques, and SQC 
George A. Smith, Huntsman Performance Products, USA.
Customers in the soaps and detergents industry expect high quality and consistent raw materials and finished products from their suppliers.  To insure the highest quality and consistency, manufactures must establish product specifications and use statistical quality control (SQC) in their facilities.  Specifications must be stringent enough to insure consistency from batch to batch and usually include both sales and shipping specs.  Sales specs are the properties that the supplier agrees to meet to sell a product whereas shipping specs are properties that the manufacturing facility must meet to ship a product.  In general, shipping specifications are tighter than sales specs to allow for some drift during storage.    

Specification properties need to be measured in the quality control laboratory.  The analytical methods should be accurate, reproducible and not too time consuming.  Analytical methods can be divided into physical methods and performance tests.  Physical methods encompass product attributes like actives, color, pH or acid value and impurity levels.  Performance tests are concerned with how a product will perform in a formulated product and include thing like appearance, viscosity and foaming.  Supplier usually works with the end use customers to establish product specification to insure that fitness for use in different products and applications.

Depending on the product, different types of analytical methods are used including wet chemical methods and instrumental techniques.  Historically, wet methods have been used to measure chemical properties but are slowly being replaced with instrumental techniques as instruments have become more user friendly and instrument prices have decreased.  Wet methods include simple titrations and colorimetric tests.   Instrumental methods include spectroscopy and chromatography.  This presentation will discuss product specifications and SQC from a high level along with different analytical methods for measuring product specifications.

Statistical Quality Control
Joe Serdakowski, AutoSoft Systems, USA.
We now have the capability to collect large amounts of product quality data and manufacturing process data. The challenge is to turn this data into “Decision Ready Information”.  A simple to use Excel-based data analysis tool will be demonstrated and given to the conference attendees.

Analysis of Detergent Products
Franco Pala, Battelle, USA.
Monitoring the chemical composition of detergents commercialized worldwide is of strategic importance to industry and regulatory agencies in linking formulation evolution to changes in market demands, innovation, and regulatory requirements.  This paper presents an overview of the analytical procedures and instrumentation used to obtain an accurate characterization of the surfactants, builders, fillers, solvents, enzymes, and other constituents used in detergent formulation.  Special emphasis and detail are provided on the methodologies for the analysis of surfactants, complexing agents, and polymers.

Performance Testing Protocols
Tod A. Losey, Sterling Labs Inc., USA.
Differences in testing using industry-made stains and lab-made, “fresh stains” for the purpose of evaluating laundry detergents.
The presentation will show what we have found after testing the same detergents using similar stains, applied in different ways.

Soil Swatches for Detergent Testing
Thomas A. Klaas, Testfabrics, USA.
This presentation will attempt to provide a quick overview of the various commercially available pre-soiled test materials available for surfactant/detergency testing.

There will be a brief historical review of soil test cloth production, the various means of production and some of the basic parameters that need to be addressed in making consistent soil test materials.  A short technical paper from 1950 describing the development of a standard soil test cloth will be mentioned and included in the presentation copy to be made available to attendees.

A brief review of the various producers/vendors of soil test cloths will give attendees contact information and some information about them.
In addition, if time allows, some of the more common test equipment used in testing detergent formulations may also be presented.

An Innovative Method to Visualize the Cleaning Process in Real Time
Paul T. Sharko, Shell Global Solutions (US) Inc., USA.
Historically, detergent products for cleaning hard surfaces were dominated by powders and dilutable concentrated liquids.  Use of these products required significant quantities of water to dilute the products and often additional water to rinse the surface afterward.  The cleaning process was time-consuming; it involved sponges or mops with the consumer applying needed mechanical energy.

The methodologies used  to demonstrate the efficacy of these dilutable products (e.g. ASTM D4488) simulated  this cleaning habit.  Concentrated detergent products were diluted, applied to a soiled test surface, and scrubbed with significant force.  The endpoint (total number of scrubbing strokes) had to be decided in advance.  Moreover, for the test to be discriminatory, the endpoint left all test surfaces only partially clean.

Consumer preference has since evolved from the dilutable concentrate to a direct spray-on application followed by a brief and gentle wipe.  These products save water by not requiring the use of large quantities of water for washing and rinsing.  They also require the consumer to contribute much less mechanical energy in the form of scrubbing.  Formulation of this type of product requires surfactants that quickly supply chemical energy to the cleaning process and leave no residue.  To address this need we have developed a new line of nonionic surfactants that deliver superior cleaning performance even at short contact times.

Demonstration of the attributes of these new surfactant systems required an evolution in testing methodology as well.  To simulate this modern use habit we have updated the traditional Gardner tester with real-time data capture and analysis, essential for demonstrating the detailed mechanism of the cleaning process.  The test records the cleaning process from start to finish, allowing a variety of parameters to be calculated for the collected data.  We have also developed a soil composition that is more representative of typical kitchen soils.  Using this new method we demonstrate that our new surfactant systems deliver superior cleaning in a simulated spray-and-wipe application.


Contract Manufacturing

Chair:  David P. Hempson, Hempson Consulting LLC, USA.

Evolution of Contract Manufacturing in the Personal Care Industry—A 30-year Perspective
David P. Hempson, Hempson Consulting LLC, USA.
An in-depth review of the contract manufacturing industry from an insider’s view – how the industry has changed in the areas of selling strategies, customer expectations, and contract manufacturer capability. An overview of the direction of the industry and how market forces will shape the landscape as the contract manufacturing industry continues to evolve.


Industry Associations and Their Impact on the Contract Manufacturing Industry
Lisa Shambro, Foundation for Strategic Sourcing, USA.
An overview of the history of the Foundation for Strategic Sourcing –what compelled the formation of the F4SS; what is the role of the association in bridging the gap between customers and suppliers (contract manufacturers) in the areas of networking, establishment of industry standards, thought leadership, and continuous improvement.


Importance of Regulatory Controls and the Advancement  of Good Documentation Practices, Analytical Testing, Microbiological Testing, and Risk Management in the Contract Manufacturing Environment
Christopher Calhoun, KDC, USA.
Brand owners and regulatory agencies expect equivalent, or even superior, standards from contract manufacturing facilities, compared to the facilities of the brand owners.  This is especially challenging given the complexity and ever-changing customer and product portfolios of contract manufacturing firms.  In this presentation, Mr. Calhoun will discuss the critical importance of problem solving and risk management tools in this environment, and share specific documentation, testing approaches, KPI’s, and CAPA strategies to understand, communicate, and reduce risk internally, and to meet the expectations of business and regulatory customers.


The Future of Contract Manufacturing—Globally
Panel discussion: David P. Hempson, Lisa Shambro, and Christopher Calhoun
A round table discussion leveraging the presented topics as to where we see the contract manufacturing industry headed – as large food and consumer products companies look for agility, speed to market, and divest manufacturing operations, how will the contract manufacturing industry adapt?


From Solids to Liquids

Chair:  Jose Manuel Tamayo, Complexityless Solutions, LLC, USA.

Flexible Formulation for Soaps to Optimize Cost
Jose Manuel Tamayo, Complexityless Solutions, LLC, USA.
This interactive session will use a proven model to optimize the cost of bar soap formulation, based on the fats and oils market price and alternative raw material availability. This lecture also provides an overview of the key process fundamentals required to optimize and improve the manufacturing plant’s flexibility and output.


Computer Monitoring System for Bar Soap Processing
Pablo Felipe Quintero, Hada S.A., Colombia.
Accurate computer monitoring of the soap production processes (saponification, drying, finishing, and packaging) generates real-time tracking of critical variables such as temperature, pressure, vacuum, and other key variables. This can be done by integrating high-tech equipment for data acquisition with sensors and PLCs with software developed for data analysis, giving the manufacturer statistical control of the production through a virtual batch record. The presentation will illustrate the virtual architecture of the system, checking plants in real time, and monitoring statistical control of production lots.


Above and Beyond Bars—Welcome to Liquids Technology
Jose Manuel Tamayo, Complexityless Solutions, LLC, USA.
When moving from solids—bar soap to liquids—there are a lot of challenges to overcome to obtain a clear picture of what is key to make this move more effective and productive. Such as reducing the cost implications in formula and manufacturing processing. This presentation will analyze a basic formula to make body wash, highlighting the key cost drivers as well as the equipment required, then overview the market trends for liquid hand soap and body wash products in the USA.


Innovative New Ingredients and Technologies for Personal Care
Shyam Gupta, Bioderm Research, USA.
Review the exciting new and unusual ingredients and technologies for personal care. Today’s topics of current high consumer interest are skin rejuvenation, acne, skin clarification, and skin brightening. The presentation will also include a discussion on the potential, albeit futuristic, application of blue-sky pathways such as topical growth factors, stem cell therapies, senescense, autophagy, apoptosis, and mitochondria in personal care research. The emerging technologies in this presentation have the potential for the development of innovative, on-the-horizon skin care formulations.


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