Rhodia and KCI sign marketing deal for conditioning polymers

By Guy Montague-Jones

- Last updated on GMT

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In a bid to further extend its range of conditioning polymers, Rhodia has signed a global marketing agreement with South Korean firm KCI.

Under the terms of the agreement, France-based Rhodia will market KCI’s Polyquaternium-10 product range under the trade name Polycare.

Complete conditioning portfolio

Rhodia claims the partnership makes it the first company to propose a complete portfolio of conditioning solutions that includes guar derivatives, synthetic polymers and now Polyquaternium-10.

“With our expanded offer in conditioning, we are now in a position to propose one of the broadest ranges of solutions to conditioning needs and challenges faced by our customers,”​ said Sebastien Meric, vice president of Rhodia home and personal care.

The Polyquaternium-10 polymers may be used in a variety of cosmetic and personal care products, from shampoos and shower gels to make-up formulations.

Formulation benefits

Rhodia said the new line of polymers is composed of six grades and provides manufacturers with benefits such as transparency, foamy texture, wet and dry hair conditioning and easy-to-process formulations.

The company said besides providing it with a broader range of polymers for the personal care market, the deal will also be beneficial to its new partner KCI.

The Korean company will benefit from the expertise and knowledge at Rhodia, in addition to its global tech-support and commercial network.

To meet increased demand from the global market, the makers of the ingredients, KCI, will be increasing its Korean manufacturing capacity early in 2009.

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