Lanxess among new members to join Soap & Detergent Association

SDA welcomes Gereke Chemicals, Innophos, ISP, Kao Specialties Americas, Lanxess, Monosol, OCI Chemical, Warwick International to membership...

WASHINGTON, DC, Dec. 2, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA), the organization of the U.S. Cleaning Product and Oleochemical IndustriesSM, has added several new members to its ranks, following formal approval from the association's board of directors.

Recent additions include:
-- Gereke Chemicals Inc. (www.gerekechem.com), based in Pasadena, TX, is a manufacturer of oleochemicals and intermediates and a custom chemical manufacturer for a variety of organic and inorganic chemicals.
-- Innophos Inc. (www.innophos.com), based in Cranbury, NJ, is a leading North American manufacturer of specialty phosphates.
-- International Specialty Products (www.ispcorp.com), based in Wayne, NJ, is a large specialty chemical manufacturer. In the household markets, ISP sells a variety of specialties including disintegrants for laundry, dishwashing and household cleaning tablets, dye transfer inhibitors, soil release and anti-redeposition agents, wetting agents for household cleaners, and biocides for HI&I cleaning products.
-- Kao Specialties Americas LLC (www.ksallc.com), based in High Point, NC, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kao Corp., Tokyo, Japan. Kao Corporation is a $7 billion conglomerate established in 1887 that develops, manufactures and markets personal care, industrial, information, and chemical products.
-- Lanxess Corp. (www.us.lanxess.com) was formed when the Bayer Group combined most of its chemical businesses and large segments of its polymer activities, with U.S. headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA. Lanxess is an international chemical company that manufactures high-quality products in the areas of chemicals, synthetic rubber and plastics. The company's portfolio comprises basic and fine chemicals, color pigments, plastics, fibers, synthetic rubber and rubber chemicals, leather, textile processing chemicals, paper chemicals, material protection products and water treatment products.
-- MonoSol LLC (www.monosol.com), based in Portage, IN, and established in 1953, is the world leader in manufacturing specialty water soluble plastic films that are used in the packaging industry as a vital part to the single dose concept.
-- OCI Chemical Corp. (www.ocichemical.com), based in Shelton, CT, is a leading producer of soda ash, a major raw material used in glass production and in the manufacture of dry detergents, and sodium percarbonate, also widely used in detergents and personal care products.
-- Warwick International Group Ltd. (www.warwickint.com), based in Flintshire, UK, manufactures and markets speciality chemicals for a diverse range of industrial applications, including bleach activators for the detergent industry.

Membership in SDA is open to companies who have U.S. sales of household, industrial and institutional cleaning products, their ingredients or chemicals used in their manufacture; manufacturers of finished packaging; and oleochemical producers.

SDA (www.cleaning101.com) represents manufacturers of household, industrial, and institutional cleaning products; their ingredients; finished packaging; and oleochemical producers. SDA members produce more than 90% of the cleaning products marketed in the U.S. SDA is located Washington, D.C.

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