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HENKEL Honors WACKER for its Innovative Silicone Emulsion for Hair-Care Products

Munich, Feb 25, 2015

Henkel, a brand and technology leader, awarded the Munich-based chemical company WACKER for its best beauty care innovation contribution in 2014. Carsten Knobel, Henkel’s chief financial officer and member of the Executive Board, and Dr. Thomas Förster, corporate vice president R&D Beauty Care, presented the award at the 2015 American Cleaning Institute Annual Meeting, which was held in late January in Orlando, Florida (USA). Further supplier awards went to BASF, Stepan and Solvay.

WACKER received Henkel’s Best Innovation Contributor Beauty Care 2014 award for the development of a new silicone microemulsion for shampoos and hair-care products. Tests show that the emulsion makes both wet and dry hair significantly easier to comb.

In addition to WACKER, nominees for the Best Innovation Contributor Beauty Care Award were US silicone manufacturer Dow Corning and Croda, a UK based producer of oleochemicals and specialty products. Its novel silicone microemulsion for hair-care products made the Munich chemical company stand out above its competitors. “In 2014, WACKER clearly made the largest contribution to beauty care innovation,” said Förster at the award ceremony. The new silicone emulsion forms a protective film on the surface of the hair, which considerably improves the combing properties of damaged hair, continued the R&D head. “This allows us to develop new, innovative hair-care products. That is why we are presenting this year’s innovation award to the Munich-based WACKER Group.”

The silicone microemulsion belongs to a new generation of film-forming, aminofunctional silicone emulsions developed especially for use in hair-care products. Silicone lends hair a soft, silky feel and makes both wet and dry hair easier to comb. In addition, silicone protects hair from fading and from heat damage caused by hair dryers. The microemulsion is suitable for use in formulations for shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, pump sprays, styling applications and products that prevent fading and heat damage.

WACKER SILICONES President Dr. Christian Hartel expressed his thanks for the award on behalf of the development team. “Henkel is one of our key customers in the hair-care and beauty-care field. This award motivates us in our joint work going forward. It also gives us an idea how much our customers benefit from our product innovations.” The consumer goods group from Düsseldorf processes a wide variety of other silicone materials from WACKER for products such as building protection agents, adhesives and sealants.

“Both companies generate profitable growth with innovative products and technologies that are tailored to the needs of their customers”, emphasized Hartel. “The Best Innovation Contributor Award strengthens our resolve to continue developing our partnership and collaborative efforts with Henkel. This will help us do an even better job of supplying the attractive hair-care and beauty-care markets with customized products in the future.”

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