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New household products review: batteries and bin liners enter eco arena

This month's look at the latest innovative product launches from the household goods industry sees environmental issues at the fore. Products including carbon neutral batteries and oxo-degradable bin liners show the continuing importance of sustainable, non-damaging materials and production methods in reaching environmentally aware consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Feb 2011
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Trouble in North Africa threatens Europe's fuel supplies

As revolution sweeps through the Middle East and North Africa, the region's economic stability is increasingly at risk. It took only two days for Libya to descend into full-scale civil war, and Algeria remains on high alert. While the political mayhem is a threat to Europe's post-colonial legacy, Libya and Algeria stand out from the rest due to Europe's dependence on their oil and gas resources.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Feb 2011
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New personal care products review: foundation offers portion control

The trend for pack design as a key component of modern make-up products is evidenced by two new launches which use novel packaging for both practical and decorative effect. Also in focus in this month's rundown of new personal care innovations is the childcare market, with one product that aims to make bath time fun for children, and another that aids the toilet training process.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Mar 2011
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New household products review: getting to the core of tissue waste

The waste associated with toilet tissue packaging continues to preoccupy the thoughts of manufacturers, as evidenced by a new launch which allows consumers to dispose of the toilet roll core without needing to leave the bathroom. Odor is another theme in this month's rundown of novel household goods industry launches, with insect-repelling garbage bags and a tablet odor eliminator hitting shelves.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Mar 2011
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Sanofi-Aventis/Regeneron: negative trial data may signal the end for aflibercept in lung cancer

New data indicate that the addition of aflibercept to docetaxel as a second-line treatment for patients with non-small cell lung cancer failed to improve overall survival in a Phase III trial. On the basis of these results and given the competitive landscape of the non-small cell lung cancer market, it is unlikely that Sanofi-Aventis and Regeneron will pursue an approval for this indication.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Mar 2011
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Digital postal mail: riding to the rescue with new opportunities

Digital communication systems such as digital postal mail could be a novel way for postal companies to address declining mail volumes, while also adding to their top-line. Digital mail can be used in a variety of ways and provides a secure, environmentally friendly communication channel. The success of the service depends to a large extent on partnerships being developed with service companies.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Mar 2011
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Targacept: potential shift in research focus for ADHD candidate

Targacept's investigational neuronal nicotinic receptor agonist has failed to meet its primary endpoint in a Phase II trial in adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Datamonitor expects that future development focus for TC-5619 will shift towards schizophrenia, in view of Phase II data demonstrating efficacy in the treatment of cognitive dysfunction associated with the condition.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2011
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Belgium: national energy regulator may be given additional authority in order to protect consumers

The Belgian minister of energy has tried to give the Commission de Regulation de l'Electricite et du Gaz the authority to influence price. Suppliers would have to submit an application to change tariffs, which the regulator would either approve or refuse. Yet with comparable levels of GDP and energy tariffs to its European neighbors does Belgium's energy market really need such radical measures?

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2011
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BT: carbon reduction efforts strengthen market position

In the wake of the EU Climate and Energy Package, which mandates reductions in energy use and carbon emissions, many European governments and companies now include more sustainability criteria in their tenders. With its own updated procurement policy, BT aims to credibly reduce its carbon footprint beyond its own direct emissions. This move will help it to win tenders and increase market share.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Apr 2011
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From less bad to more good: the personal care sustainability agenda is changing

An outcome from the 2011 in-cosmetics conference is that the focus of "sustainable beauty" is shifting, with personal care companies aiming for more positive, rather than less negative, environmental and social impacts. Industry players that communicate their sustainability initiatives in this way are likely to establish a stronger connection with consumers and will be best placed to succeed.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Apr 2011

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