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Suppliers' Day 2019

Thor Specialties is finalising preparations for its exhibit at t his year's NYSCC Suppliers' Day taking place in New York City in May.

The team will be showcasing an appealing new booth layout and will have a strong focus this year on hair care solutions.

We look forward to discussing out products and services with present and future customers at booth 229!


Holistic Symposium

Thor Specialties will be exhibiting at the 2019 Holistic Symposium in Minneapolis.

Please come and visit us at Booth #8 to speak with our sales representatives who can assist you with your preservation or other formulation needs.

The Conference will take place on March 12 & 13. We hope to see you there!



'Preservatives for Sun Care' published


An article entitled ‘The Selection and use of preservatives in skin and sun care products’ has recently been published in the Household and Personal Care Today (H&PC Today) journal. The article was written by Thor US Technical Manager for Personal Care & Household, Dr. Andress Johnson, in collaboration with Kevin Roden, Technical Manager for the Asia Pacific Region based in Thor Australia.

The article highlights the inherent difficulties of sunscreen protection and restrictions on available preservatives.  The preservative package must be compatible with the sunscreen formulation while addressing customer concerns over safety and perceived toxicity. A range of solutions is discussed detailing the benefits of selected preservatives.


For a copy of the paper please contact


The Ultimate Wipes Boot Camp!


This year, Thor staff attended the Wipes Academy held in Chicago, IL.  This two day seminar was sponsored by INDA to discuss wipes design, production, cost implications and packaging.  The conference covered a variety of topic including consumer trends, product stability and preservation of wipes and  the nonwoven wipes market.

Thirty industry professionals from companies around the world joined this seminar.  The course addressed industry concerns such as new regulations around wipes; specifically new rules for OTC antimicrobial products and  progress on the flushability issue. 

Thor offers a range of specialised preservatives for wet wipes and has developed dedicated wipe testing procedures - please contact us for more details.  


ACS Success!

Thor USA once again exhibited at the biennial American Coatings Show and Conference which was held in April at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.  Managing the booth this year were Rod, Jane, Rick, Craig, Meghan, Mike, & Chris.

The American Coatings Show (ACS) is the largest event for suppliers to the paint & coatings, adhesives, and ink industries in North America. It brings together leading suppliers to the field, including providers of key raw materials such as pigments, resins, biocides and other additives, along with suppliers of laboratory testing and production equipment.

This year’s trade show saw a total of 558 exhibitors displaying their latest innovations. The ACS has become a major platform for companies to showcase products and conduct business. The show is a marketplace for the presentation of products and services for the production of high-grade and competitive paints and coatings.

This year’s show set an attendance record with over 9,200 participants.


Interactive Approach at Suppliers' Day

Thor USA has recently exhibited at the 2018 NYSCC Suppliers’ Day in New York City.  It was clear that “natural” is still a big trend with many customers asking for natural preservatives and natural alternatives to silicone products. 

The Thor team showcased new and innovative preservation systems and specialty silicones. Prototypes featuring these new products include:

  • Hydrating Gel with Microcare Silicone Q1700 and Microcare Emollient APHX
  • Cleansing Micellar Wipes with Microcare Silicone Q17PGM and Microcare Emollient APHX
  • Melting Body Butter with Microcare Silicone W1800

 The Melting Body Butter formulations proved a big hit! Many visitors stopped by to try samples of the cream and really liked the skin feel that the silicone provided. This interactive approach was successful in attracting people to our booth.

The show was well-attended and it was great to meet many potential new customers in addition to catching up with our existing contacts. We look forward to welcoming you again in 2019 and incorporating more interactive formulations.  


Novel non-irritating preservative alternative!

Thor Specialties is introducing a novel microbial growth inhibitor called Microcare®  Emollient APHX which has been developed for personal care companies who do not want to use traditional preservation systems. Microcare® Emollient APHX can be used in a variety of skin and hair care applications, including neutral to high pH formulations.  It can be formulated into clear products, will not crash viscosity, will not discolor, and has a pleasant, mild scent.  IVT test data shows Microcare® Emollient APHX is non-irritating to baby skin, making it a suitable preservation alternative for baby skin and hair care products.

If you are seeking an alternative preservation system for your personal care formulation, please contact Thor Specialties for more information about how Microcare® Emollient APHX could be the solution for you.