European firm acquires Method cleaning products
Belgium-based cleaning brand Ecover said it has created the world’s largest green cleaning product company with the acquisition of San Francisco-based Method.
The acquisition will expand Ecover’s distribution network across Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia. Collectively delivering sales of $200 million and employing around 300 staff, Ecover and Method will continue as separate brands with a shared ambition to bring as many new consumers as possible into the green cleaning and personal care market, the company said.
Ecover CEO, Philip Malmberg, said, "With the acquisition of Method, we are acquiring much more than just a brand. This is the start of a fantastic, long-term partnership with a company that has a track record for innovation, an unwavering commitment to green products and a professional team with a real passion for what they do."
Ansell to use Kevlar in work gloves
An agreement between DuPont and glove manufacturer Ansell will result in a new safety glove that utilizes Kevlar, best known for its use in police vests, military equipment and other non-construction applications.
“Our collaboration with Ansell is a great example of how Kevlar can be spun with other materials to make another series of superior products to better protect people around the world,” said Thomas Powell, president, DuPont Protection Technologies. “This collaboration combined DuPont’s fiber and yarn technology with Ansell’s innovative glove design, tailored for specific applications. In this case, we developed a new manufacturing process to specifically produce ultra-lightweight steel-containing yarn, used in concert with our decades of experience in nylon, spandex and Kevlar fibers.”
The new Kevlar glove, designed to protect hands and fingers from injury, will be added to Ansell’s ActivArmr line designed for workers across construction sectors, including specialty trades such as HVAC, plumbing, heavy labor sectors and general contractors. Other gloves in the portfolio are targeted specifically for use by the military.
Seen in the store: Banner day for appliances
In July, Home Depot announced the addition of Whirlpool, Electrolux and Frigidaire to its lineup of appliance brands.
More recently, the company has trumpeted the new additions with a front-and-center banner over the stores’ front doors. The banner shows the three new logos and the English and Spanish announce of “new appliance brands."
Among Home Depot’s four product groups, the “plumbing, electrical and kitchen” group accounted for 30.5% of the company’s total sales for 2011, up from 30.0% in 2010.