will integrate its research and production divisions in January 2014, to strengthen its cosmetics business operations. As a result, the Sofina and Kanebo brands will be able to maximize the company’s assets.
will ultimately become the company that manages Kanebo brand business.
By July 2014, Kao will implement full-scale cosmetics research at the laboratories in Odawara, which will serve as the base of the Group's cosmetics research and development. The Kanebo Cosmetics Odawara Factory will also be operated as a core plant manufacturing Kao Group's beauty care products, in the form of a new production company to be established as a wholly owned subsidiary of Kao.
Organizational integration of quality assurance divisions and consumer divisions, which conduct and manage "safety and reliability," was completed effective August 12, 2013. In addition, research sections for safety and analysis were integrated in September prior to research divisional integration.
The Kao Group includes over 20 leading brands, including Asience, Attack, Bioré, Goldwell, Jergens, John Frieda, Kanebo, Laurier, Merries
and Molton Brown.