THAILAND: Thailand to introduce skincare products from rubber latex extracts -- K Trade Fair


THAILAND: Thailand to introduce skincare products from rubber latex extracts

"These products come in the form of facial wash gel, skincare serum, whitening cream and haircare products," said Dr Nares Damrongchai, chief executive officer of Thailand Centre of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS).

Dr Nares said the skincare products were unlike other products in the same category, thanks to the country's capability of producing a large volume of natural rubber latex each year.

"They are unique, so we think that they will receive a good response from the users," he said.

TCELS is in the process of assessing the economic value of products with rubber latex extract, he said.

He said these products would generate revenue for the country in the long run, and also help solve the problem of declining rubber prices.

TCELS, which is under Thailand's Ministry of Science and Technology, on 26 Sept. 2014 signed a memo of understanding with Prince of Songkhla University and Naresuan University to develop natural skincare products and haircare products containing rubber latex.

Dr Nares said the Asia-Pacific market for whitening products was worth approximately three billion baht.

Research studies on latex extract were conducted by Prof Dr Rapeepun Wititsuwannakul of Prince of Songkhla University and her teammates.

The products have received positive response from users when a company conducted a pre-launch marketing campaign.

Source: "Bernama” (National News Agency of Malaysia), Kuala Lumpur; 26 Sept 2014
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)