With immediate effect, Biesterfeld Spezialchemie is to be the exclusive distributor of bio-based and biodegradable cellulose raw materials from specialist manufacturer JRS for the personal care segment in Germany. The distribution agreement covers the new portfolio of natural, sustainable and biodegradable plant- and ocean-based ingredients, which are primarily used in formulations for hair, skin and sun care products as well as hygiene products, decorative cosmetics and oral hygiene. 

The plant- and ocean-based ingredients are extracted from wood, bamboo, apples, oats, oranges, maize, potatoes and brown algae using both chemical and mechanical methods. These unique products are manufactured under stringent technological conditions and represent the new state of the art in cosmetic products. The portfolio consists mainly of celluloses and upcycled products, processed in a variety of ways in technical plants. Being 100% natural in origin, these raw materials offer a natural alternative to synthetic ingredients. The JRS products can be used for a variety of applications, for example as rheology modifiers, as exfoliants or to enhance the sensory profile of a formulation. 

"Increasingly, many of our customers are asking for natural yet functional alternative ingredients," explains Bettina Heick, Business Manager LifeScience at Biesterfeld Spezialchemie. "We're delighted to be working with JRS and we are confident that our cosmetics customers will be inspired by this portfolio of natural cellulose raw materials. There is a vast choice of products offering a wide range of functionalities that can be used across the full spectrum of cosmetic formulations." 

"We were extremely impressed by Biesterfeld's concept," says Harald Schlosser, Global Head of the Home & Personal Care business unit at JRS. "Technology-based consulting and expertise in cosmetic formulations is especially in demand when it comes to replacing raw ingredients. We feel confident that in Biesterfeld we have found exactly the right partner to give our customers the best possible access to our raw materials." 

With immediate effect, Biesterfeld is to distribute highly functional plant fibre products from specialist manufacturer JRS for the personal care segment in Germany. 

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About JRS 

JRS Group is a family owned company with global activities in the area of functional additives for food, pet food, pharma, personal care and various technical application fields. JRS Group manufactures and markets products made from vegetable-based raw materials for over 140 years with more than 3,500 employees worldwide. By operating more than 20 fully owned international sales companies, 7 R&D centers and more than 50 production plants, JRS Group is a customer-oriented solution provider with a presence in all major countries around the globe. 


About Biesterfeld Spezialchemie 

Biesterfeld Spezialchemie is one of the leading international distributors of specialty chemical products, food ingredients and solutions worldwide. The product portfolio focuses on the requirements of selected industries, including composites and tooling, personal care and cleaning, healthcare, paints and coatings, adhesives, polyurethane, construction, nutrition, electrical, electronics and energy. As a partner to leading global suppliers, the company is represented throughout Europe and provides solution-orientated, technology-based expertise as well as customised solutions. Biesterfeld Spezialchemie is part of the Biesterfeld Group, which has been active as a trade and service company for 115 years. With over 40 locations worldwide, the family-owned group is one of the leading distributors for plastics, rubber, and basic and specialty chemicals. 

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