Sustainable Manufacturing Made Possible

July 8

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Take a Look at How Pancakes Flip the Trend

June 2

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Making Whipped Cream That Saves Café Owners Time and Money

April 26

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Let Them Eat Cakes… with Consistent Texture

March 28

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New Year, Better Skin Routine

January 5

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Booster is an effective solution for your skincare issues. But why?

December 9

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Bahtera Contributes to Indonesia’s Move toward Renewable Energy through Solar Energy Partnership

November 16

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So Many Skincare Products, So Little Time

November 7

5min read

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Vitamins & Supplements are Growing beyond the Pandemic

October 22

10min read

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Pandemic, Beauty Influencers, and Emerging Local Brands: The Forces that Reshape Indonesian Beauty Industry

October 11

15min read

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Sustainable Manufacturing Made Possible

When discussing sustainability, it is no longer limited to one challenge anymore. Instead, sustainability is a systemic approach with differing perspectives. That is why every little helping hand matters in building a sustainable future. The positive attitudes towards sustainability from the majority of people we are seeing nowadays will help.

Defining the Relationship Between Sustainability and Manufacturing

In manufacturing, there are several principles that define sustainability. To name some: reducing material use, energy consumption, emissions, and minimizing unwanted byproducts.

It is especially true for the paint and coating industry as one of the fast-growing industries. The need for its products for both protection and decoration purposes makes the industry stay relevant. Now, it is the matter of shifting the industry to become sustainable that should take into account.

There are 3 deciding factors whether an industry is applying sustainability. The first one is the production process. In the paint and coating industry, pigment dispersion is consuming the most time and energy in sustainable manufacturing. Hence, choosing the right dispersing agent can boost the efficiency of these aspects without compromising the end product.

BASF’s Efka® PX and Dispex® Ultra PX dispersing agents made achieving outstanding color development, viscosity reduction, and stability possible without compromising sustainability. Both polymers is for solvent-based systems and aqueous applications respectively.

Application Towards Sustainability

The second factor is applications. Using water-based paint is considered less sustainable with its nature to have less pigmentation and shorter shelf life due to pigment sedimentation. Using Rheology Modifiers like BASF’s Rheovis® PU and PE can help reduce dripping and spattering during application. Furthermore, it also allows lower usage of paint with equal or increased life spans.

The last deciding factor is end-users. Longlasting colors and well-protected surfaces are two things that consumers of the paint and coating industry are looking for. Achieving that requires film-forming agents to provide dirt pickup resistance and make the surfaces stay in good shape longer.

BASF’s Coalescent Loxanol® CA, Open time prolongers Loxanol® OT, and Plasticizers Lexanol® PL are some film-forming agents suitable for the need. With no mineral oil ingredients and extremely low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) content, they are formulating paints with pro-environmental labeling.

Whatever you need to support sustainable manufacturing, Bahtera might be able to support you.

Click here to find your solution.

Take a Look at How Pancakes Flip the Trend

Pancake is known as one of the Western breakfast menus with two options of condiment: sweet and savory. Each country has different ways to serve pancakes. Some people have them for breakfast, while the others have them for lunch, dinner, and even dessert.

Serving the Irresistible Yet Healthier Pancakes

One of the latest trending pancake variations is the fluffy Japanese-style souffle pancake. Creating them involves folding a stiffly whisked egg white into the batter to create a thick and cloud-like texture. It comes with a selection of sauce and toppings, ranging from fresh fruits to chewy boba.

The other trending variation is the Baby Dutch pancake, which is baked in the oven instead of the pan. It serves a totally different dining experience from other types of pancakes with its bowl-like shape and crunchy texture. The condiment choice also varies from sweet sauces to savory beef.

However, the consumers’ increasing awareness of the negative effects of saturated and trans fat challenges business owners to serve healthier menu options. Moreover, most consumers are not willing to give up the taste and appearance of their food. Using an alternative product like BASF’s Cegepal® fat powder lets business owners keep the enticing visual of the menu without changing its original taste.

BASF’s Cegepal® simplifies serving a large number of menus, saving business owners time on the overall handling process. Not only that, but it also allows business owners to promote their products with improved nutritional values through its less than 1% of trans and saturated fat content.

Healthier options do not always have to mess up the end-product of your menu. Click here to find your solution.

Making Whipped Cream That Saves Café Owners Time and Money

The shift in culture and lifestyle has turned cafés and coffee shops not only a luxurious place to get food and beverages. Nowadays, it has also become a place for people to gather, hang out, and even work as the work from home policy is still implemented in lots of workplaces following the office occupation limitation due to the pandemic.

The seemingly never-ending innovations in menu variety and customization allow people to enjoy their coffee and other beverages in different ways. Some might like it black without any additions, but others like it blended with a dash of whipping cream. A consumer report showed that there is a 5% increment in whipping cream menu penetration from 2018 to 2019.

Tackling the Complexity of Making Whipped Cream

Whipped cream offers a texture treat that complements different components of beverages and desserts. It enhances flavor, visual appeal, and transforms the most basic menu into a delightful treat.

However, making the perfect whipped cream cannot be rushed. Not enough whipping may result in a runny texture and over-whipping can turn your whipping cream into butter. Setting times aside to give proper attention when making is the key. Bahtera understands that it can be a pain point for café owners to do so.

Using BASF’s Lamequick® can be the solution to shorten the whipping time to achieve the  superior foam firmness, stability, and a creamy sensation with an exquisite taste and mouthfeel. With Lamequick®, café owners can reduce preparation time by more than 70% and cut half of your ingredient costs.

Moreover, Lamequick® also offers a solution for you who are seeking to explore vegan-friendly product options through Lamequick® VE 28. A premium whipping agent based on soy protein and Lamequick® CNP which is based on pea protein.

Exploring your own unique menus that help your business stand out can be simplified. Click here to find your solution.

Let Them Eat Cakes… with Consistent Texture

Texture

Every business wants to provide the highest quality product to customers. When it comes to baked goods however, quality is not always easy to define. So what exactly do customers look for in baked goods? 

While taste remains the most influencing factor, other aspects come into play in buying decision for baked goods. One of such aspects is texture. According to a study, 70% of customers judge the quality of baked goods based on texture. Customer preference on the softness seems to vary depending on the type of baked goods. Looking at this, it’s important for bakeries or artisan bakers to find a formula to maintain consistent texture for their baked goods. 

One way to do this is by using performance-enhancing ingredients. Our bakery experts break down the two must-have ingredients for the best texture. 

Emulsifier

For cakes, volume plays a big part in the final texture. Emulsifier helps enhance aeration, which provides structure and volume to the final product. There are many different emulsifiers with various added values. Some emulsifiers contribute to improving crumb structure and cake softness in addition to volume. 

Since each customer has his or her own preference when it comes to cake structure, it is important to figure out which emulsifier is right for the texture you want. BASF’s Spongolit®, for example, comes in different variations for different results. Some types provide more airy structure others provide denser structure. 

Emulsifiers also provide the added benefit of decreased mixing time. With the right emulsifier, you will achieve great aeration within a short time. However, emulsifiers also improve mixing tolerance and shock tolerance for stronger structure and crumb texture. 

Whipping Base

In addition to aeration, whipping base also provides creaminess to your formula. A good whipping base can provide excellent whippability for better stability and firmness. 

Much like emulsifiers, different whipping bases also provide different textures. BASF’s Lamequick® CE 7279, for example, provides excellent re-whippability. As such, it is a great whipping base for whipping cream and cake filling cream. For ice cream or mousse, however, Lamequick® CE 7273 is the better choice for its excellent shape retention.  

When you embark on your bakery journey, it is important to have all the help you can get. These performance-enhancing ingredients make it much easier to maintain consistency in your product quality; and consistency is pretty much the be-all and end-all when it comes to baked goods.

New Year, Better Skin Routine

Anyone who has ever shopped for skincare knows that buying skincare is a complicated business. There are thousands of different products out there promising various miraculous effects—all for a glowing skin. It doesn’t help that each year seems to bring with it new trends, new products, and new brands.

Worry not. It really is not as complicated as it seems. We have broken down the skincare trends for 2022 for you. 

What are people looking for in 2022?

To put it simply, everything boils down to minimalism, personalization, and sustainability. We’re sure you have heard the word Skinminimalism bandied about in the last few years. Gone are the days of multi-step skincare routine that takes hours before bed. People are toning down their skincare routine. Everyone is looking for a more simple and quicker skincare regimen. 

Personalization is also a big trend in 2022.

Customized skincare based on quizzes and consultation will continue to gain popularity. Also on the rise are personalized products that address specific skin problems. 

Clean beauty is another keyword for 2022.

Rising awareness on sustainability has changed customer expectations and demands across many industries. The beauty industry is no exception. Customers want their skincare products to be safe for them, the community, and the environment. In general, people expect Clean Beauty to be chemical free, vegan friendly, cruelty free, and palm oil free. 

What does it mean for your skincare routine? 

As people are looking to simplify their beauty regimens and focus on efficacy, active ingredients will once again steal the spotlight. Active ingredients are the key to addressing our specific skin problems, such as niacinamide for acne and dry skin or retinol for aging.  

These active ingredients have been the belles of the skincare ball in the last few years, mainly through the use of serums. These tiny bottles of liquid carry potent active ingredients that work wonders for your skin. In recent years, boosters have emerged as the new hero. Boasting higher active ingredient concentration, boosters are considered more effective in addressing specific skincare issues. 

What active ingredients should I look for in my skincare product?

It depends. Each active ingredient offers different benefits, so look for active ingredients that suit your skincare needs. But in addition to the usual line-up of moisturizing and anti-aging benefits, skin barrier protection will be a big thing in 2022. As the skinminimalism and clean beauty trends take the world by the storm, people are looking to focus on restoring their skin. This means combatting skin inflammation and irritation from years of overtreatment by restoring skin barrier. This has put ceramide into the spotlight as an active ingredient that can help create an extra layer on your skin and lock the moisture in. 

As people spend more time on their gadgets every day, blue light protection has also become a coveted benefit in skincare products. While sunscreens that contain UV Filters are nothing new, most of these UV Filters offer only UVA and UVB protection. Today, UV Filters are adding protection from blue light exposure that causes wrinkles and reduced skin barrier. 

Find the skincare routines that work for you

While many factors come into play in shaping the next beauty trend, choosing a skincare product is really about finding the routine that works for you. Embrace these new trends to  simplify your beauty regimen based on your skin’s needs.  

Booster is an effective solution for your skincare issues. But why?

Booster has been the talk of the town when it comes to beauty routine. Everyone wants to get a hand on these little bottles of magic and more brands continue to launch new booster products at more affordable prices. Every beauty influencer out there can’t seem to stop talking about them. There seems to be a booster for every skincare concern out there from hydration, moisture renewal, to anti-aging. But what exactly is a booster? 

What is a booster, exactly? 

To put it simply, booster is a more effective option for your skin problems. Boosters come with many different active ingredients that target specific skincare issues. So you can have a booster for anti-acne, brightening, or moisturizing, and everything in between. Combining boosters with other skincare products and act as supplement for specific skincare issues. 

Boosters are more effective at addressing skincare problems due to higher concentration of active ingredient. Their active ingredient content can reach 10-15 times other skincare products. One booster may also contain more than one specific active ingredient to address multiple skincare issues. 

Active ingredient

Now let’s take a step back and talk about active ingredients. After all, they are the key ingredient that makes boosters what they are. Active ingredient is the substance that has been scientifically  provide the desired effect on your skin. 

Some of the more popular active ingredients in recent times are niacinamide, retinol, and vitamin C. Niacinamide is basically a version of vitamin B3 that has anti-inflammatory properties and brightening agent, and improves skin’s elasticity. It is mostly in moisturizers and acne treatments. 

Retinol is another commonly used active ingredient that comes from vitamin A. In addition to strong penetrative power into the skin, retinol can promote cell regeneration and prevent collagen breakdown. This makes retinol a popular ingredient for anti-aging products. Another popular active is hyaluronic acid. Boasting great capacity to retain water, hyaluronic acid helps retain skin elasticity and so is used in many anti-aging products.

Higher concentration equals higher efficacy

These active ingredients decide the effect of each skincare product. In boosters, these active ingredients are present in higher volume, thus improving the efficacy of the booster. Because of these qualities, boosters work well in quickly addressing specific skincare problems through a personalized beauty routine.

Bahtera Contributes to Indonesia’s Move toward Renewable Energy through Solar Energy Partnership

As the world moves towards decarbonization, renewable energy has gained significant traction over the years. In the last decade, renewable energy consumption has seen a 13.7% average annual growth, way ahead of other energy categories. The world indeed has been awaken to the many opportunities offered by renewable energy beyond environmental sustainability, from higher economic return to job creation. Amid this development, Bahtera made our first foray into renewable energy. This journey starts with solar energy, a renewable energy option with much untapped potential. 

As of 2021, a total of 165 governments have made the pledge to shift toward renewable energy, including the Indonesian government. President Joko Widodo’s administration has set the target of 23% NRE in the national energy mix by 2025 and 31% by 2050.

Indonesia has an enormous renewable energy potential. The country holds 40% of the world’s geothermal energy reserve, a maritime area that potentially generates 75,760 MW of power, and a total potential of 788,000 MW from renewable energy sources. Meanwhile, renewable energy currently makes up only 11.5% of Indonesia’s national energy mix. 

In line with our sustainability commitment, Bahtera seeks to contribute to government’s effort to closing the gap through our new renewable energy unit. Solar energy, which has been heralded as the quickest and easiest renewable energy option to set up, has been our focus at this stage. Bahtera has recently partnered up with a local renewable energy startup, working with industrial clients to help them make the move to solar energy. 

Solar energy remains one of the biggest yet most untapped renewable energy potential for Indonesia. Indonesia’s impressive solar irradiation intensity is enough to cover its power output of up to 1,530 kWh/kWp annually. According to the MEMR, only 153.5 MW of solar power plant has been installed, while the total potential reaches 207.8 GW. As of 2019 however, solar energy only makes up 1.7% of the total electricity production.

Enthusiasm has been high among industrial clients, especially with the government’s continued push towards renewable energy. Recently, the President put a halt on the construction of any new coal-powered steam power plants. In 2018, the Indonesian government also issued MEMR Regulation 49/2018 governing PV system installation in the country. In 2021, this law was further amended through MEMR Regulation 26/2021, effectively easing licensing requirements and lowering monthly charge to the state-owned electricity company PLN.

This is a necessary move considering Indonesia’s pollution and resources crises. Indonesia ranks 9th as the world’s most polluted countries, facing deadly pollution problems. While known for its bountiful natural resources from vast tropical forest to an abundance of energy and mineral resources, Indonesia’s natural resources have been depleting at an alarming rate. In 10 years, Indonesia could run out of oil. Despite being one of the top 20 crude oil and gas exporting countries in the world, Indonesia is already a net oil importer and is predicted to become a net natural gas importer by 2030. 

Meanwhile, the country’s energy consumption continues to increase. Between 2008 and 2015, Indonesia recorded an average electricity demand growth of around 6% annually, and peak demand is projected to triple by 2030.

However, progress has been slow. Massive investment from the government and the business segment is needed to meet these targets. Financial incentive in particular is necessary considering that one of the biggest barriers in switching to solar energy is the steep investment. The investment needed for every kilowatt energy adds up to a significant amount for factories, which average 5 MW in terms of energy need. This is where Bahtera sees an opportunity to contribute. We can work with renewable energy companies that offer financial incentives, which are key to pushing the industry sector to adopt solar energy. 

Another area where Bahtera is focusing our effort is battery for energy storage. Currently, batteries are mostly used for solar microgrids in remote areas across the country. As we increase the national capacity for solar energy however, additional storage would be needed to cover the energy demand. Over time, batteries will be key to mass adoption of solar energy. Beyond supply balancing, batteries have many potential applications in the future.

As solutions to these issues are being discovered, the Indonesian government is moving ahead with its shift towards solar energy. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) is planning to develop a massive solar park in eastern Indonesia. Bahtera will also focus our initial effort in this region, considering its high potential due to higher solar irradiation capacity and cheaper land with suitable slope and contour, which ultimately reduce cost. 

Indonesia’s renewable energy potential—especially solar energy—is clear. The time to invest in solar energy, and ultimately in a brighter energy future for Indonesia, is now.

So Many Skincare Products, So Little Time

So many skincare products in the market to choose for. As the Indonesian market gets more sophisticated, specialized beauty products are gaining popularity driven by the pandemic, the rise of beauty influencers, and emerging local brands. More customers are looking for high efficacy to solve their specific skincare concerns through single-ingredient products and products with active ingredients.

New active ingredients are popping up every day and it’s getting more complicated to choose one that fits you best. We go through some of the latest beauty trends to give you an idea of what to look for. 

UV Filter 

For a long time, UV Filter has been used in sunscreens to protect your skin from UV light. More and more serums, night creams, and sleeping masks today use UV light to add that extra protection for your skin. Most skincare products available today only cover UVA or UVB, which differ in energy strength and wavelength. UVB is stronger but only reaches your outer skin layer.

As we use gadget more and more, more people are looking for protection from blue light. The blue light emitted by your gadgets can cause wrinkles and reduce skin barrier. Today, many skincare products offer blue light protection from special UV Filter. Most of these choices though focus on repairing your skin from the protection of blue light instead of protecting. 

New ingredients are being developed to provide full protection. One such ingredient is Tinosorb® A2B by BASF. Unlike other UV Filters, this one provides full protection from UVA, UVB, and blue light. When looking for skincare products with UV Filter, make sure you’re getting what you’re looking for. 

Anti-aging

Anti-aging skincare has always been popular. Many anti-aging products use retinol, which protects from the loss of collagen and thus promotes skin elasticity. Too much retinol however has the side effect of irritation.  

As the technology advances, new ingredients enter the market to offer higher efficacy and reduce the side effect. BASF introduced the coated retinol Cylasphere™Retinol, which boasts low irritant potential and higher efficacy due to targeted penetration into the skin. This retinol also offers the added benefit of higher stability, which means your skincare product lasts longer after opening. 

Base Cleansing

With so many treatment options in the market, many forget that basic cleansing is still important. Before applying your favorite serums or night creams, first you need to make sure that your skin is clean. This is where your regular facial and body wash comes in. The basic ingredient for foam-based personal care products from shampoo to facial wash is surfactant—to put it simply, this is the thing that makes your soap foamy. 

The best facial wash is the mild one that does not cause dryness but cleanses thoroughly. Today, more people are looking for milder, more natural products. New ingredients available in the market have made this possible. Plantapon® LGC SORB, for example, is a natural surfactant from BASF that is mild with excellent cleansing performance.

As you try out these new products for your specific skin needs, don’t forget to first cleanse your skin for optimal result.

Vitamins & Supplements are Growing beyond the Pandemic

The already growing vitamins, minerals, and supplements (VMS) category has enjoyed significant boost from changing health priority amid the Covid-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, monthly VMS spending has increased by 10-15%, while 20% of non-consumers have said that they would start consuming VMS. Such increase was concentrated on immune boosters such as vitamin C and vitamin D on the onset of the pandemic, which saw a growth of up to 16 times in March 2020. In the US, vitamin C makes up only 12% of the VMS market, but contributed to 26% of the market growth.  

The same growth was seen in Indonesia. According to a survey in July 2020, 84% of consumers in the 25-34 age group and 83% of consumers in the 35-44 age group said that their VMS consumption has increased amid the pandemic. Indonesian VMS start-up You reported that their multivitamin sales almost tripled.

Such growth in VMS consumption began well before COVID-19, pushed by growing interest in health and wellness. Between 2014 and 2018, the VMS global market saw a consistent annual growth of around 6.3%. This trend is further boosted by the pandemic and particularly prevalent among young people. While 11% of Americans claim higher VMS purchase, this number jumped to around 15% among GenZ and millennials. 

The increasing interest in VMS along with supply chain problems due to pandemic-related lockdowns resulted in an interesting few months for the VMS sector. Following an oversupply in 2019, rising demand and production halt sent prices skyrocketing. Entering 2021, supply and demand have begun to stabilize. 

However, VMS popularity is here to stay, even as we get out of the pandemic. The global immune health supplements market was projected at $19 billion in 2020. Further annual growth is expected at 7.7% toward an estimated market value of $43.5 billion by 2031. While the largest growth will continue to be seen in North America, East Asia, and Europe, developing nations such as India, Brazil, and Indonesia will see significant growth as well.

In Indonesia, growing health awareness will be a major driver. Even before the pandemic, health expenditure in Indonesia has been steadily increasing from $27 per capita in 2004 to $112 per capita in 2018. Covid-19 has further increased this awareness. A 2020 survey shows that 54% of consumers are planning to continue to consume vitamins and supplements after the pandemic. The Indonesian Vitamin D market in particular is expected to grow by 7% from $1.1 billion in 2020 to $1.6 billion in 2025 following a growing awareness on Vitamin D deficiency and osteoporosis prevalence. 

This trend means ample opportunity for pharmaceutical industry players. The pandemic however, also highlighted the unpreparedness of Indonesia’s pharmaceutical sector. Early on in the pandemic in May 2020, operational capacity of Indonesian pharmaceutical firms was cut to 55-60% due to supply chain disruption. This came as no surprise as Indonesia imports around 90% of raw ingredients with a majority coming from China. 

Learning from this experience, the Indonesian government is seeking to cut the country’s reliance on imported raw materials by cutting import by 35% by 2022. The Indonesian Coordinating Board (BKPM) is also trying to make it easier to set up pharmaceutical business in the country through streamlined licensing and fiscal incentives. 

All of these are good news for the national pharmaceutical industry. The Indonesian pharmaceutical market is valued at US$6 billion and expected to reach $10.11 billion in 2021. Moving forward, the national pharmaceutical industry is projected to grow by 12-13% per year.

Pandemic, Beauty Influencers, and Emerging Local Brands: The Forces that Reshape Indonesian Beauty Industry

Throughout the years, the $500-billion beauty industry has shown extreme resilience, recording an average of 4.6% growth annually in the last decade. The Covid-19 pandemic however proved to be a harder hit to the industry, as the lockdown forced store closures around the world. This led to the shutdown of approximately 30% of the beauty market, which doesn’t come as a surprise considering that a majority of customers still prefers to purchase beauty products online, even those in the tech-savvy Gen Z and Millennials groups.

In this disruption, skincare, haircare, and bath and body products rose to become the new heroes of the beauty industry. Europe’s Zalando reported 300% increase of skin, nail, and haircare products, while Amazon reported 65% increase of bath and body products. 

In Indonesia, users of outdoor care such as sunscreen dropped by more than 13% during the pandemic. For skincare products such as serum, day and night cream, and eye cream, the decline is maintained below 10%. As the industry began to recover in 2021, it is further boosted by online sales, which is dominated by local brands. Local skincare products saw sales doubled in Q1 2021 and Tokopedia reported 60% sales increase in the skincare category, comprising face wash, serum, face mask, and moisturizer.  

One of the products that we have seen gaining popularity is serum. In June 2021, serum sales on the e-commerce platform Shopee reached IDR148.02 billion, driven by local brands. Local brands have become so popular as they offer cheaper options, which allow the Indonesian market to embrace these products that were previously considered premium. This is further boosted by beauty influencers, who have successfully made local brands go viral.

Bahtera as a specialty chemical distributor saw a 100% increase in active ingredient sales during the pandemic as a result of this growing interest in serum. Based on our observation, acne and brightening remain the most popular product segments, followed by moisturizing and anti-aging. 

As Indonesians look for the next big thing in the beauty industry, new trends will continue to emerge. Boosters, which offer more potency, will take the reign. Blue light protection will also dominate the market as Indonesians spend more time indoor and on their gadgets.

One thing is for certain: influencers and growing local brands will continue to drive trend in the Indonesian beauty industry moving forward. In recent years, local brands have played a key role in providing customers with more diverge options. And the number of local beauty brands in the country continues to grow rapidly. In 2018 alone, 760 local cosmetics brands emerged. The number is staggering compared to 153 new brands in 2017. 

Studies also show that 80% of global consumers make beauty-related purchases based on influencers’ recommendation. In Indonesia, beauty influencers contribute to the boom of Korean beauty products, influencing 39% of purchases. The combination of the two will encourage Indonesian customers to be bolder in exploring new beauty trends and trying on unique, innovative products.

 

Sustainable Manufacturing Made Possible

When discussing sustainability, it is no longer limited to one challenge anymore. Instead, sustainability is a systemic approach with differing perspectives. That is why every little helping hand matters in building a sustainable future. The positive attitudes towards sustainability from the majority of people we are seeing nowadays will help.

Defining the Relationship Between Sustainability and Manufacturing

In manufacturing, there are several principles that define sustainability. To name some: reducing material use, energy consumption, emissions, and minimizing unwanted byproducts.

It is especially true for the paint and coating industry as one of the fast-growing industries. The need for its products for both protection and decoration purposes makes the industry stay relevant. Now, it is the matter of shifting the industry to become sustainable that should take into account.

There are 3 deciding factors whether an industry is applying sustainability. The first one is the production process. In the paint and coating industry, pigment dispersion is consuming the most time and energy in sustainable manufacturing. Hence, choosing the right dispersing agent can boost the efficiency of these aspects without compromising the end product.

BASF’s Efka® PX and Dispex® Ultra PX dispersing agents made achieving outstanding color development, viscosity reduction, and stability possible without compromising sustainability. Both polymers is for solvent-based systems and aqueous applications respectively.

Application Towards Sustainability

The second factor is applications. Using water-based paint is considered less sustainable with its nature to have less pigmentation and shorter shelf life due to pigment sedimentation. Using Rheology Modifiers like BASF’s Rheovis® PU and PE can help reduce dripping and spattering during application. Furthermore, it also allows lower usage of paint with equal or increased life spans.

The last deciding factor is end-users. Longlasting colors and well-protected surfaces are two things that consumers of the paint and coating industry are looking for. Achieving that requires film-forming agents to provide dirt pickup resistance and make the surfaces stay in good shape longer.

BASF’s Coalescent Loxanol® CA, Open time prolongers Loxanol® OT, and Plasticizers Lexanol® PL are some film-forming agents suitable for the need. With no mineral oil ingredients and extremely low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) content, they are formulating paints with pro-environmental labeling.

Whatever you need to support sustainable manufacturing, Bahtera might be able to support you.

Click here to find your solution.

Take a Look at How Pancakes Flip the Trend

Pancake is known as one of the Western breakfast menus with two options of condiment: sweet and savory. Each country has different ways to serve pancakes. Some people have them for breakfast, while the others have them for lunch, dinner, and even dessert.

Serving the Irresistible Yet Healthier Pancakes

One of the latest trending pancake variations is the fluffy Japanese-style souffle pancake. Creating them involves folding a stiffly whisked egg white into the batter to create a thick and cloud-like texture. It comes with a selection of sauce and toppings, ranging from fresh fruits to chewy boba.

The other trending variation is the Baby Dutch pancake, which is baked in the oven instead of the pan. It serves a totally different dining experience from other types of pancakes with its bowl-like shape and crunchy texture. The condiment choice also varies from sweet sauces to savory beef.

However, the consumers’ increasing awareness of the negative effects of saturated and trans fat challenges business owners to serve healthier menu options. Moreover, most consumers are not willing to give up the taste and appearance of their food. Using an alternative product like BASF’s Cegepal® fat powder lets business owners keep the enticing visual of the menu without changing its original taste.

BASF’s Cegepal® simplifies serving a large number of menus, saving business owners time on the overall handling process. Not only that, but it also allows business owners to promote their products with improved nutritional values through its less than 1% of trans and saturated fat content.

Healthier options do not always have to mess up the end-product of your menu. Click here to find your solution.

Making Whipped Cream That Saves Café Owners Time and Money

The shift in culture and lifestyle has turned cafés and coffee shops not only a luxurious place to get food and beverages. Nowadays, it has also become a place for people to gather, hang out, and even work as the work from home policy is still implemented in lots of workplaces following the office occupation limitation due to the pandemic.

The seemingly never-ending innovations in menu variety and customization allow people to enjoy their coffee and other beverages in different ways. Some might like it black without any additions, but others like it blended with a dash of whipping cream. A consumer report showed that there is a 5% increment in whipping cream menu penetration from 2018 to 2019.

Tackling the Complexity of Making Whipped Cream

Whipped cream offers a texture treat that complements different components of beverages and desserts. It enhances flavor, visual appeal, and transforms the most basic menu into a delightful treat.

However, making the perfect whipped cream cannot be rushed. Not enough whipping may result in a runny texture and over-whipping can turn your whipping cream into butter. Setting times aside to give proper attention when making is the key. Bahtera understands that it can be a pain point for café owners to do so.

Using BASF’s Lamequick® can be the solution to shorten the whipping time to achieve the  superior foam firmness, stability, and a creamy sensation with an exquisite taste and mouthfeel. With Lamequick®, café owners can reduce preparation time by more than 70% and cut half of your ingredient costs.

Moreover, Lamequick® also offers a solution for you who are seeking to explore vegan-friendly product options through Lamequick® VE 28. A premium whipping agent based on soy protein and Lamequick® CNP which is based on pea protein.

Exploring your own unique menus that help your business stand out can be simplified. Click here to find your solution.

Let Them Eat Cakes… with Consistent Texture

Texture

Every business wants to provide the highest quality product to customers. When it comes to baked goods however, quality is not always easy to define. So what exactly do customers look for in baked goods? 

While taste remains the most influencing factor, other aspects come into play in buying decision for baked goods. One of such aspects is texture. According to a study, 70% of customers judge the quality of baked goods based on texture. Customer preference on the softness seems to vary depending on the type of baked goods. Looking at this, it’s important for bakeries or artisan bakers to find a formula to maintain consistent texture for their baked goods. 

One way to do this is by using performance-enhancing ingredients. Our bakery experts break down the two must-have ingredients for the best texture. 

Emulsifier

For cakes, volume plays a big part in the final texture. Emulsifier helps enhance aeration, which provides structure and volume to the final product. There are many different emulsifiers with various added values. Some emulsifiers contribute to improving crumb structure and cake softness in addition to volume. 

Since each customer has his or her own preference when it comes to cake structure, it is important to figure out which emulsifier is right for the texture you want. BASF’s Spongolit®, for example, comes in different variations for different results. Some types provide more airy structure others provide denser structure. 

Emulsifiers also provide the added benefit of decreased mixing time. With the right emulsifier, you will achieve great aeration within a short time. However, emulsifiers also improve mixing tolerance and shock tolerance for stronger structure and crumb texture. 

Whipping Base

In addition to aeration, whipping base also provides creaminess to your formula. A good whipping base can provide excellent whippability for better stability and firmness. 

Much like emulsifiers, different whipping bases also provide different textures. BASF’s Lamequick® CE 7279, for example, provides excellent re-whippability. As such, it is a great whipping base for whipping cream and cake filling cream. For ice cream or mousse, however, Lamequick® CE 7273 is the better choice for its excellent shape retention.  

When you embark on your bakery journey, it is important to have all the help you can get. These performance-enhancing ingredients make it much easier to maintain consistency in your product quality; and consistency is pretty much the be-all and end-all when it comes to baked goods.

New Year, Better Skin Routine

Anyone who has ever shopped for skincare knows that buying skincare is a complicated business. There are thousands of different products out there promising various miraculous effects—all for a glowing skin. It doesn’t help that each year seems to bring with it new trends, new products, and new brands.

Worry not. It really is not as complicated as it seems. We have broken down the skincare trends for 2022 for you. 

What are people looking for in 2022?

To put it simply, everything boils down to minimalism, personalization, and sustainability. We’re sure you have heard the word Skinminimalism bandied about in the last few years. Gone are the days of multi-step skincare routine that takes hours before bed. People are toning down their skincare routine. Everyone is looking for a more simple and quicker skincare regimen. 

Personalization is also a big trend in 2022.

Customized skincare based on quizzes and consultation will continue to gain popularity. Also on the rise are personalized products that address specific skin problems. 

Clean beauty is another keyword for 2022.

Rising awareness on sustainability has changed customer expectations and demands across many industries. The beauty industry is no exception. Customers want their skincare products to be safe for them, the community, and the environment. In general, people expect Clean Beauty to be chemical free, vegan friendly, cruelty free, and palm oil free. 

What does it mean for your skincare routine? 

As people are looking to simplify their beauty regimens and focus on efficacy, active ingredients will once again steal the spotlight. Active ingredients are the key to addressing our specific skin problems, such as niacinamide for acne and dry skin or retinol for aging.  

These active ingredients have been the belles of the skincare ball in the last few years, mainly through the use of serums. These tiny bottles of liquid carry potent active ingredients that work wonders for your skin. In recent years, boosters have emerged as the new hero. Boasting higher active ingredient concentration, boosters are considered more effective in addressing specific skincare issues. 

What active ingredients should I look for in my skincare product?

It depends. Each active ingredient offers different benefits, so look for active ingredients that suit your skincare needs. But in addition to the usual line-up of moisturizing and anti-aging benefits, skin barrier protection will be a big thing in 2022. As the skinminimalism and clean beauty trends take the world by the storm, people are looking to focus on restoring their skin. This means combatting skin inflammation and irritation from years of overtreatment by restoring skin barrier. This has put ceramide into the spotlight as an active ingredient that can help create an extra layer on your skin and lock the moisture in. 

As people spend more time on their gadgets every day, blue light protection has also become a coveted benefit in skincare products. While sunscreens that contain UV Filters are nothing new, most of these UV Filters offer only UVA and UVB protection. Today, UV Filters are adding protection from blue light exposure that causes wrinkles and reduced skin barrier. 

Find the skincare routines that work for you

While many factors come into play in shaping the next beauty trend, choosing a skincare product is really about finding the routine that works for you. Embrace these new trends to  simplify your beauty regimen based on your skin’s needs.  

Booster is an effective solution for your skincare issues. But why?

Booster has been the talk of the town when it comes to beauty routine. Everyone wants to get a hand on these little bottles of magic and more brands continue to launch new booster products at more affordable prices. Every beauty influencer out there can’t seem to stop talking about them. There seems to be a booster for every skincare concern out there from hydration, moisture renewal, to anti-aging. But what exactly is a booster? 

What is a booster, exactly? 

To put it simply, booster is a more effective option for your skin problems. Boosters come with many different active ingredients that target specific skincare issues. So you can have a booster for anti-acne, brightening, or moisturizing, and everything in between. Combining boosters with other skincare products and act as supplement for specific skincare issues. 

Boosters are more effective at addressing skincare problems due to higher concentration of active ingredient. Their active ingredient content can reach 10-15 times other skincare products. One booster may also contain more than one specific active ingredient to address multiple skincare issues. 

Active ingredient

Now let’s take a step back and talk about active ingredients. After all, they are the key ingredient that makes boosters what they are. Active ingredient is the substance that has been scientifically  provide the desired effect on your skin. 

Some of the more popular active ingredients in recent times are niacinamide, retinol, and vitamin C. Niacinamide is basically a version of vitamin B3 that has anti-inflammatory properties and brightening agent, and improves skin’s elasticity. It is mostly in moisturizers and acne treatments. 

Retinol is another commonly used active ingredient that comes from vitamin A. In addition to strong penetrative power into the skin, retinol can promote cell regeneration and prevent collagen breakdown. This makes retinol a popular ingredient for anti-aging products. Another popular active is hyaluronic acid. Boasting great capacity to retain water, hyaluronic acid helps retain skin elasticity and so is used in many anti-aging products.

Higher concentration equals higher efficacy

These active ingredients decide the effect of each skincare product. In boosters, these active ingredients are present in higher volume, thus improving the efficacy of the booster. Because of these qualities, boosters work well in quickly addressing specific skincare problems through a personalized beauty routine.

Bahtera Contributes to Indonesia’s Move toward Renewable Energy through Solar Energy Partnership

As the world moves towards decarbonization, renewable energy has gained significant traction over the years. In the last decade, renewable energy consumption has seen a 13.7% average annual growth, way ahead of other energy categories. The world indeed has been awaken to the many opportunities offered by renewable energy beyond environmental sustainability, from higher economic return to job creation. Amid this development, Bahtera made our first foray into renewable energy. This journey starts with solar energy, a renewable energy option with much untapped potential. 

As of 2021, a total of 165 governments have made the pledge to shift toward renewable energy, including the Indonesian government. President Joko Widodo’s administration has set the target of 23% NRE in the national energy mix by 2025 and 31% by 2050.

Indonesia has an enormous renewable energy potential. The country holds 40% of the world’s geothermal energy reserve, a maritime area that potentially generates 75,760 MW of power, and a total potential of 788,000 MW from renewable energy sources. Meanwhile, renewable energy currently makes up only 11.5% of Indonesia’s national energy mix. 

In line with our sustainability commitment, Bahtera seeks to contribute to government’s effort to closing the gap through our new renewable energy unit. Solar energy, which has been heralded as the quickest and easiest renewable energy option to set up, has been our focus at this stage. Bahtera has recently partnered up with a local renewable energy startup, working with industrial clients to help them make the move to solar energy. 

Solar energy remains one of the biggest yet most untapped renewable energy potential for Indonesia. Indonesia’s impressive solar irradiation intensity is enough to cover its power output of up to 1,530 kWh/kWp annually. According to the MEMR, only 153.5 MW of solar power plant has been installed, while the total potential reaches 207.8 GW. As of 2019 however, solar energy only makes up 1.7% of the total electricity production.

Enthusiasm has been high among industrial clients, especially with the government’s continued push towards renewable energy. Recently, the President put a halt on the construction of any new coal-powered steam power plants. In 2018, the Indonesian government also issued MEMR Regulation 49/2018 governing PV system installation in the country. In 2021, this law was further amended through MEMR Regulation 26/2021, effectively easing licensing requirements and lowering monthly charge to the state-owned electricity company PLN.

This is a necessary move considering Indonesia’s pollution and resources crises. Indonesia ranks 9th as the world’s most polluted countries, facing deadly pollution problems. While known for its bountiful natural resources from vast tropical forest to an abundance of energy and mineral resources, Indonesia’s natural resources have been depleting at an alarming rate. In 10 years, Indonesia could run out of oil. Despite being one of the top 20 crude oil and gas exporting countries in the world, Indonesia is already a net oil importer and is predicted to become a net natural gas importer by 2030. 

Meanwhile, the country’s energy consumption continues to increase. Between 2008 and 2015, Indonesia recorded an average electricity demand growth of around 6% annually, and peak demand is projected to triple by 2030.

However, progress has been slow. Massive investment from the government and the business segment is needed to meet these targets. Financial incentive in particular is necessary considering that one of the biggest barriers in switching to solar energy is the steep investment. The investment needed for every kilowatt energy adds up to a significant amount for factories, which average 5 MW in terms of energy need. This is where Bahtera sees an opportunity to contribute. We can work with renewable energy companies that offer financial incentives, which are key to pushing the industry sector to adopt solar energy. 

Another area where Bahtera is focusing our effort is battery for energy storage. Currently, batteries are mostly used for solar microgrids in remote areas across the country. As we increase the national capacity for solar energy however, additional storage would be needed to cover the energy demand. Over time, batteries will be key to mass adoption of solar energy. Beyond supply balancing, batteries have many potential applications in the future.

As solutions to these issues are being discovered, the Indonesian government is moving ahead with its shift towards solar energy. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) is planning to develop a massive solar park in eastern Indonesia. Bahtera will also focus our initial effort in this region, considering its high potential due to higher solar irradiation capacity and cheaper land with suitable slope and contour, which ultimately reduce cost. 

Indonesia’s renewable energy potential—especially solar energy—is clear. The time to invest in solar energy, and ultimately in a brighter energy future for Indonesia, is now.

So Many Skincare Products, So Little Time

So many skincare products in the market to choose for. As the Indonesian market gets more sophisticated, specialized beauty products are gaining popularity driven by the pandemic, the rise of beauty influencers, and emerging local brands. More customers are looking for high efficacy to solve their specific skincare concerns through single-ingredient products and products with active ingredients.

New active ingredients are popping up every day and it’s getting more complicated to choose one that fits you best. We go through some of the latest beauty trends to give you an idea of what to look for. 

UV Filter 

For a long time, UV Filter has been used in sunscreens to protect your skin from UV light. More and more serums, night creams, and sleeping masks today use UV light to add that extra protection for your skin. Most skincare products available today only cover UVA or UVB, which differ in energy strength and wavelength. UVB is stronger but only reaches your outer skin layer.

As we use gadget more and more, more people are looking for protection from blue light. The blue light emitted by your gadgets can cause wrinkles and reduce skin barrier. Today, many skincare products offer blue light protection from special UV Filter. Most of these choices though focus on repairing your skin from the protection of blue light instead of protecting. 

New ingredients are being developed to provide full protection. One such ingredient is Tinosorb® A2B by BASF. Unlike other UV Filters, this one provides full protection from UVA, UVB, and blue light. When looking for skincare products with UV Filter, make sure you’re getting what you’re looking for. 

Anti-aging

Anti-aging skincare has always been popular. Many anti-aging products use retinol, which protects from the loss of collagen and thus promotes skin elasticity. Too much retinol however has the side effect of irritation.  

As the technology advances, new ingredients enter the market to offer higher efficacy and reduce the side effect. BASF introduced the coated retinol Cylasphere™Retinol, which boasts low irritant potential and higher efficacy due to targeted penetration into the skin. This retinol also offers the added benefit of higher stability, which means your skincare product lasts longer after opening. 

Base Cleansing

With so many treatment options in the market, many forget that basic cleansing is still important. Before applying your favorite serums or night creams, first you need to make sure that your skin is clean. This is where your regular facial and body wash comes in. The basic ingredient for foam-based personal care products from shampoo to facial wash is surfactant—to put it simply, this is the thing that makes your soap foamy. 

The best facial wash is the mild one that does not cause dryness but cleanses thoroughly. Today, more people are looking for milder, more natural products. New ingredients available in the market have made this possible. Plantapon® LGC SORB, for example, is a natural surfactant from BASF that is mild with excellent cleansing performance.

As you try out these new products for your specific skin needs, don’t forget to first cleanse your skin for optimal result.

Vitamins & Supplements are Growing beyond the Pandemic

The already growing vitamins, minerals, and supplements (VMS) category has enjoyed significant boost from changing health priority amid the Covid-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, monthly VMS spending has increased by 10-15%, while 20% of non-consumers have said that they would start consuming VMS. Such increase was concentrated on immune boosters such as vitamin C and vitamin D on the onset of the pandemic, which saw a growth of up to 16 times in March 2020. In the US, vitamin C makes up only 12% of the VMS market, but contributed to 26% of the market growth.  

The same growth was seen in Indonesia. According to a survey in July 2020, 84% of consumers in the 25-34 age group and 83% of consumers in the 35-44 age group said that their VMS consumption has increased amid the pandemic. Indonesian VMS start-up You reported that their multivitamin sales almost tripled.

Such growth in VMS consumption began well before COVID-19, pushed by growing interest in health and wellness. Between 2014 and 2018, the VMS global market saw a consistent annual growth of around 6.3%. This trend is further boosted by the pandemic and particularly prevalent among young people. While 11% of Americans claim higher VMS purchase, this number jumped to around 15% among GenZ and millennials. 

The increasing interest in VMS along with supply chain problems due to pandemic-related lockdowns resulted in an interesting few months for the VMS sector. Following an oversupply in 2019, rising demand and production halt sent prices skyrocketing. Entering 2021, supply and demand have begun to stabilize. 

However, VMS popularity is here to stay, even as we get out of the pandemic. The global immune health supplements market was projected at $19 billion in 2020. Further annual growth is expected at 7.7% toward an estimated market value of $43.5 billion by 2031. While the largest growth will continue to be seen in North America, East Asia, and Europe, developing nations such as India, Brazil, and Indonesia will see significant growth as well.

In Indonesia, growing health awareness will be a major driver. Even before the pandemic, health expenditure in Indonesia has been steadily increasing from $27 per capita in 2004 to $112 per capita in 2018. Covid-19 has further increased this awareness. A 2020 survey shows that 54% of consumers are planning to continue to consume vitamins and supplements after the pandemic. The Indonesian Vitamin D market in particular is expected to grow by 7% from $1.1 billion in 2020 to $1.6 billion in 2025 following a growing awareness on Vitamin D deficiency and osteoporosis prevalence. 

This trend means ample opportunity for pharmaceutical industry players. The pandemic however, also highlighted the unpreparedness of Indonesia’s pharmaceutical sector. Early on in the pandemic in May 2020, operational capacity of Indonesian pharmaceutical firms was cut to 55-60% due to supply chain disruption. This came as no surprise as Indonesia imports around 90% of raw ingredients with a majority coming from China. 

Learning from this experience, the Indonesian government is seeking to cut the country’s reliance on imported raw materials by cutting import by 35% by 2022. The Indonesian Coordinating Board (BKPM) is also trying to make it easier to set up pharmaceutical business in the country through streamlined licensing and fiscal incentives. 

All of these are good news for the national pharmaceutical industry. The Indonesian pharmaceutical market is valued at US$6 billion and expected to reach $10.11 billion in 2021. Moving forward, the national pharmaceutical industry is projected to grow by 12-13% per year.

Pandemic, Beauty Influencers, and Emerging Local Brands: The Forces that Reshape Indonesian Beauty Industry

Throughout the years, the $500-billion beauty industry has shown extreme resilience, recording an average of 4.6% growth annually in the last decade. The Covid-19 pandemic however proved to be a harder hit to the industry, as the lockdown forced store closures around the world. This led to the shutdown of approximately 30% of the beauty market, which doesn’t come as a surprise considering that a majority of customers still prefers to purchase beauty products online, even those in the tech-savvy Gen Z and Millennials groups.

In this disruption, skincare, haircare, and bath and body products rose to become the new heroes of the beauty industry. Europe’s Zalando reported 300% increase of skin, nail, and haircare products, while Amazon reported 65% increase of bath and body products. 

In Indonesia, users of outdoor care such as sunscreen dropped by more than 13% during the pandemic. For skincare products such as serum, day and night cream, and eye cream, the decline is maintained below 10%. As the industry began to recover in 2021, it is further boosted by online sales, which is dominated by local brands. Local skincare products saw sales doubled in Q1 2021 and Tokopedia reported 60% sales increase in the skincare category, comprising face wash, serum, face mask, and moisturizer.  

One of the products that we have seen gaining popularity is serum. In June 2021, serum sales on the e-commerce platform Shopee reached IDR148.02 billion, driven by local brands. Local brands have become so popular as they offer cheaper options, which allow the Indonesian market to embrace these products that were previously considered premium. This is further boosted by beauty influencers, who have successfully made local brands go viral.

Bahtera as a specialty chemical distributor saw a 100% increase in active ingredient sales during the pandemic as a result of this growing interest in serum. Based on our observation, acne and brightening remain the most popular product segments, followed by moisturizing and anti-aging. 

As Indonesians look for the next big thing in the beauty industry, new trends will continue to emerge. Boosters, which offer more potency, will take the reign. Blue light protection will also dominate the market as Indonesians spend more time indoor and on their gadgets.

One thing is for certain: influencers and growing local brands will continue to drive trend in the Indonesian beauty industry moving forward. In recent years, local brands have played a key role in providing customers with more diverge options. And the number of local beauty brands in the country continues to grow rapidly. In 2018 alone, 760 local cosmetics brands emerged. The number is staggering compared to 153 new brands in 2017. 

Studies also show that 80% of global consumers make beauty-related purchases based on influencers’ recommendation. In Indonesia, beauty influencers contribute to the boom of Korean beauty products, influencing 39% of purchases. The combination of the two will encourage Indonesian customers to be bolder in exploring new beauty trends and trying on unique, innovative products.