US firm The New Silk Road has formed a manufacturing and marketing partnership with ServiGlobe International Manufacturing, a contract manufacturer based in Montreal, for skin and hair care products.
New Silk Road will provide silk protein/peptide powders processed at facilities in China and Chinese and Tokyo laboratories.
"These laboratories and mill have been our consistent quality source for 10 years," New Silk Road director Robert Averill said. "We have worked with ServiGlobe for several years," he added.
Louise Plante, president and CEO of ServiGlobe, will work with Miriam Gayle, architect of the MiriamGayle line of cosmetics and skin care, on development of the joint programme.
ServiGlobe offers additional product formulations with silk and also other exotic ingredients for skin such as avocado, Micronized Moroccan Lava Clay, Meadow Mist seed oil.
The New Silk Road, which began with a trip to China in 1980, has seen growing acceptance of its products among consumers. The company also has a food protein unit, SilPRO, formed in 2001 when the silk protein was introduced in the US at the request of the Japan Silk Association.
SilPRO claims that its silk protein food ingredient contains 18 amino acids and pure protein and no cholesterol, fat or sugars.