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ProTec Group Management Changes

ProTec Ingredia and ProTec Botanica, both market leaders in the supply of cosmetic ingredients to the Personal Care Industry, are announcing management changes to their respective businesses.

ProTec Ingredia was founded in 2011 and has been headed up by Managing Director Alan Eastwood since its inception. Effective June 1st 2021, Alan Eastwood will relinquish his duties as Managing Director and will move into a new ProTec Group Chairman role.

Alan was also instrumental in setting up ProTec Botanica, where he has served as Managing Director since 2014.

We are therefore pleased to announce the following changes to the ProTec Group Management:

  • Kevin Cousins will become Managing Director of ProTec Ingredia UK
  • Dean Lockton will become Managing Director of ProTec Botanica
  • Tomasz Piotrowski will become Managing Director of ProTec Ingredia Poland

Kevin, Dean and Tomasz will take over the day-to-day management of their respective businesses and will be fully responsible for all operational matters. We wish them all the success in their new roles.

ProTec Group Chairman, Alan Eastwood comments: “This is a fantastic group of people and I want to thank everyone for the help and support they have given me, many for a long period of time. The ProTec Group is growing rapidly, and the businesses are strong and moving fast towards an exciting future. I am confident that our new leadership team will be successful in taking them there.”

For further information, please contact:

Sales EnquiriesMarketing Enquiries
Dean LocktonJosh White
DirectorMarketing & Communications Manager

Focus On: Geranium Oil

Geranium Oil is obtained from the multi-branched shrub Pelargonium graveolens (L.) Geraniaceae that is considered native to South Africa. This particular shrub grows best in a warm and dry climate and can reach two to three feet in height. It is now found commonly across many continents, and our material has Egyptian origin.

With aromatic grey and green leaves, the Geranium flowers have a fresh, light and sweet rose scent and can vary from a pale pink to almost white, flowering ready for the first cut and distillation in June. Geranium Oil offers fresh, rose, floral and green notes, a perfect formulation component for various industries, including the cosmetics, pharmaceutical and fragrance market.

Today, many view Egypt as the world’s most important Geranium Oil producer, producing around 150 tons of oil each year.

Properties, benefits & uses of Geranium Oil:

Geranium Oil is a widely used ingredient most commonly seen in perfumes, moisturising creams, household items and lotion formulas.

Geranium Oil is one of the most popular essential oils due to the various suggested therapeutic and healing properties, making it a relaxing and calming ingredient commonly used in aromatherapy. Historically known to help fight infection, neurodegenerative disease and allergies, Geranium Oil could help lift depression, treat anxiety and reduce stress whilst enhancing the mood and balancing the mind. 

INCI: Pelargonium graveolens Flower Oil

How we make our Geranium Oil:

Geranium Oil is produced by steam distillation of the aerial part with the harvest commencing in June. The harvested ingredients are often left to wilt for 1-2 days before distillation. Geranium Oil is 100% pure and natural, a quality of which ProTec Botanica is very proud of bringing to the market.

Oil grades available:

Certified organic and conventional • floviva Geranium Oil


Dambale Pre-School: rising from the dust

We are excited to update you all about Dambale Pre-School located in Dambale Village, South Africa. Last year we donated $1,000 USD to the Baobab Foundation to help with the construction of Dambale Pre-School.

Dambale Village: where small children have nowhere to go

Dambale village is a picturesque village located in rural Venda with around 4500 residents. With 95% of these residents being unemployed, many rely solely on agriculture, remittance and government assistance to survive. Approximately 50 – 70 young children aged between 1 – 6 do not have a pre-school to go to, and the lucky few who do, are only equipped with a small two-room building with no toilet, kitchen or basic learning equipment.

The objective

The overall objective is to create a three classroom building that will be fully equipped with tables, chairs, blankets etc. and a baby room where young children will sleep. There will be a covered open-plan area for children to play and eat their lunch to accompany the building. Furthermore, there will be child-safe toilets and a fully equipped kitchen.

Dambale Pre-School: rising from the dust

Since early February, various building supplies such as cement, bricks, windows frames, doors and roofing material has been delivered, and construction is well underway. The building’s foundation and walls have been continuously developing, and now it is time to put on the roof that will be commencing within the next coming week.

By the end of April, the plastering and painting of the building will be complete, then that is where the school will start to become equipped with school tables, chairs, cooking and eating utensils, and everything possibly needed to make the school a happy, safe and enjoyable place for all pupils. The pre-school is expected to be complete by the end of the school holidays in June.

To find out more about the Baobab Foundation and more about what they do, click here!