Faber-Castell Cosmetics to open production facility in the US

By Deanna Utroske contact

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image via Faber-Castell
image via Faber-Castell
Upon celebrating 40 years in the makeup pencil and pen supply business at a reception last night in New York City, the company announced plans for a first North American manufacturing facility.

The renowned German pencil maker produces cosmetic solutions for face, eyes, lips, and nails. Faber-Castell maintains full vertically integrated production facilities in Germany and opened an overseas production site in Brazil 5 years ago.

Now Dr. Christina Zech, managing director of Faber-Castell Cosmetics, tells Cosmetics Design that the company’s next production facility will be here in the US—in Elgin, Illinois.  

New location

Chicago-adjacent, Elgin, Illinois, is equidistant from the East and West Coast markets in the US and globally connected too, thanks to its proximity (30 minutes) from O’Hair International Airport. And location was a key reason Faber-Castell chose their site, says Zech.

The area also has a ready, skilled technical workforce, and welcomes foreign investment, she tells Cosmetics Design. Faber-Castell worked closely with a group called Intersect Illinois that helps business locate in the state and was particularly happy, according to Zech, to assist a clean industrial business like Faber-Castell find a home in Illinois.

The new facility will be “commissioned in the first half of 2019,” ​according to press materials shared by Faber-Castell at Wednesday’s reception.

Speaking to size and scope of the new facility, in printed remarks, Countess Mary Von Faber-Castell says, “This state-of-the-art manufacturing plant with an initial space occupied of 45,000 sq. ft entirely dedicated to manufacture of our cosmetics will employ about thirty people.”

Original strategy

Faber-Castell Cosmetics prides itself on having a fully integrated manufacturing business. And that will be the case in Elgin, Illinois, as well.

To bring the company's signature quality and short lead times to the region, Faber-Castell is setting up its new site with the same vertically integrated process and agile supply chain, says Zech.

“This is a big step for us,” ​Von Faber-Castell tells the press, “but an even bigger step for our customers, since we will be starting several different product lines tailored to their needs,” ​she says, hinting at new  innovations to come.

“This new plant will offer customers in the US the same speed-to-market and convienice as in Europe or Brazil,” ​says Von Faber-Castell.

New innovations and collection

While in New York City this week, the company is exhibiting its latest cosmetics solutions at MakeUp in New York.  At the trade show, Faber-Castell is featuring a ready-to-market collection of eye, lip, and completion pens and pencils (with a sort of around-the-world naming strategy ), including  Oriental Glow, “a golden liner infused with metallic pearls”;​ Scandinavian Style, “a dye-stuff lipstick with staining effect;”​ and Aloha Kiss, “a glossy lip balm with radiant glow under black light.”

And at Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna earlier this year, the company launched Blush Freckles and Fun Freckles—solutions for a very popular emerging color trend (makeup freckles).

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DeannaUtroskeEditor

Deanna Utroske, CosmeticsDesign.com Editor, covers beauty business news in the Americas region and publishes the weekly Indie Beauty Profile column, showcasing the inspiring work of entrepreneurs and innovative brands.

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