September 2018, Cosmetics Design:

Faber-Castell Cosmetics to open production facility in the US

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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 bald 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).

Company's first US production site will be in Elgin, IL.

Private label cosmetics maker Faber-Castell Cosmetics is opening its first US manufacturing plant in Elgin, IL. The announcement came from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Faber-Castell Cosmetics, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

The facility will produce cosmetic pencils for the North American market.
“I am proud to announce this project during the 40th year of Faber-Castell Cosmetics,” said company president Countess Mary von Faber-Castell. “The US facility will become Faber-Castell Cosmetics’ beta factory with exceptional, industry-standard processes and systems, in addition to offering US customers the same speed-to-market and convenience now enjoyed by Europe and Brazil.”

“It is an honor to welcome Faber-Castell to the Illinois manufacturing family,” said Gov. Rauner, who visited with the company in Stein, Germany in late spring during a trade mission to Poland and Germany. “Faber-Castell has a remarkable legacy in Germany, and I am proud that they have chosen Illinois to be the next phase in their journey. We look forward to working with them and helping them thrive in Elgin.”

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