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Hauts-de-France: first stop on Cosmetic Valley's Tour de France

At the end of November, the Cosmetic Valley competitiveness cluster launched a tour of France's regions, with Hauts-de-France as the first stopover.

Hauts-de-France is France's leading cosmetics exporting region. The region attracts some of the biggest names in the sector, including LVMH, L'Oréal, Chanel, Colgate Palmolive and Unilever.

The industrial wealth of the Hauts-de-France region is reflected not only in the production sites of major groups, but also in the diversity of companies contributing to every stage of the process: from mold makers to glassmakers (Pochet, Verescence, Stoelzle), plastics manufacturers (Pijaplast, Qualipac, etc.), raw material suppliers (Roquette, Aiglon, etc.), shapers (Superga, Sarbec, Alkos, etc.) and packaging and logistics companies.

Research and innovation are also very much in evidence. The Université d'Artois, involved with Cosmetic Valley, is actively participating in accredited projects linked to plant-based chemistry. Links with institutions such as UTC Compiègne, Escom and the University of Lille will further stimulate innovation in the sector.

Making contacts

During this first leg of its tour, the Cosmetic Valley competitiveness cluster got closer to its members through company visits. These meetings enabled players such as Labosphère, Superga Beauty, Aiglon, HelioScreen and Pijaplast to showcase their innovative projects and explore the support opportunities offered by Cosmetic Valley.

The visit to Hauts-de-France ended on November 24 with a network event, the "Cosmetic Contact", a unique meeting between manufacturers, public laboratories and training organizations from across the perfumery-cosmetics sector. Cosmetic Valley's regional stops are also aimed at meeting potential local partners. 

"This first step in the Hauts-de-France region marks the beginning of a strengthened dialogue between Cosmetic Valley, its members and key regional players. We are convinced that this fruitful collaboration will further stimulate innovation, research and development in the regional cosmetics industry".said Soline Godet, Cosmetic Valley Deputy Managing Director, Businesses and Territories. 

Hauts-de-France in figures

  • 1st exporting region in 2022: €6.4 billion
  • 338 establishments, including 164 industrial sites and 174 retail outlets.
  • Four L'Oréal sites, two Chanel sites, two LVMH sites, one Colgate/Palmolive site, one Unilever site.
  • 16,790 jobs: 47 % with suppliers and subcontractors (7,914 employees), 26.5% with brands (4,445 employees), 26.4% in retail (4,431 employees).

Helioscreen Cosmetic Sciences in Creil, a company specializing in in vitro sun testing since 1999.

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