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Cosmetic Valley highlights packaging supply tensions as industry converts to hand sanitizer production

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Cosmetic Valley highlights packaging supply tensions as industry converts to hand sanitizer production

As cosmetics and fragrance players shift their activity towards the production of hand sanitizer to help in the fight against coronavirus, French business cluster Cosmetic Valley has highlighted difficulties in the supply of not just raw materials for the formula, but also packaging.

“We realized that when we called on companies to produce hand sanitizer, many of them were saying that they needed certain raw materials to make the gel itself, but also containers with which to package it,” Cosmetic Valley deputy ceo, Enterprises & Territories, Soline Godet told Luxe Packaging Insight. “Currently the shortage is very much centered on packaging.” Indeed, some suppliers are even awaiting raw materials to be able to manufacture the bottles, and there is also the issue that some packaging companies have had to shut down production entirely.

In a bid to combat the tensions in supply and demand, Cosmetic Valley is making its Impact+ platform, allowing companies to search for and offer raw materials and packaging items, free of charge.

“The difficulties at the moment in sourcing raw materials and packaging are so great that we decided to open up our platform so that all companies active in fragrances and cosmetics, but also other sectors, can submit their offers or needs,” said Godet, highlighting that alcohol suppliers who normally work more with the spirits industry have joined Impact+.

Cosmetic Valley will soon make a specific call for packaging companies so that they can position themselves in a stronger way on the Impact+ platform to be able to offer containers to those producing hand sanitizer, adds Godet.

France published a decree on March 13 authorizing cosmetics companies to convert a part of their production lines to make hand sanitizer. More than 80 companies have responded to the call, according to Cosmetic Valley, which has now joined the Stopcovid19 government platform that tracks the available stocks and production of hand sanitizer to centralize collective efforts.

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