Our History

Discover the most important dates of the company history

In just a few years, Groupe Lemoine has become world leader on the cotton hygiene and skin care market:

  1. Over 100 customers worldwide on the 5 continents,
  2. Over 20 patents

 

In the Groupe Lemoine factories, each year are produced and distributed:

  1. 100 million boxes of cotton buds,
  2. 100 million packs of make-up remover pads,
  3. 10 million packs of cotton wool,
  4. 7 products manufactured per second

 

Late 1970s:

  1. The Lemoine family starts providing private label hygiene products such as shower gels and Eau de Cologne…

 

1986:

  1. Foundation of Lemoine S.A : Philippe Lemoine, a French entrepreneur, notices the absence of private label cotton products. Lemoine S.A is founded in Normandy, specializing in the production of cotton buds.

 

Corporate

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From 1994 to 2014

  1. Creation of Philstick in Normandy: manufacture of plastic sticks for cotton buds
  2. Creation of Philpack in Normandy, 2 production areas: injection, for manufacture of the cotton bud boxes and carding for manufacturing cotton coil
  3. Acquisition of Top Tips in Belgium. Site (baby buds) relocated in France (Normandy) in 2009
  4. Acquisition of Apco International in the Netherlands: manufacture of cotton make-up remover pads
  5. Acquisition of Sano. Site (pleats) relocated in France (Normandy) in 2003
  6. Acquisition of Flexicotton in Brazil. Shares sold in 2009
  7. Acquisition of US Cotton. Shares sold in 2008
  8. Acquisition of Rauscher in Germany (2014)

International

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1987
First Export, in Europe
1991
First deliveries in the United States
1995
First deliveries in Brazil
1998
First deliveries in Asia-Pacific and South Asia
1999
First deliveries in Russia
2000
First deliveries in the Middle East
2011
49% turnover outside France

Innovation

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1988
Launch of the cosmetic buds in France (maquinette)
1997
Launch of one-piece, round dispensers : Flip Top Boxes
Lancement du Stoppeur : bâtonnet sécurité bébés
2008
Launch of the organic and fair trade ranges with GOTS coton certified by ECOCERT Greenlife.
2011
Launch of the Safety Stick: Adult safety bud
Launch of the Safety Easy Box and Easy Box 300, rectangular, one-piece boxes
Launch of the Pro Soft : an innovative cotton pad
2012
Launch of the Safety Stick on the market
Applistick with its 4 references of Stick Labell (Intermarché) has won the “TROPHEE LSA INNOVATION”