Cosmetics in Val d'Oise

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Testing and Measurement expertise


The Val d’Oise department supports business innovation and R&D, a priority focus of its economic development. It has encouraged the partnership with the Cosmetic Valley since 2009 in order to support its cosmetics sector. This Competitiveness Cluster brings together 300 member companies. Val d’Oise thus capitalises on its expertise in testing and measurement for cosmetic products, a field that represents a major challenge for the cosmetics sector and for its company base.

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Business conventions


COMET at Cergy-Pontoise - Many noninvasive methods are now used to characterize the cosmetic products properties and their interactions with skin and hair. Physico-chemical studies, biological and clinical effects measurements, the development of new instrumental techniques... are crucial for the cosmetic sector. COMET (Cosmetic Measurement & Testing) is the 1st scientific congress dedicated to cosmetics testing & measurement, the place where academic researchers, the major firms, SMEs and start-ups from around the world share knowledge and participate in scientific discussion.

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Close-up of a sector

The cosmetics sector represents 5,200 jobs in the Val d’Oise department. It is one of the sectors that has made the most progress in the territory over the past 10 years.
The third-largest sector in terms of exports in France, with 25% of the global market, the French cosmetics industry is mainly divided between three regions: Île-de-France, where it originated, and the regions of Centre-Val de Loire and Normandy. 800 companies in these 3 regions, of which 78% are SMEs, are listed within the Cosmetic Valley competitiveness
cluster. More than one cosmetic product in 10 sold throughout the world is made in the Cosmetic Valley, which has become the world’s leading cosmetics territory.

Sysley chooses Val d'Oise

In the Île-de-France region, which constitutes the largest employment market in the sector, Val d’Oise is home to major names in the cosmetics and perfume industry, most of which have been established for over a quarter of a century.

For example, the Ales Groupe, which has been developing its personal care products Lierac, its range of hair care products Phyto and its Caron perfumes in Bezons since 1988; Clarins, established since 1976 in Val d’Oise, which operates laboratories and production units for its personal care and make-up lines in its 60,000 m2 facility in Pontoise; Matis, which produces professional hair care and beauty products in Osny; Les laboratoires Payot in Cergy; and Sisley, which has chosen to bring together its laboratories and global supply chain in a 45,000 m2 facility in Le Parc de Saint-Ouen l’Aumône.
Val d’Oise is also home to the laboratories and perfumery school of the world leader in aromas and fragrances, Givaudan, creator of perfumes like Angel by Thierry Mugler and Opium by Yves Saint-Laurent, and those of the world no. 5, the Japanese company Takasago, established in Argenteuil and Saint-Ouenl’Aumône respectively.

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