Pochet buys Solev

Group extends design expertise

Pochet, the French producer of bottles for use in perfumery and cosmetics, has taken over its compatriot company Solev, which specialises in the decoration and protection of bottles.

Solev brings Pochet know-how in the field of decoration, particularly metallisation on glass and plastic, along with innovative finishing methods such as laser decoration and internal lacquering. The company employs 450 people on two sites, one at Martel in France’s Lot region and the other in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Solev posted sales of €21m in 2009.

Earlier this year Pochet acquired the former Lisi subsidiary Lisi Cosmetics, now renamed Qualicosmetics.

The two acquisitions reinforce the group’s position as a global leader in premium packaging for the perfume and cosmetics industry.

“Our acquisition of Qualicosmetics and Solev completes our technological expertise, thus enabling us to offer our clients a comprehensive service and strengthen our international presence,” says Irene Gosset, president of the Pochet Group’s board of directors.

Qualicosmetics provides expertise in the conversion and decoration of aluminium, plastic injection and metal stamping. It employs around 500 people at three plants in France.

The Pochet Group says it can now provide clients with a comprehensive service: bottles, glass or plastic jars, stoppers combining plastic and metal, make-up compacts, accessories and promotional items among others, all making use of specifically tailored multiple finishing techniques.

The company says it now generates a revenue of around €500m and employs nearly 6,000 people spread across 20 sites worldwide including 13 in France.

“The prospects are really exciting”, continues Gosset. “And as we have always done, we will continue to emphasise the satisfaction of our customers in accordance with the family culture that has always been the cornerstone of our success”.

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