Lessonia (Saint-Thonan, 100 employees), specialised in the processing of plants and seaweed for the cosmetic industry, has achieved turnover of €12 M (year 2016-2017). The company is aiming for turnover of €30 M and the creation of 20 jobs within two years.
To meet market demand, Lessonia is investing €5 M in the construction of a new 8,000 m2 plant enabling it to double its production capacity, improve its competitiveness and capture new markets. The new facility will be up and running in the Spring of 2018. Its business is divided between ingredients (40% of its business) and finished goods (60%). It works with more than 800 customers with very different profiles: such brands as Filorga, Thalgo or Clarins and smaller players in France and abroad (60% of turnover). No customer accounts for over 5% of turnover.
Lessonia’s strong point also lies in its great innovation capacity. It claims to have been the first in France to develop cellulose masks, these masks in pouches that are unfolded and placed on the face like a second skin.
Lessonia also scored points by anticipating regulatory changes on exfoliants which provides for a ban on the plastic particles contained in these products effective from 1 January 2018. The company has acquired a leading position on natural herbal exfoliants. To protect the company’s future, Christophe Winckler, who founded the company in 2002, is about to sell 25% of the capital to management, ensuring the decision-making centre remains in Bretagne.
Source : Lettre API – 17/05/2017
Photo credit : Lessonia