The legendary tercentenary whisky house has entrusted Cosfibel with the production of two boxes, with an ambitious objective: to reflect Finn Thomson’s historical heritage and the strong values that have forged its prestige: innovation, audacity and creativity.

The brief that Finn & Thomson entrusted to Cosfibel reflects the core identity of the brand : sharing the «uncasking» experience. That timeless moment when the whisky has reached its prime, when the barrel is opened and its contents unlocked forever. wine and spirit

The core and rare ranges packagings play on the subtle evocation of the concept of uncasking, working the metaphor of the barrel through the lines, colours and materials used.

wine and spiritThe core range packaging offers a unique concept of card based tube : a 100% recyclable nonagon tube with a card base, echoing the brand’s iconic 9-sided bottle.

A side for each chapter in the Thomson whisky story, coming together like staves in a cask.

This nonagon concept and the history it carries is also declined in the rare range, an exceptional single casks aged for at least 30 years from some of Scotland’s finest distilleries.

This luxurious box is made of MDF (middle density fibers) sublimated by a golden metal ring as an opening and closing system.

 

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In an industry that is seeking to reinvent itself, packaging innovation and research & development are at the heart of the issues. Cosfibel Group has created a dedicated innovation division (link to design and innovation), which works intelligently with all its departments to assert itself as a major player in the transition towards sustainable packaging.

“Green is the true chic”: the 4Rs, the golden rules of sustainable packaging innovation

Our designers, supported by the research and packaging innovation teams, aim to offer creations that meet the most modern eco-responsibility criteria. This ambition is based on 4 fundamental pillars:

 

reduce

Reduce: less material, less transformation, less transport, less CO2(…): reduction is a key point of packaging innovation. Single-material creations are one of the best illustrations of this. Our teams are developing collections of top-of-the-range boxes made of 100% recycled cardboard.

 

 

 

recycle Recycling: Our engineers, R&D departments and designers work together to offer recyclable and/or recycled packaging solutions: Recycled PET, recycled polycotton, use of metal and long life cycle materials…

 

 

 

reuseReuse: the reusability aspect is one of the main focuses of research in packaging innovation. The replacement of single-use objects and materials with reusable equivalents is at the heart of our creations.

 

 

 

rethinkRethink: packaging innovation is at the heart of our activity. Cosfibel Premium has filed numerous patents on sustainable packaging concepts: zipperless and magnetless closure systems, single-material boxes, etc. Our teams carry out constant research to avoid the use of fossil plastics and materials with a high impact on the environment (water, CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions…).

 

 

 

Discover all our actions in favor of the environment here and our environmental and social policy on our dedicated page.

Since 2012, Cosfibel Premium, a global supplier of packaging solutions and promotional gifts in the beauty sector, has brought together under the CARES program (Cosfibel Actions for Responsible and Ethical Sustainability) all the actions and efforts implemented in terms of ethics, safety, social and environmental policies. With a growing level of requirements and increasingly precise measures, Cosfibel Premium is determined to be at the forefront of social and environmental progress, as well as packaging innovation, spearheading more virtuous practices.

The CARES program has 3 major objectives:
– Implement best environmental practices internally as well as with our suppliers and partners, positioning Cosfibel Premium as a leader in the transition to sustainable packaging and an eco-responsible pack & gift industry.
– Guarantee dignified working conditions and respect for irreproachable ethics throughout the production chain, in accordance with Cosfibel’s values.
– Coordinate and develop our international solidarity actions & promote social progress.

“At Cosfibel, we place respect for people and nature at the top of our values. To bring these values to life, we implement concrete, audited and measurable actions to continuously improve our environmental impact and help make our pack & gift industry more inclusive and progressive. This culture infuses the entire group and applies to all our departments: design, sourcing, manufacturing, logistics, packaging innovation (link to our “design and innovation” page), R&D…” explains Laurence, CSR and sourcing director of Cosfibel Group.

Towards responsible packaging innovation: an ambitious environmental and human policy

CARES steers Cosfibel Premium’s environmental policy by ensuring that its employees, partners and suppliers follow good practices. These practices are audited and certified by eco-labels that reinforce this dual environmental and social commitment:

FairtradeFAIRTRADE MAX HAVELAAR: The Fairtrade Max Havelaar® license for cotton items guarantees a fair income for cotton pickers and opposes the abusive use of chemicals.

 

 

ecovadisIn 2021, the Ecovadis Platinum label, which rewards the top 1% of the most virtuous companies, has been awarded to Cosfibel Premium after years of work and research to make it a reference in terms of sustainable packaging innovation.

GOTSGOTS is a certified supply chain and label for organic textile production.

 

 

 

In parallel, the CARES program centralizes the calculation of CO2 emissions and organizes their compensation. In 2O21, all Scope 1 CO2 emissions were offset thanks to our commitment to a reforestation project in Brazil.

Through CARES Academy, our CSR teams are also committed to ensuring that our production partners adopt these values and practices. A training program on environmental, ethical and social issues has been deployed in Europe, Asia and Africa (in French, English and Mandarin) on a wide range of topics: waste management and optimization, recycling, green energy, health and safety at work, etc.

Finally, Cosfibel Premium implements, via the CARES program, solidarity actions in favor of vulnerable populations.
Laurence, CSR and Sourcing Director, explains: “With CARES, we organize a solidarity program that we strengthen every year, particularly in favor of migrant workers and orphans in China. Since 2016, we have been working with partner factories that employ former migrant workers, enabling them to live with their families. We have also developed the “Toy program”: we make toys from production scraps, which are distributed in Chinese orphanages. Finally, we promote women and their autonomy through our internal recruitment policy and by working primarily with business partners led by women.”

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Faced with the various crisis that have been sowing turmoil in the world economy for more than two years, Cosfibel Group is working together to ensure its customers an unchanged quality of service in terms of cost, supply chain and logistics, while always remaining committed to limiting risks. Port or factory closures, confinements, raw material shortages, soaring costs and lead times (…) the health crisis and, more recently, the war in Ukraine are imposing major constraints on a pack & gift industry that is by nature based on international exchanges and permanent reactivity. To meet this major challenge, the group is implementing security plans orchestrated by purchasing and logistics teams who have redoubled their efforts to maintain the quality of service at the heart of Cosfibel’s DNA.

A solid network of partners to consolidate our supply chain and logistics

In a competitive and demanding pack & gift industry, the availability of resources, costs and deadlines are the key to optimal service quality. By mastering those variables, Cosfibel Group established itself as one of the European leaders in its market. To achieve this, the group has been building long-lasting relationships with reliable production partners around the world for more than twenty years.

Camille, the group’s Purchasing Manager, explains how this network guarantees maximum security: “We are able to offer ‘plan Bs’ at a single producer by relying on reliable partners located in different Chinese provinces. Our historical local partners offer different production sites, ensuring in-depth knowledge of the quality and expected know-how, as well as the ability to carry out an equivalent order in a different region than the one initially planned, while respecting the advertised prices, delivery times and quality. This major asset has enabled us to overcome the recent confinement of Shanghai.

This vast network of partners now allows the group to meet the same demand in different geographical areas with an equivalent quality of service. Cosfibel can thus rely on a network of local producers in Asia as well as in Europe or more recently in North and Central America. This is a major advantage for participating in the relocation of our industries and thus facing confinements, waiting times in ports or factories, or soaring raw material costs: in the event of a partner’s failure, complementary production can be carried out with agility at a factory elsewhere in the world.

Agility at the service of logistics

supply chain and logisticsKarima, Logistics Director at Cosfibel, comes back on the importance of this logistical flexibility: “By relying on this agility, we can also respond favorably to an increase in quantity, even at the last minute, both for boxes and for gifts. In the middle of a pandemic, our teams managed to triple an initial order of one million pieces, while respecting the costs and deadlines.

To overcome supply problems, we can also send raw materials to a manufacturer who would not be able to obtain them on his own, thus enabling him to complete the expected order.

In support of these guarantees, Cosfibel’s logistics teams negotiate commitments on container prices and secure space via a double contract set up with their logistics partners (two options for each departure).

Diversification of our production partners, a key of our supply chain

supply chain and logistics

“In parallel with this close relationship with our historical partners, we have been pursuing a policy of diversifying our sourcing as well as our production sites for several years. Our shortlist of

partners is expanding accordingly, in particular with new Asian countries that now have local know-how that was previously found only in China. This expansion policy further increases our capacity to carry out projects despite failures and unforeseen events,” explains Camille, Cosfibel’s Purchasing Director.

A local anchorage

Finally, Cosfibel also relies on technical and development teams around the world, notably in China, which allows it to overcome certain local constraints, whether they are temporary or long-lasting.

“Recently, the long delivery times to Hong Kong from China were the cause of delays in production. The presence of teams in Hong Kong and Shenzhen allowed us to get around these delays thanks to our local relays,” explains Camille, the group’s purchasing director.

In the pack & gift industry, material innovation is today a fundamental pillar in the race for renewal and differentiation.

 

At Cosfibel, material engineers and designers work hand in hand to unearth tomorrow’s trends and identify materials that meet the ambitious standards of sustainability and creativity that constitute the group’s DNA. Among these promising innovations, washable paper stands out for its originality and workability. By focusing on this resource early on, Cosfibel is pioneering its use as a design material.

 

Washable paper bags, pouches, cases… a new tool for professional packaging

Initially used as a replacement for leather on jeans labels, washable paper has now been diverted for creative purposes, becoming a raw material, particularly used in our «art of gifting» creations.

Its workability (it can be transformed at will: sewing, printing, embossing, etc.), its robustness and its unique feel offer a vast range of possibilities to our designers who have made it a major asset to feed the needs of differentiation and creativity of our customers. The ability of this material to develop a patina over time gives it a natural vintage look that is much appreciated by design teams and clients alike.

Halfway between packaging and bag, washable paper offers a surprising texture: a paper feel, but a tear-proof material, with an appearance similar to that of certain leathers. Its lightness and durability make it a very interesting tool for our designers, which is also ideal for use in a single material design.

Fully washable and very resistant, washable paper offers a lifespan far superior to that of most «competing» materials, and is thus part of a sustainable «upcyclable» logic due to its longevity and its capacity to be transformed or reused.

The binder can be based on natural latex and the paper pulp from which it is made can be produced in sustainably managed forests.

Washable paper, an innovative paper solution for your packagings, bags and wrappings

The latest «Summer 2023» collection by Cosfibel Group’s design studio is a good example of the vast creative scope that washable paper offers.

 

washable paper bagsThis summery-looking bag is made entirely of washable paper (except for the handle).
The seam holds the flap in place discreetly, making it possible to dispense with a zip for equivalent strength. The elegant «ripple» effect of the backcloth is obtained by a debossing process that the washable paper supports perfectly.

 

washable paper

This creation, also from our Summer 2023 collection, offers a nice range of the different finishing techniques that washable paper allows. We find classic printing (the S and N of SUN) and a «bouclette» embroidery offering a nice relief to the U. The upper tongue is debossed to create this striated effect, the whole is sewn and the handle is obtained by a straight edge cut. This combination of finishing techniques gives rise to a creation that is both elegant and simple, for unrivalled resistance and durability.
 

 

 

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The Cosfibel Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Marie SERMADIRAS as the New Chief Executive Officer of all its operational subsidiaries, effective Jan 3rd, 2022.

 

Marie SERMADIRAS, 32, had joined Cosfibel in May 2021, as Executive Vice-President, to prepare her transition to full operational leadership.

She will report to her predecessor, the group’s Executive Chairman, Alain CHEVASSUS, who founded Cosfibel in 2001 and has been the company’s main shareholder since then.

In 2021, the COSFIBEL group reached a turnover close to 85 million USD$, slightly above 2019’s results, reinforcing its market share while preserving its profitability.

The group is expecting a strong 2022 with an ambitious objective of reaching the 100 million USD$ turnover milestone, with a strong focus on high-value-added markets such as cosmetics, wine & spirits and fine food.

Marie SERMADIRAS’s main mission will be to build the path for profitable and sustainable growth, structuring Cosfibel to become a Midcap player on its market. This growth will mainly rely on a double-digit organic growth, supported by external acquisitions that will depend on opportunities created in complementary niche markets.

 

Marie SERMADIRAS will count on the support of two historical key leaders of the organization who will continue to sit at the Executive Committee of the company:

  • Stanislas PERONNET, Deputy Managing Director, who has been recently entrusted with a new strategic mission of leading all innovation & sustainability topics for the group;
  • Natali SPASENIC, Corporate CFO in charge of Finance, management control and Administration.

Alain CHEVASSUS is delighted about this new chapter Cosfibel is starting with Marie SERMADIRAS’s appointment and declares:

“I met Marie by a happy coincidence three years ago. The last seven months of common work confirmed my conviction that Marie’s entrepreneurial spirit, past successes and enthusiastic team spirit would be strong assets for Cosfibel. I am particularly proud to pass the torch to a 32-year-old female leader who will – thanks to her modernity – be able to face today’s world challenges and successfully serve our clients, our teams and our shareholders.

Marie SERMADIRAS declares: « I am proud to have been entrusted by Alain and am very excited about joining such a competent, expert and passionate team. We have absolutely all the assets needed to open a successful new chapter for Cosfibel, thanks to a strong corporate culture combined with healthy foundations. I look forward to developing the company further with a clear ambition to accelerate our diversification and modernization.

About Cosfibel

For two decades, Cosfibel has been leading the European pack and gift industry. Its teams breed imagination to nurture design, cultivate intimacy to deeply sense customer’s needs and champion the technical multi-material expertise to bring the unexpected to life. Thanks to its innovative approach of “make & trade” and the complementarity of its various brands (Cosfibel Premium, Shopluxe, BoîteAlu, MMB, Cartec, Grumbe, Laser & Packfactory), the Cosfibel group quickly became its clients’ preferred one-stop-shop partner, providing tailored and turnkey multi-materials packs, gifts & merchandising accessories.

About Marie Sermadiras

After graduating with Honors from HEC Paris, Marie started her career as an entrepreneur at the age of 22. Her company – Treatwell – quickly became the leading booking platform for beauty services in France and draw the attention of Recruit, a Japanese listed company, that bought Treatwell and hired Marie Sermadiras as the CEO of their French subsidiary. After this entrepreneurial experience, Marie was appointed Global Chief Digital Officer of L’Oréal Active Cosmetics, the fastest-growing division of the L’Oréal group, becoming the youngest member of an Executive Committee within the group. In 2021, she joins Cosfibel for a new entrepreneurial adventure, discovering the challenges of SMEs, after three successful experiences in start-up, scale-up and big international corporation ecosystems.

Cosfibel creates a coffret for Penhaligon’s

 

For Christmas 2020, Cosfibel has developed a coffret with an English heritage and a cut-out decoration for the Quercus cologne by Penhaligon’s, the famous London fragrance house.

Globally launched in the runup to the holiday season, this limited edition was an instant hit. Based on a simple cardboard structure with a base and lid, Cosfibel played with a subtle litho-laminated cutout decor onto the sides of the box, representing a truck of the time. The printed motifs are highlighted using elegant hot stamping and protected with a mat coating.

Sustainable production

In tandem with the choice of a cardboard coffret, the internal chock is made from transparent RPET shaped to fit the bottle. It is coated with printed paper in the same shade as the outer box.

This development involved meticulous attention to detail, from the hand gluing of the different parts to the protection of the structure during the various production stages, from design to logistics.

At Cosfibel Premium, we place the environment at the heart of our approach. With this in mind, we have developed a range of customizable “eco-packaging” solutions for all your projects. This collection of five eco-designed boxes is based on three themes.

 

Extra Normal

Inspired by the poetry of everyday life, this simple and joyful theme plays with soft pastel colors to reveal a subtle creativity. Positive and spontaneous, these carefree colors turn away from the self-staging exacerbated by social networks. Their innocent fantasy recolors any environment, making every day an exceptional experience.

Simplicity, naturalness and benevolence are the key words of this collection that combines the strength of simplicity with the softness of its pastel tones.

Revelation

Inspired by Southeast Asia, particularly Indian craftsmanship and tribal motifs, this premium packaging line offers a discreet color palette. These sober and elegant tones offer a powerful resonance to the fantasy of the shapes deployed.

Weaving links between civilizations, these creations offer an escape to the unknown and take us on a journey to discover new ways of life. Drawn from the intercultural history of a region preserved from the great maelstrom of globalization, this range resolutely turns towards the other, conveying values of tolerance, sharing and open-mindedness.

Vibration

Flashy, joyful and kitsch, this line plays with bold and colorful patterns interwined with fantastic animals. Overflowing with fantasy, joy and enthusiasm, the rhythm of this theme sweeps everything along. Flashy, street-style, pop and kitsch: aesthetics collide and clash to blur the usual codes and propose a radically innovative urban universe.

 

Delicatessence

The softness of this theme sublimates the daily life with fine lines and singing colors. A thousand miles away from the bad waves and tensions of a world saturated with fake news, these emotionally charged packagings are intended to spare our sensibilities.

A line designed to soothe the body and soul with soft and smooth materials that comfort us, while preserving our planet.

Bold

This line, with its imposing volumes and sharp lines, asserts the desire to have an impact on our era. Behind the aesthetic orientations lies the inventiveness of colors, shapes and attitudes that reshape our idea of elegance in a contemporary spirit.

Otherworldly

While a new climatic or technological Big Bang is considered a possibility in the next decade, “The Other World” unveils the imagination of the first great explorers and ventures to conceive the idea of a post-technological world. Its survivalist spirit is inspired by the ingenious innovations demonstrated by early humans, highlighting craftsmanship and the connection between nature and the human hand.

Parade

Parade is the collection of the last hedonists, those who need their daily dose of wonder and want to live each moment as if it were their last. These epicureans who wear the colors of opulence high and claim it with humor and impertinence.

Draped in opulence and splendor, this festive spirit mocks the calls for austerity, rebels against minimalism and militates for an uninhibited hedonism… in total opposition to alarmist messages. We logically find prestigious materials and colors with a luxurious aura.

Cosfibel Premium wins the “Formes De Luxe Award 2020” for Paco Rabanne Invictus Limited Edition

 

To create this soccer-ball shaped coffret made of tin, Cosfibel Premium “pushed the limits” of the metal’s resistance and developed specific tooling.
It required close to 10 successive production operations, from stretching and shaping to the embossing that mimics a ball’s leather stitches. The brand name and logo are debossed, while additional information is screen-printed in black and white.

What’s innovative

The complex production operations required to create the coffret’s soccer-ball shape.

What’s green

The choice of tin for the coffret, for its recyclability.

What the jury said

“A fully recyclable tin coffret without any plastic components, well done! The “seams” designed to resemble leather that are replicated on the metal surface are particularly well executed. While the shape might not encourage reuse, the pack is easily recyclable.”