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Full-service cosmetics contract manufacturing “Made in Germany”

KHK GmbH was founded 30 years ago and is a medium-sized family business with 45 employees at its location in Hürth near Cologne.
The cosmetics specialists at KHK research, develop and produce for customers from the entire cosmetics segment in the field of ”solid lipids”. In addition to a special focus on lip care, waterless formulations are developed for various care products, from beard wax to body butter and deodorant cream.

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“Driven by scientific curiosity and the desire to develop high-quality, sustainable cosmetic products, we work as a team in a collaborative process that always results in an innovative product.
Our claim ‘Made in Germany’ in combination with our openness to innovation ensures a dynamic that is reflected in the quality and diversity of our developments.”

Dr. Thomas Kiepe, General manager

Core Competencies
• High degree of specialization in the hot fill sector
• Waterless care products with a focus on lip care
• Development of customized formulations
• Demand-oriented bulk production and filling at our site near Cologne, Germany
• Intensive research and development a. o. with external partners
• High degree of flexibility
• Short decision-making channels with flat hierarchy

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Research & Development

Research & Development
With the support of Germany’s Central Innovation Program for SMEs (ZIM), various research projects have been carried out in recent years. The research budget of KHK GmbH amounts to 4.2 % of sales. In addition, the chemists are constantly researching innovative materials and formulations.
After receiving the briefing, the customized formulation development starts in line with the customers specifications:
• Raw material research in the desired quality, e. g. from controlled organic or fair trade cultivation or with a focus on regional raw materials
• Incorporation and testing of the raw materials provided
• Incorporation of special (target-group-specific) active ingredients
• Filling tests to ensure scalability
• Stability tests in the selected packaging material
• Support and implementation of certifications (including vegan, halal, Fairtrade, NATRUE, COSMOS)
• Customer audits / audits by external certifiers

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Boiler filling

The investment in state-of-the-art equipment has increased productivity, reduced rejects, improved scalability and optimized raw material and energy use.
• Analytical equipment: Melting point meter, density meter and refractometer for monitoring raw materials
• Climate cabinet and temperature cabinets for stability studies
• 3 boilers for different batch sizes from 25–800 kg
• 3 filling lines for hot filling in push-out tubes, top and back filling
• Capacity: 23.5 million pieces/year
• Finishing using a screen printing and digital printing machine
• Own injection molding tools for primary packaging
• Excellent quality management/quality control
• Production in line with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) ISO 22716 and ISO 9001:2015 for

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Bulk production

Full service or services on demand – at KHK GmbH everything comes from a single source. Short decision-making channels and the simple coordination of all steps enable fast and flexibly action, either as a full service provider or through the modular selection of individual process steps:
• Raw materials: Consulting, research and procurement
• Formulations: Development, stability tests, scalability
• Documentation: Preparation of product information file according to cosmetic regulations
• Quality assurance: Auditing and documentation by customers or external service providers
• Tests: Execution of epicutaneous tests, efficacy proofs, UV tests and individual analyses
• Consulting: Review of claims, artwork and publications
• Start-up special: Support for young companies (sample production for product presentations or pitches, small initial runs, design development)
• Production: Bulk production, filling, packaging
• Logistics: Palletizing and shipping according to specifications

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Filling line

Primary and Secondary Packaging
Sustainable primary packaging:
• Lip balm sticks, also made from recycled plastic or sugar-canebased Green PE (mono-material).
• (Lip) care sticks and jars made of compostable cardboard packaging
• Jars made from bio-based plastic
• Unpackaged (solid) lip and body care products

Classic primary packaging:
• High quality lip balms in aluminum cases
• Classic lip balm sticks with push-out tube
• Jars made of glass, aluminum or plastic
• Packaging with larger filling volumes, e. g. for sun, body or deodorant sticks
• Provided primary packaging materials

Secondary packaging (preferably FSC-certified):
• Matching folding box to the finished product
• Classic blisters for the retail trade
• Displays and trays for POS
• Packaging and labeling according to specifications
• Packaging in provided packaging material

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Briefing on product development

• In-house screen or digital printing
• Labeling
• Implementation of other techniques such as hot foil transfer by external partners

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Primary packaging

KHK GmbH is an innovator, developer and manufacturer of high-quality traditional and natural cosmetics. Operational processes are holistically considered, analyzed and improved; economic goals are combined with ecologically and socially compatible action.
• Determination of site- and process-related emissions with a specially created CO2 tool
• Electricity for buildings and production from renewable sources
• Preferential use of raw materials from regional, sustainable and fair trade cultivation
• Lip balm sticks made from recycled plastic or mono-material Green PE
• All packaging made of FSC-certified cardboard
• Various “solid” care products that do not require primary packaging
• CO2-neutral shipping of UPS shipments
• Use of public transport for commuting and business trips
• Vehicle fleet increasingly electrified

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Production and warehouse

Innungstr. 29
D-50354 Huerth
Tel: +49 (0)2233-71771-0

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