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Our story

Over the nearly 70 years of its existence, Rossow has gradually focused on the distribution of specialty ingredients, mainly for cosmetic and industrial applications.
Initially focused solely on the French market, our activity gradually expanded to European markets in the 90s, then to North American markets in 2004.
Driven by the principles of ethics and the protection of health, safety and the environment, maintained at the highest level of importance, for over 20 years we have focused our efforts on offering specialty ingredients from sustainable and renewable sources.
As a natural consequence, we have taken numerous steps to support our CSR commitments.
As a family-run business, it has been a constant in our history to uphold our values and commitments to a more sustainable world, not only today, but for generations to come.
Nicolas Rossow
Ets B. Rossow et Cie was founded in Marseille by Björn Rossow, a Norwegian by birth. At the time, the company was distributing seafood products imported from Norway for animal feed and certain pharmaceutical applications (fish meal, marine oils, natural vitamins).
In the 60s
In the 60s, the company began its gradual diversification by distributing Scandinavian manufacturing equipment and raw materials to various industries.
A “Specialty Paints and Inks” division was set up and gradually became the core of the business, distributing resins, pigments, fillers and additives to traditional customers as well as to the plastics and paper industries.
During this year, the company underwent deep changes as its founding executives retired, and its offices were relocated to Paris. The company was completely restructured, and its business focused on chemical specialties for paints, printing inks, plastics and paper.
The cosmetics industry is becoming a development priority.
This year saw the transformation of the family business into a Société Anonyme (SA) and its acquisition by the new generation.
  • The company begins exporting ingredients for the cosmetics industry.
  • Gradually, the distribution of specialty ingredients takes precedence over that of commodities.
The company moves its headquarters to more functional premises in Levallois-Perret.
Sales to the cosmetics industry account for over 50% of the Group's total sales, with exports accounting for over 20%.
The Rossow Cosmétiques subsidiary is created to develop European cosmetics markets.
The “Cosmetics” laboratory, designed to characterize marketed ingredients, is created.
  • The Rossow Industries subsidiary, responsible for industrial markets in France, is created.
  • The entire family group obtains ISO 9001 V.2000 certification.
  • A new site, including offices, laboratory and warehouse, is built in Gennevilliers, where all the group's activities are located by the end of 2002.
The Rossow Group decides to expand into the United States
Rossow Cosmétiques USA llc is created with a local partner to develop distribution in the USA of cosmetic ingredients already distributed in Europe.
In the United States, Rossow Cosmétiques USA llc is taken over at 100% by the Rossow Group and becomes Rossow USA Inc.
In the United States, the Rossow USA Inc subsidiary moves into new offices in Matawan, New Jersey, in the immediate vicinity of the major American cosmetics players.
The Rossow Group signs the FECC Ethical and Business Principles Charter.
Nicolas Rossow becomes Chairman, taking over from Jean Rossow, who will have spent more than 30 years at the head of the Group. At the same time, Ets B. Rossow et Cie, Rossow Cosmétiques and Rossow Industries merge to create Rossow.
After almost 20 years in Gennevilliers near Paris, and with the aim of equipping the company with the resources necessary for its future development, the decision was taken to move the company to the heart of Cosmetic Valley in Chartres, located an hour southwest of Paris.
  • The Group moves to its new premises in Chartres.
  • Creation of our Italian subsidiary, Rossow Italia, in Milan.
A new milestone is reached: the Chartres site is certified ISO 14001.
This certification was made possible thanks to the Group's efforts to integrate all the requirements of this standard right from the construction of the new premises.
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