For many years the U.S. cosmetics industry has more relied, for its packaging sourcing on low-cost countries (Asia, China, and also Mexico) to take advantage of low labour costs.
But the situation has changed significantly due to different elements:
– China’s forced economic and social development has resulted in a significant increase in labour and energy costs, and production costs in Asia are now close to those in Western countries.
– Chinese cosmetics packaging industry has shifted from an export-dominated model to a predominantly domestic industry.
So is a return to homeland possible? It seems that the trend is for the relocation of production on the U.S. territory.