Our History

We started as a small plant in Portugal in 1965 and have evolved into a global player with a presence on 3 continents.

Our more than 55 years of experience are a result of the passion and commitment of Colep Consumer Products’ teams.




The company is founded in Vale de Cambra with the name COLEP – Costa Leite Pinho, the family name of the company founder, Ilídio Pinho – and started its activity as a metallic packaging manufacturer, especially metal packaging for cookies.


COLEP started the Contract Manufacturing activity and becomes one of the few companies in the business of formulation, production, filling and packaging.


First direct investment outside Portugal with the acquisition of S. C. Johnson’s plant in Spain, creating a new company called “COLEP España – Embalajes u Productos Envasados, S.A.”


The RAR Group acquires COLEP from COLEP Holding.


Beginning of the activities in COLEP Polska, a Greenfield Contract Manufacturing plant in Poland.


The merger of Colep and CCL Custom Manufacturing Europe forms COLEPCCL and created the largest European Contract Manufacturer of personal care, cosmetic, OTC medicated and household care products.


Launch of the Innovation Centre.


Acquisition of Czewo Full Filling Service GmbH enables these two manufacturers (COLEPCCL & Czewo), both partners of major brands-owners, to complement and further expand their respective strengths.


The company enters Brazil with one Aerosol Filling plant and two Liquid sites on COLEP’s first strategic expansion outside of Europe.


COLEPCCL changes its name to COLEP.


COLEP announced the acquisition of “Aerosoles y Liquidos S.A de C.V.”, in Santiago de Querétaro, a contract manufacturing aerosol personal care plant in Mexico.


COLEP forms a strategic alliance with the One Asia Network, branded as ACOA.


New liquids factory in Kleszczów, Poland.


COLEP announces the split of its business into two new companies: Colep Consumer Products and Colep Packaging.