8th April 2021

Colep, a leading global player in the consumer goods packaging and contract manufacturing industries, announces its intention to split its businesses into two new entities, from the 1st July 2021. Those entities will be named Colep Packaging and Colep Consumer Products. The RAR Group, sole shareholder of Colep, will remain the 100% shareholder of both new entities.

This decision comes from the realisation that, although serving similar industries, the packaging and contract manufacturing businesses of Colep are essentially different, both operationally and strategically.

The current marketplace requires companies to be more agile and act faster. This split will provide the respective management teams with the required autonomy and empowerment to meet their customers’ and remaining stakeholders’ expectations and therefore, to achieve their strategic ambitions.

Colep has started the required legal procedures to complete this operation.

To lead the new companies Colep is appointing Paulo Sousa to become the CEO of Colep Packaging and Pierfranco Accardo to become the CEO of Colep Consumer Products. Both appointments will be effective from the 1st July 2021.

Paulo Sousa, currently the Managing Director of Colep’s Packaging Division, has been with the company for approximately 20 years, having successfully held commercial and operations leadership positions in both the Consumer Products and the Packaging Divisions.

Pierfranco Accardo, currently the Managing Director of the Consumer Products Division, joined Colep in January 2021, after a successful career in Consultancy and Contract Manufacturing within the Wellness, Healthcare and Beauty industries. Before joining Colep, Pierfranco held CEO positions at Art Cosmetics and Chromavis Fareva.

Colep’s current Healthcare Division will become part of Colep Consumer Products and will continue to enjoy a high level of autonomy under the leadership of its Managing Director, Christian Schmidt.

Vitor Neves, Colep´s current CEO and future Chairman of both new entities commented: “The step we are now taking is very important to empower the management team of each of our businesses to strengthen their position in their respective markets. I’m sure that Paulo and Pierfranco will bring their experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to lead their respective organisations to grow each of their businesses and provide our stakeholders with higher levels of satisfaction.”

For further information, please contact:

Mariana Joanes, Marketing Specialist


2nd September 2019

Colep, a leading global player in the consumer goods packaging and contract manufacturing industries, is pleased to announce that Charlie Sharman is joining Colep’s Board of Directors, as non-executive Director.  Charlie has over 30 years of leadership experience in the delivery of successful large-scale lean transformations across a broad range of industries. 

Charlie’s lean journey began in 1970s whilst heavily involved in the automotive industry transformation, under the guidance of several Japanese sensei’s from Toyota and Nissan. This led to management roles in a number of large world class international businesses.  Notably, Charlie was VP Europe at Danaher Motion, responsible for a business segment of 13 diverse companies.  This has led to a deep understanding of leading change in many countries, across a range of industries.  Charlie has garnered a reputation as one of the best in this field, by delivering significant year on year bottom line improvements.

The implementation of the OneColep Improvement Model has taken place with close collaboration with a team from the Kaizen Institute, of which Charlie was a part of.  In today’s current climate, businesses are under increased pressure to be innovative, efficient and agile and to meet growing pressures of globalisation and customer demand. In order to respond to these challenges, Charlie has been instrumental in supporting Colep by bringing his extensive experience to advise and nurture the design and implementation of the OneColep Improvement Model.

Vitor Neves, Colep CEO commented: “In the last years, Colep has seen substantial growth with mergers and acquisitions and the setting up of operations in new geographies, specifically Mexico, Brazil and UAE. As a result, there was a need for us to standardise our processes, systems and metrics, working as one company across all of our businesses and locations.  In his interactions with our teams, Charlie has proven to be an extremely valuable source of experience and knowledge and has always demonstrated a positive, challenging and “can-do” attitude.  It is with great enthusiasm that we announce Charlie’s incorporation to the Board of Directors, as non-executive Director.”

For further information, please contact:

Mariana Joanes, Marketing Specialist


18th September 2018


Colep, a leading global player in the consumer goods packaging and contract manufacturing industries, has collaborated with Henkel to deliver light weight tinplate cans for the brand owner’s professional hair styling brand Syoss.

Colep has developed the new packaging solution in a move to provide customers with a more sustainable packaging solution which uses less materials, energy and water.

Colep Industrial Director Metal Packaging, Jose Oliveira explains: “Combining mathematical models, process investments and new materials, we are reducing the material consumption in the three metal components. In this case, we are reducing the wall thickness of the aerosols by around 22%, using ‘double reduction’ material – harder material with lower wall thickness – in combination with a new seaming station. In this way, we can obtain the same performance, mechanical and chemical resistance assuring all the safety requests.”

Philippe Blank, Head of Packaging Innovation & Sustainability at Henkel’s Beauty Care Division commented: “The Syoss hair styling aerosol cans have been reduced by 18% in weight, which is a significant saving associated with the classical 3-piece tinplate can manufacturing process. Our continued commitment to reduce our environmental footprint by teaming up with strategical suppliers to work on sustainable joint development projects has been proven again with Colep. Finally, the new double-reduced tinplate aerosol cans deliver an important contribution to reach our corporate sustainability goals to achieve more with less and enable us to save up to 1,000 tons of CO2.”

The light weight cans are being used for 400ml and 500ml hairspray products in the following main brands: Syoss, Indola, Silhouette, Coiffeur and Rilken.

For further information, please contact:

Mariana Joanes, Marketing Specialist