The German Cosmetic, Toiletry, Perfumery and Detergent Association (IKW), with office in Frankfurt am Main, was set-up in 1968 and is today one of the highest-profile industry associations in Europe.
IKW supports, advises and represents the interests of more than 400 small, mid-sized and large companies from the fields of beauty and home care with approximately 500,000 associated jobs, which cover with a sales value of almost EUR 17 billion approximately 95% of the market.
The products of the companies represented by IKW are used on an almost daily basis by every household. IKW satisfies the resulting need for information through its high readiness to engage in a dialogue with all stakeholders involved and hence strengthens the credibility of product-related communication concerning the use and safety of
beauty and home care products.
The Association supports its members, amongst other things, through a comprehensive service at the implementation of regulations, agency services for foreign trade shows and the processing of market data. It advises within the framework of diverse trainings, seminars, events and workshops as well as through written position papers and represents the interests of member companies through a comprehensive package of PR and communication activities as well as a far-reaching network.