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GCC focuses on providing brands with unique, attractive, and innovative bespoke cosmetic packaging

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GCC Packaging Group, the new umbrella company that includes Grace Cosmetics, has enjoyed steady growth over the last few years. Grace Chiu, GCC's Managing Director, attributes the company's success to focusing on one thing: giving cosmetic brands excellent bespoke packaging that is unique, attractive, and innovative. 

Grace, what is your current role at GCC?

My position in this group entails monitoring the management of both companies, meaning Grace Cosmetics and the overall GCC Packaging Group. I supervise the marketing and sales teams at a high level, and the teams we have in place execute projects and daily work. I also have the role of providing packaging ideas and concepts based on existing or upcoming trends, so I guess I have a bit to do with R&D as well, though I tend to leave the technical details to our specialists.

How has the company evolved since it was founded?

Initially, Grace Cosmetics used to target companies requiring full service formulation development. This was a big portion of the business when the company started. Beauty products for young teenagers accounted for about 80% of our sales. With fierce competition in prices originating in mainland China, beauty products seemed to become less about beauty and more of a price war. Getting tired of solely commercial activities without care or attention to the validity of products, we shifted markets to higher end, more prestigious brands. A few years ago, we saw more potential in innovative cosmetic packaging. We began to offer a way to bring simplicity into the sourcing process for businesses and truthfully, designing cosmetic packaging was just a lot more interesting. We then decided to improve our portfolio and offer bespoke packaging parts as well.

In 2016, we founded the GCC Packaging Group as part of this concept. That way, we could provide a more complete packaging service to all sorts of customers. Now the GCC Packaging Group not only does colour cosmetics, we're also launching new items for skin care and other beauty products. The future of our group is to provide a one-stop shop for beauty product customers, no matter what they bring us. Once they get in touch with either Grace Cosmetics or GCC Packaging Group, we will direct and provide the service they need, both full service and standard packaging from stock, from concept to complete product, including design and bespoke tooling should it be required.

You've moved recently, haven't you?

Yes, GCC recently purchased a new office in Tainan, in a quiet part of the city close to city hall. We needed more space to accommodate our office staff , the new place is about 400 square metres. The new office takes up three storeys: The first floor is for offices and reception, as well as a small staging warehouse in the back. The second floor is an open space we use as a photography studio, and we have a kitchen and dining area. We also use the space frequently for holding internal meetings, getting things together for shows, and holding training seminars. The third floor is my office and a meeting room.

What sort of products do you focus on now?

GCC is very strong when it comes to making plastic packaging for colour cosmetics - compacts, pots, jars, mascara and lipgloss containers, that sort of thing. We also have quite an extensive range of proprietary automatic pens that offer a whole array of different functions available for different uses. We release new designs and constantly, every year we have at least five to ten totally new concepts. We try to focus on designing different decoration options for a single product. That way we make it versatile and emphasize GCC’s capability to provide gorgeous decoration for our packaging. Our next releases will be a set of new slim click/twist lipstick containers and airtight lipstick cases.

Do you offer turnkey products?

That's not really what we do. We don't keep dozens of items ready to go, though we do have some items we can ship out. We focus on developing custom products and packaging. We excel at developing projects for customers, no matter how much of that project they need done. We have a team of experienced packaging engineers that know exactly what they're doing, they do a great job. For formulations, we have various contract partners with whom we work.

How do you come up with your creative decoration ideas?

Personally, I like to hop over to different shows, especially those that are not specifically about colour cosmetics. It gives me a whole new perspective on how to bring different techniques from various sectors together. When you approach package design and decoration in a different way, when you work outside the box, it gives packaging a new liveliness, a new vision. You get new insight on what beauty products could become. I also like to observe window displays, they often tell great stories and they lead me to ideas I would have never considered.

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Grace Cosmetics evolves into GCC Packaging Group

Grace Cosmetics evolves into GCC Packaging Group

Grace Cosmetics has been working on the restructure of the company so that it can further grow and develop on its packaging know-how and experience developed over the past two decades. The mature experience of the company will now be able to better satisfy the growing needs of the cosmetic market. Grace Cosmetics will furthermore be known as GCC Packaging Group to reflect the company's new direction. The focus of the company will be artistic design in combination with advanced packaging technology in order to achieve the most iconic packaging solutions.

Grace Cosmetics creates an airtight lipstick packaging design

Grace Cosmetics creates an airtight lipstick packaging design

GCC, well-known for its artistic and innovative packaging design is currently progressing in the development of its latest surprise innovation. Having researched recent fashion trends and through mass market feedback, Grace Cosmetics is creating a brand new airtight lipstick to satisfy the demand of the cosmetic market. The result of GCC's planning is an elegant, stylish lipstick packaging that keeps the product safe with a good air-tight barrier: A perfect lipstick product.

Grace Cosmetics releases a high definition brow pencil

Grace Cosmetics releases a high definition brow pencil

With decades of cosmetic product development experience, GCC has developed numerous project-focused designs for many professional make-up artists with successful packaging solutions. The company has released the High Definition Brow Pencil - a duo-end tool providing 2-way application: One end of a slim barrel available for filling lip liner, eye liner, eyebrow colors to create precise make-up effect, the other end of a tool that can be different brush styles to suit the product substance.

Grace Cosmetics shows beauty through aging

Grace Cosmetics shows beauty through aging

Beauty packaging is always seeking new notions of aesthetics from different materials. Awed by the beauty of copper, GCC packaging uses the technique of patina to create chemistry between plastic and metals. The most striking part of patina is a green, blue surface created by the slow chemical alteration of copper, producing a basic carbonate. This decoration technique used by Grace Cosmetics and ignited by cross industry collaboration will be a new concept brought to packaging innovation in 2016 for the company's cosmetic compacts.

GCCs new Fairy Dust Cosmetic Pen, specifically designed for upscale eye make up

GCC's new Fairy Dust Cosmetic Pen, specifically designed for upscale eye make up

GCC has released its latest make-up tool for eyes, the Fairy Dust Cosmetic Pen. It aims to illuminate and complete the application of facial make up by providing a shimmering touch to the eyes. Its sleek look is an extremely handy and portable size with a built in, spring loaded NBR eye shadow sponge that works exceedingly well when it comes to eye make-up application. It offers gentle yet firm and stable application to the eye lids, allowing consumers to apply shimmering powder and other make up types evenly and precisely without creating a mess.

GCCs clutch bags: Stylish protection for colour cosmetics

GCC's clutch bags: Stylish protection for colour cosmetics

The basic criteria for any packaging, premium or not, is the safe protection of the product contained within. Grace Cosmetics is well known in the cosmetic packaging industry for its creativity in developing novel cosmetic products as well as offering packaging innovations and has recently launched a new line of fabulous clutch bags as cosmetic palette packaging. The designers at GCC present two very different looks for the colour cosmetic clutch bag: Wildstyle and Bohemian.

Flocking decoration for GCCs beauty and cosmetic packaging

Flocking decoration for GCC's beauty and cosmetic packaging

Known as an innovative packaging provider, GCC, has once again brought a typical decoration technique to its products which until now has not been decorated in such a way - opening a new chapter in decoration for cosmetic packaging. In packaging decoration, flocking is a relatively simple process that applies fibre to a pre-processed packaging surface, however, a skilful artisan with specialist knowledge is essential to achieve a precise and desirable result.

GCC reintroduces the artistic form of cosmetic packaging

GCC reintroduces "the artistic form of cosmetic packaging"

Every year, the entire crew at Grace Cosmetics does market research and trend analysis work, then presents collections of packaging designs based on specific themes throughout the year. In 2015, Grace Cosmetics has absorbed the traditional Chinese artistic design of the Tang Dynasty and combined it with artistry techniques from Japan to create hand-made crafts that echo its 2015 topic, "the artistic form of cosmetic packaging". It dismisses industrial mass-production and brings back the old tradition of hand-made individualistic detailing.

GCCs ornamental cosmetic components in tortoise shell style

GCC's ornamental cosmetic components in tortoise shell style

The mottled tortoise shell pattern has always been considered unique, luxurious and pretty. Grace Cosmetics Co., presents its latest cosmetic collection in tortoise shell style to satisfy the thirst of those that crave the natural chic of tortoise shell. Based in Taiwan & China, GCC has the most up-to-date product and style innovations as well as professional technology to serve beauty and cosmetic companies. The recent release of the tortoise shell collection proves to be a strategic move to show how the company's utility and artistic sides synchronize perfectly together resulting in a beautiful and practical product.

GCC presents a new look for lip gloss packaging

GCC presents a new look for lip gloss packaging

Lip gloss is one of the most purchased cosmetic products, highly popular in its giving a sheer gloss coating to make lips shine out. Lip gloss products are usually available in wide range of tinted shades very often housed in a transparent container with the applicator attached onto the cap. GCC has recently released a new lip gloss packaging which changes the product's standard appearance through the addition of a metallic cap and decorated with a colour gradient over the bottle.

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