Gerresheimer: identifying counterfeit cosmetics products by using a smartphone

 - Gerresheimer AG
Gerresheimer pilot app scanning the protected product and identifying it as a “genuine” product.
Düsseldorf/Olten, March 02, 2023. Fake beauty products are on the rise impacting consumer safety and damaging the cosmetic industry. Gerresheimer with its expertise for glass packaging has partnered with TruTag Technologies, a brand protection specialist, to offer an innovative, secure digitization solution for cosmetic brands. The solution involves the integration of invisible microparticles that can be detected and decoded by a smartphone directly on the products. Consumers or brand protection experts can use an app to scan and authenticate the beauty product packed in Gerresheimer glass.

Smartphone-ready authentication solution for cosmetic packaging

"Luxury industries and cosmetics are particularly affected by counterfeiting and the problem is growing steadily due to increased online shopping. Counterfeit cosmetic products do not just harm the reputation of health and beauty brands, they are also dangerous to end-consumers.” says Nicola Balena, Global Vice President Cosmetics at Gerresheimer. Moreover, there is a lot of money being made with fake beauty products. This is harmful to the consumer financially and qualitatively as the content of such products is often inferior. Counterfeit products therefore also damage the image of well-known brands. With strong competence in creative design and innovative solution development, Gerresheimer has partnered with TruTag Technologies to develop a smart-phone ready solution to detect fake cosmetic products.

“Smartphone compatibility enables the mass verification of cosmetics by consumers before they use their products. We believe this is a game-changer from a consumer safety perspective.” says Michael Bartholomeusz, CEO of TruTag Technologies. Today, almost all solutions that enable authentication of a single product require special detectors or sophisticated equipment. The new solution developed by Gerresheimer and TruTag Technologies requires only a commercially available smartphone.

“Driven by the growing problem of fake products in both cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry, Gerresheimer is now working on a digital solution to combine unit-level tracking data with authenticated products to tackle counterfeiting from multiple angles.” states Lea Amstad, Head Digital Health Solutions.

Gerresheimer provides healthcare and beauty packaging products that reflect attractiveness and aesthetic appeal for fragrances, skin care, body care, hair care and color cosmetics. Dedication to detail and quality combined with the competence in creative design and solution development are the reasons why Gerresheimer is a first choice partner. The company is at the customers’ side from idea generation to the launch of a tailor-made product.

About Gerresheimer

Gerresheimer is a leading global partner to the pharma and healthcare industry. With specialty products made of glass and plastic, the company contributes to health and well-being. Gerresheimer is represented worldwide and produces with around 10,000 employees wherever its customers and markets are. With plants in Europe, North and South America and Asia, Gerresheimer generates sales of around €1.5 billion. Its wide range of products includes pharmaceutical packaging and products for the simple and safe administration of medicines: Insulin pens, inhalers, micropumps, prefillable syringes, injection vials, ampoules, bottles and containers for liquid and solid medications with closure and safety systems as well as packaging for the cosmetics industry.

About TruTag Technologies

TruTag Technologies is a global leader in brand protection and consumer engagement solutions. TruTag Technologies works with brands in different industries to securely digitize their products. In doing so, brands have the opportunity to safeguard customers, protect their supply chains and encourage consumer engagement.

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