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BARWA Cooperative was set up in Cracow. The seat was located at Rynek Główny 33. On the 15th of April 1949 the entity was registered under name of: Wytwórnia Artykułów Chemiczno-Gospodarczych Spółdzielnia Pracy BARWA. From the very start it entered the market as soap manufacturer. The first product was common soap.
In 1950 the first logo was introduced. From the very start up until now Barwa is represented by a parrot.
The Cooperative started to broaden its product range by Christmas decorations. Barwa’s products started to be exported to USA, Canada, Great Britain, Germany and France.
In the 60′s the Company broadened its product range by a. o. shoe polish and floor paste. In total the production took place in six manufacturing departments located across the city of Cracow.
As late as the end of the 60′s Barwa launched production of hair dyes, tailors’ chalk, office mucilage, animal marking ink, Sanit powder and Pucyk cleaning paste, which was the prototype for Oli paste, which has been included in the Company’s product range until today
In 1974 the Company celebrated its 25th anniversary.
The Company’s name was officially changed to Przemysłowe Zakłady Chemii Gospodarczej Barwa – Spółdzielnia Pracy.
In 1977 the product range was broadened by specialised soaps in bars. Barwa manufactured many kinds of soaps dedicated for wide circle of clients. In total the range featured 11 sorts of this product, including sulphur, undecylenic (manufactured until present), salicylic, ichthammol, calamus and hop as well as tar soaps.
In 1978 production of Jagna washing up liquid was launched.
In 1979 automatic soap production line was purchased. The Mazzoni line was among the most modern in Poland.
The 80′s In the 80′s the Company’s logo was changed for the first time.
Barwa entered the market of body care cosmetics. The product range included among others : hair shampoos, intimate care liquids and liquid soaps. The MISS brand was also registered, then becoming one of the key brands in the Company’s portfolio.
The logotype gets simpler and more understandable. Red parrot over the Company’s name in black appears on the products until 2007. The logo itself is still in force up until now, and varies in colour version only.
The Company’s new headquarters was moved from Rynek Główny to its new address at ul. Lea 210a in Cracow.
The line included soap shavings, toilet soap and hair shampoo. In the following years, along with increase in popularity, the line became broadened by bath lotion and washing liquid.
Stanisław Brożyna started working at Barwa in 1989 as Cooperative’s deputy Technical Manager. Since 1992 he served uninterruptedly as the Company’s President up until 2013.
In June 1997 Barwa received a prestigious distinction Silver AS for business solidity and reliability and promoting Polish entrepreneurship.
In October 2000 change of legal form took place from Work Cooperative to Limited Company.
At present the Company acts in accordance with ISO 9001:2008. The annual audits are conducted pursuant to provisions of quality system by TÜV Rheinland InterCert.
Starting from 2004 all soaps by Barwa are manufactured on basis of natural plant chips derived from palm oil.
In September 2007 construction of the Company’s new headquarters and production plant at ul. Szafrana 11 in Cracow was completed. Therefore Barwa became owner of one of the most advanced cosmetic and household care products factory in Poland.
In January 2008 the Company purchased the top modern soap packaging machine ACMA 7250. At the moment of the purchase it was the only device of such type in Poland.
Barwa joined BUSINESS GAZELLES 2008 and received the title awarded by “Puls Biznesu” journal editorial team for highly dynamic development, enviable reputation, honesty towards business partners, employees and the State Treasury.
In 2010 Barwa purchased automatic line for liquid products packaging.
Antibacterial mattifying cream of Siarkowa Moc line received a prestigious prize called All-Time Cosmetic Product awarded by the most popular cosmetic web portal Wizaż.pl. The prize was awarded for the best and highest notes given by the portal’s consumers and reviewers.
Barwa set priority on development and started its expansion over foreign markets. In the first few months of the Company’s activity on that field could we already boast the presence of our cosmetic products not only on the markets in Europe, but also in the Middle East.
BARWA is a modern company equipped with world class machine park and fully automated soap production line. Within the period of 2008-2010 it has undergone many modernizations and expansion of its factory, the effect of which was full integration of production plants along with product packaging lines. Furthermore the modernization has integrated production with quality control laboratory, research and development laboratory and warehouse for product high quantity storing. The result is maximum acceleration of production time and intensification of use of own resources.
he quality control laboratory allows for accurate analysis and control on each stage of product creation. Barwa has its own research and development laboratory, where research over innovative cosmetic formulas is being constantly conducted. Safety and effectiveness of new formulation are under check, and inspiration for new skincare ranges are derived from the latest achievements of contemporary cosmetology and dermatology. Process of household care products creation is based on current trends and news appearing on the market, as well as clients’ needs.
Both the research and development, and quality control laboratories are fitted with specialised measuring equipment (viscometers, moisture analyzers, conductivity meters, pH meters, centrifuges, homogenisers etc.), what gives numerous possibilities of conducting detailed physical and chemical tests. Modern equipment found in the laboratories (incubators, fume cupboards, high-speed stirrers, magnetic stirrers, analytical balances, microscopes, etc.) allows for creating formulations including the specific needs of Polish consumers.
Barwa branded cosmetics, before being introduced to the market, undergo tests conducted by specialists in dermatology, microbiology and application.
High quality of our products is confirmed by numerous awards and distinctions.
The Barwa Company, as a social activist, respects laws of nature also, therefore does not test its products on animals.
In March 2014, we started expanding into foreign markets.
Only a few months was enough to our cosmetics are available
not only in Europe but also in the Middle East or overseas.
Barwa is involved in philanthropic way from the very beginning of its presence on the market. It was already in the 40′s when it started to function as a cooperative, being involved in local initiatives addressed to the population of Cracow. During the systemic changes of 1989 in Poland on basis of legal system Barwa switched from cooperative into company, though still keeping up with its tradition of helping local communities.
At present Barwa is involved in permanent cooperation with Stowarzyszenie Piękne Anioły (Beautiful Angels Association), which supports poor families by providing in-kind help in order to improve their social and living conditions. The Company’s manufacturing potential is cosmetics and household care products, which for some families are still a luxury. Therefore Barwa made the decision to bring help with the best it is able to offer.
Furthermore the Company gets involved in natural environment protection by introducing waste segregation in offices, limiting the electric energy consumption and using old documents as paper sheets to be printed. Since 2014 Barwa decided to support Stowarzyszenie Czysta Polska (Clean Poland Association) in Czyste Tatry (Clean Tatra) action. Therefore necessary cosmetic products were delivered to volunteers, who were involved in a five-day action of cleaning Tatra National Park of waste.
Apart from participating in regular actions Barwa also brings material support to orphanages, foundations and associations.