Home Cosmetic Science Talk Formulating General Anybody interested in starting a short-run formulation, contract manufacturing and filling business?

  • davidw

    April 26, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    I actually recently purchased a tube filler. However, I wouldn’t fill a short run of tubes. Too much, way too much set up involved. Not unless someone was going to pay around $10 per tube for a 200 or 300 pcs run.

    That being said, had I bought a tube sealer I would entertain doing short runs because the set up is really not to long on those.

  • Fastfiller

    April 27, 2016 at 3:33 am

    What pricing do you think customers would pay for a couple hundred tubes filled/sealed? 
    Do you get many of these requests? 

  • DragoN

    April 27, 2016 at 4:21 am

    please share your thoughts, could something like this even be profitable?
    Why not?

     where would be the best place to advertise for this type of service to evaluate the level of interest?  
    No idea, But CC is a good place to start. 

    would more profits be made on the formulation, or manufacturing, or filling/packaging?
    Depends where you want to focus and your equipment. 

    Sourcing: Why not leave that to the client? They deliver to you what is required. That is their headache. Not yours. And extra goes home with them. 

    Bottles: You act inadvertently as a representative for various companies, and have samples on hand. Client chooses bottle, you order from company. 

    Flat rate on setup. (based on # of ingredients/ types) Whether 100 bottles, or 5000. Your time and expertise is covered and per bottle/ tube the price is built in. 

    The greater the quantity, the more you make, and that is the time variable, but your initial set up is covered large or small.

    You’ll have to run the numbers and include taxes, insurance and any other expenses, rent etc…electric…see if it is feasible and your breakeven point. 

  • Fastfiller

    April 27, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for your input.  Do you have any ideas on what flat-rate pricing somebody needing this service would be willing to pay for say 100 tubes, 250 tubes, 500 tubes, 1,000 tubes?  (this would be a flat-rate price for just filling and sealing of the tubes.  The customer would supply empty tubes, the product bulk and shipper boxes.)

  • Wolf

    October 13, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Hello,  I just joined this great forum and hope I’m not too far out on this thread which started in April.
    As everyone here seems to agree, there is a need for these types of services, and these services do come with many of the for mentioned challenges listed here.  
    We have recently ventured into small run tube filling services and are learning, and evolving as this moves forward.  At this time we do not have a  flat fee
    payment scale, we charge per project, as each one seems to be a little different
    from the last. 
    If  anyone is interested in getting plastic tubes filled please contact us. 

  • davidw

    October 15, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    IS that the tube sealer from The Whole Package?

  • Wolf

    October 17, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    No, we are not affiliated with them.
    We have several automated, full production hot air tube fillers.

  • Anonymous

    May 22, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Hello, I’m looking for a test run of 1,000 tubes for filling and sealing. Can you recommend someone?  Thanks. 

  • johnb

    May 22, 2017 at 7:08 am


    It would be better to begin a new discussion for your request.

    This thread is rather old and the title doesn’t fit very well with what you are asking.

  • emily.flemer

    May 31, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    We are currently operating with no minimums. Definitely a gap in the market for this!! Happy to help anyone out there just launching!

    Emily Flemer

    Business Development Specialist


    Debut Development LLC

    897 S 6th Avenue, Ste 1

    Wauchula, FL 33873


    Ph. 863.448.9081 ext. 503


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