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Developing the right formula

In 1981, Bernard Fraisse, 25 years old, created a small packaging unit around which he set up a company named RCI. Working with a small team, he quickly diversified his business and integrated chemical product research, formulation, and production, transforming his small packaging unit into Fabrication Chimique Ardéchoise (FCA). 
It was a winning formula. With its numerous areas of expertise, FCA prospers. In the 1990s, it once again broadened its field of activities to include household products and aerosols. Then it expanded to cosmetics and, finally, pharmaceutical production.

Sharing his dream

FCA went from a national SME to an international company. In 2004, it changed its name. True to his ambitious spirit and his roots, Bernard Fraisse renamed it Fareva, which means “inspire to dream” in a dialect spoken in the Ardèche region of France. This name still reflects the spirit of our group.
The success story continued throughout the following years. Fareva acquired production sites throughout Europe and then on the American continent. Over the years, the group has built strong relationships with its new customers. Perhaps even with you, who are reading this story today.

The dream continues

30 years later, Fareva has become one of the world leaders in industrial subcontracting in the household & industrial, beauty, makeup, pharmaceutical, and API sectors.
Still headed by Bernard Fraisse, the company has a turnover of 1.8 billion euros and employs more than 13,000 people in more than 40 locations worldwide.
Throughout its rich history, Fareva has evolved while maintaining the values instilled by its founder from the outset: passion, enthusiasm, autonomy, and acknowledgment.  
Each of our employees shares these values, like a family. These values motivate each of us, on a daily basis, to outdo ourselves, to pass it on, to... inspire people to dream.

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    Founding of Rhône Chimie Industrie (RCI)

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    Founding of Fabrication Chimique Ardéchoise (FCA)

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    Launch of the cosmetics business

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     Launch of the pharmaceutical business

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    Founding of the holding company Fareva and development of a global strategy

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    Development of the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API)

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    Expansion in Europe

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    Establishment in the United States and Brazil

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    Takeover of the Chromavis group

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    Agreement with Walgreens Boots Alliance

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    Since 2020

    Investment in 4 sterile pharmaceutical sites


Inspiring people is what Fareva means in a dialect spoken in the Ardèche region (“faire rêver” in French which means "inspire to dream").

Bernard Fraisse