04-10-2013, 10:17 AM
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Most of the products we use are made by companies that are very small. The majority probably being one or two man shops. I'm curious how many people the "bigger" companies employ. I read some where that Simpsons employs around 14 people which would make it huge in the wet shaving world. Hopefully Mark will verify if that information is correct. Does anyone know how many other companies employ? I would think a few of the biggest would be Proraso, Geo F. Trumper, TOBS, and D.R. Harris.

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 04-10-2013, 11:29 AM
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This is something that would be very interesting.

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 04-10-2013, 11:35 AM
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That would be some good information to find out for sure. I'd also like to know how big of a kettle or kettles Cella and RazoRock soap makers use to make a batch.

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 04-10-2013, 12:30 PM
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My guess would be Proraso being fairly large, since it seems they are the "Gillette" of Italy, at least as far as creams and aftershaves go.

I wonder which company is the largest "native" shaving company in India is, since it seems they are one of the largest "traditional" shaving areas in the world and have local companies, such as Parker and Godrej (China seems to primarily export brushes and I haven't seen too many Chinese products).

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 04-10-2013, 01:08 PM
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 04-10-2013, 01:36 PM
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Throw Penhaligon's in there too. I think once you start to deal with stand alone stores, your employee count is going to skyrocket.

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 04-10-2013, 03:48 PM
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(04-10-2013, 01:08 PM)SLB04 Wrote: Mühle has 35 employees.

That's interesting I'm surprised Muhle has 35 employees. I'd be interested in knowing how many Merkur has.

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 04-10-2013, 06:03 PM
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I think Omega has 300 employees , they produce painting brushes as well.

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 04-10-2013, 06:05 PM
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Interesting thought, I keep thinking of different companies and wondering now.

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 04-10-2013, 10:11 PM
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Perhaps PPI. Not sure what else they make, but they make a lot of blades.

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 04-11-2013, 12:08 AM
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Proraso is Owned by Ludovico Martelli (Marvis and other brands), revenues range is 25 / 50 (Ml. euro), employees range 20 / 491 (which is a pretty wide range, I know).

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 04-11-2013, 02:22 AM
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(04-10-2013, 03:48 PM)tgutc Wrote:
(04-10-2013, 01:08 PM)SLB04 Wrote: Mühle has 35 employees.

That's interesting I'm surprised Muhle has 35 employees. I'd be interested in knowing how many Merkur has.

In 2001 Merkur had 86 employees.

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 04-11-2013, 02:37 AM
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Merkur was taken over by Dovo and now is a brand name of Dovo only. Dovo produces all kind of metal tools, like knives, scissors and so on. Only the shaving gear is sold under the old brand name Merkur.

The number of 86 employees is for the complete Dovo-company.

http://www.dovo.de/_english/standort.html

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 04-11-2013, 08:01 PM
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Very interesting thread. Icon_popcorn

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 04-12-2013, 11:16 AM
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(04-11-2013, 12:08 AM)MrDentini Wrote: Proraso is Owned by Ludovico Martelli (Marvis and other brands), revenues range is 25 / 50 (Ml. euro), employees range 20 / 491 (which is a pretty wide range, I know).

Let's say we just assume Proraso has closer to 500 employees than 20. Considering it's the "Gillette" of Italy you would think it would be a higher number. According to an article I found Gillette has 28,700 employees. I'm not sure if that's just in the U.S. or worldwide. Here's a link to the article.
http://investing.businessweek.com/resear...apId=29004

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 04-12-2013, 11:27 AM
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tgutc, I agree on the numbers but we have to consider that Proraso doesn't make razors or razor blades, while maybe that's the core business of Gillette.

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 05-30-2013, 03:25 PM
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This was an interesting post.

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 05-30-2013, 07:18 PM
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Easy. They're as big as their passion, expertise, reputation and ability to deliver.

Case and point: Bullgoose, Mike's Natural, Semogue, MdC, Sara Bonnyman Pottery, ...

I'll let you all complete that list as scores of companies deserve to be on that list...

In my eyes, we all have an abundance of HUGANTIC companies for which to be grateful, and that includes the one-person org charts. They're making more soaps and creams than we can use in a lifetime, more blades and razor combos than we could ever test. More brushes, pre and post shave products, and accessories. They are making tutorials and running forums.

I, for one, am grateful.

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