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Beauty is our passion

There is no company quite like Kao. We lead the beauty industry with distinctive brands and a history of innovation, along with our Japanese heritage. We work to enhance the unique strengths and values of our beauty care brands through our business foundation of Yoki-Monozukuri. This foundation allows us to offer products that meet the needs of our consumers by carefully studying the diverse range of people’s lifestyles and responding to changing needs and desires.

At Kao, we understand that our people are one of our core assets, and we strive for a working environment which allows our team members to flourish and grow. We encourage and recognize what’s powerful and unique in our employees, so they can reach their full potential and help to deliver the quality products that help people thrive throughout the world.

Brands that bring beauty and health

Kao Salon Academy

Enriching lives from many Locations

North America, Europe, Australia, Middle East, Africa

With global headquarters located in Tokyo, the Kao Group consists of a rich diversity of markets and employees. Kao’s operations throughout North America, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa are incredibly varied and include offices, salon training academies, manufacturing facilities and warehouse locations, as well as our Molton Brown® retail locations, all of which contribute to deliver products to enrich the lives of people across these markets.

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Kao worldwide locations overview

10 Brands • 22 Countries • Over 3,500+ People

Kao Offices worldwide locations

Offices:

AUSTRALIA:Level 3, 3-5 High Street, Auckland, New Zealand +64-9368-2195
AUSTRALIA:Level 1/19 Prospect Street Box Hill, Victoria 3128 +03-9897-1444
AUSTRALIA:1a The Crescent, Kingsgrove, New South Wales 2208 +02-9554-1900
AUSTRIA: Franzosenhausweg, 36 4030 Linz, Austria +43-732-385721-0 +43-732-385721-21
BELGIUM: Industriepark Klein Gent, Atealaan 16, 2270 Herenthout, Belgium +32-14-28 55 90+32-14-28 55 99
CANADA:#2-75 Courtneypark Drive W, Mississauga, Ontario, L5W 0E3905-670-78901-800-387-3873
CZECH REPUBLIC: Pražská 10, č.p. 675, 64200 Brno-Bosonohy, Pražská 00420-547 423 27000420-547 423 271
DENMARK: Dampfærgevej 13, 2100 Kopenhagen Ø +4546-152111+4546-153610
FINLAND: Juhanilantie 3, 01740 Vantaa, Finland +3589-41-542300+3589-41-542309
FRANCE: 11, rue Louis Phiippe, 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine, France +33 1 41 43 86 00+33 1 41 43 86 10
GERMANY: Pfungstädter Str. 98 -100, 64297 Darmstadt 0049 6151 / 502
ITALY: Leonida Bissolati 76, 00187 Roma (RM), Italy +39 (0) 06-42 74 55 21+39 (0) 06-42 02 11 23
JAPAN: 1-14-10 Nihonbashi Kayabacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-821003-3660-7111
NETHERLANDS: Berkenweg 7, 3818 LA Amersfoort, The Netherlands +31-85 486 4400+31-85 486 4300
NEW ZEALAND: Level 3, 3 - 5 High Street, Auckland, New Zealand +64-9368-5401+64-9368-5413
NORWAY: Karenslyst Alle 55 0277 Oslo, Norway +47 22 55 69 91
SOUTH AFRICA: Capital Hill Commercial Estate, Unit 3 K 101 Business Park,
Cnr K 101 & Le Roux Avenue, Midrand 1685, South Africa
+2711-312 5070+2711-312 4893
SWEDEN: Regeringsgatan 65, Stockholm, Sweden 111 56+46 8 556 020 70
SWITZERLAND: Ruessenstraße 12, 6340 Baar-Walterswil 004141-7660606004141-7618535
UNITED ARAB EMERITES: Lease Office Building #17, Offices 227 & 228,
Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971-4881-7991+971-4881-7992
UNITED KINGDOM: 130 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5EU, United Kingdom +44-203-540-1100+44-207-851-9889
UNITED KINGDOM: Green St, Elsenham, Bishop Stortford, Herts, CM22 6DS +44-127-964-8700
UNITED STATES: 312 Plum Street Building, Cincinnati, OH 45201, U.S.A. 513-629-5210
UNITED STATES: 2535 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45214, U.S.A. 513-421-1400
UNITED STATES: One Penn Plaza, 22nd Floor, Suite 2207, New York, NY 10119 212-643-1549
UNITED STATES: 100 North Charles Street, 15th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201 410-951-5400
Salons worldwide locations

Salon Academies:

AUSTRALIA: Level 3, 3-5 High Street, Auckland, New Zealand+64-9368-2195
AUSTRALIA: Level 1-7, 227-235 Unley Road, Malvern, South Australia 506+08-8271-5955
AUSTRALIA: 5 Cribb Street, Milton, Queensland 4064+07-3255-0080
AUSTRALIA: Level 1, 627 Chapel Street, South Yarra, Victoria 314 +03-9826-8044
AUSTRALIA: 116 Hobart Street, Mount Hawthorn, West Australia 6016 +08-9443-2965
AUSTRALIA: Level 5, 114 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 +13-0036-6689
AUSTRIA: Franzosenhausweg, 36 4030 Linz, Austria +43-732-385721-0+43-732-385721-21
AUSTRIA: Währingerstrasse 3 / Top 6, 1090 Wien +43-732-385721-0+43-732-385721-21
BELGIUM: Industriepark Klein Gent, Atealaan 16, 2270 Herenthout, Belgium +32-14-28 55 90+32-14-28 55 99
CANADA: #2-75 Courtneypark Drive W, Mississauga, Ontario, L5W 0E3905-670-78901-800-387-3873
CZECH REPUBLIC: Pražská 10, č.p. 675, 64200 Brno-Bosonohy, Pražská 00420-547 423 27000420-547 423 271
DENMARK: Dampfærgevej 13, 2100 Kopenhagen Ø +4546-152111+4546-153610
FINLAND: Kansakoulukuja 3, Helsinki, Finland 100 +3589-41-542309
GERMANY: Pfungstädter Str. 98 -100, 64297 Darmstadt 0049 6151 / 502
GERMANY: Charlottenstrasse 42, 10117 Berlin 0049 6151 / 502
GERMANY: Im Zollhof 11, 40221 Düsseldorf0049 6151 / 502
ITALY: Via Borgogna 3, Milano +39 (0) 06-42 74 55 21
NETHERLANDS: Berkenweg 7, 3818 LA Amersfoort, The Netherlands +31-85 486 4400+31-85 486 4300
NETHERLANDS: Laan van Malkenschoten 40, Apeldoorn, Netherlands 7333 NP+31-85 486 4400+31-85 486 4300
SOUTH AFRICA: Capital Hill Commercial Estate, Unit 3 K 101 Business Park,
Cnr K 101 & Le Roux Avenue, Midrand 1685, South Africa
+2711-312 5070+2711-312 4893
SOUTH AFRICA: Unit B, Ground floor, Century Gate,
Cnr Bosmansdam & Century Drv, Century City, 7441
+2711-312 5070
SOUTH AFRICA: No 2 Rydall Vale Park, Douglas Saunders Drive, La Lucia Ridge, 4051 +2711-312 5070
SWITZERLAND: Ruessenstraße 12, 6340 Baar-Walterswil 004141-7660606004141-7618535
SWITZERLAND: Rue du Grand – Pont 8, 1003 Lausanne 004141-7660606004141-7618535
UNITED KINGDOM: 130 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5EU, United Kingdom +44-203-540-1100+44-207-851-9889
UNITED KINGDOM: Green St, Elsenham, Bishop Stortford, Herts, CM22 6DS +44-127-964-8700
UNITED STATES: 1452 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 310-460-4172
UNITED STATES: 22 Little West 12th St, PH1, New York, NY 10014 646-780-7907
Manufacturing worldwide locations

Manufacturing:

GERMANY: Zerninstraße 12-18, 64297 Darmstadt 0049 6151 / 502
UNITED KINGDOM: Green St, Elsenham, Bishop Stortford, Herts, CM22 6DS +441279 648700
UNITED STATES: 2535 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45214, U.S.A. 1-513-421-14001-513-455-5373
Warehouse worldwide locations

Warehouses:

AUSTRALIA:Warehouse 43 Charles Street, Moonah, Tas 7009+03-62721815
AUSTRALIA:1a The Crescent, Kingsgrove, New South Wales 2208+02-95541900
CANADA:#110-1580 Brigantine Drive, Coquitlam, BC V3K 7C1604-777-5636
CZECH REPUBLIC: Pražská 10, č.p. 675, 64200 Brno-Bosonohy, Pražská 00420-547 423 27000420-547 423 271
FINLAND: Juhanilantie 3, 01740 Vantaa, Finland +3589-41-542300+3589-41-542309
SOUTH AFRICA: 64 Lechwe Street, Corporate Park, 1685 Midrand +2711-312 5070
UNITED KINGDOM: Green St, Elsenham, Bishop Stortford, Herts, CM22 6DS +441279 648700
UNITED STATES: 8778 LeSaint Drive, Hamilton, Ohio 450111-513-421-1400
KMS California® hair products, a Kao brand

Highlights from ourHistory

Take a trip through 130 years of innovation and the key milestones of our brands with our interactive timeline.

Kao History World’s Most Ethical Companies

2016

Kao Corporation is recognized as one of World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute, a U.S. think tank. Since the award’s inception in 2007, Kao is the only Japanese company that has received this recognition for ten straight years.

Guhl® taming shampoo, a Kao brand

2015

Guhl® wins a 2015 Glammy for its taming shampoo. Its unique formulation, consisting of Awapuhi, oil and keratin, keeps even wayward hair under control.

Kao History Molton Brown® wins awards

2015

Molton Brown® wins awards for “Best Men’s Grooming Product” for Post Shave Recovery Balm and “Best Bath & Body Product” for its Rhubarb & Rose Body Wash.

Kao History Jergens® celebrates the launch

2015

Jergens® celebrates the launch of Jergens® Wet Skin Moisturizer and Jergens® Natural Glow Instant Sun.

Kao History Top 100 Global Innovators

2014

Kao was named as one of the Top 100 Global Innovators by Thomson Reuters, an international news and information services provider.

Kao History Goldwell® introduces New Kerasilk

2013

Goldwell® introduces New Kerasilk, the first long-lasting and customizable Keratin treatment service with an additional home care program.

Kao History Molton Brown® is named winner

2012

Molton Brown® is named winner of Cosmetic Executive Women’s “Best British Brand” award and is granted Royal Warrant for the supply of toiletries to the royal household.

Kao History KMS introduces brand new packaging

2011

KMS California® introduces brand new packaging and a new obsession with freedom of style, with a daring approach that’s completely unique.

Kao History Jergens® Natural Glow

2005

Jergens® Natural Glow, a revolutionary daily moisturizer, is invented. It sells out during the first week of advertising and becomes the largest new product launch in the history of its category.

Kao History Black Peppercorn Body Wash

2002

Molton Brown®’s Black Peppercorn Body Wash is launched. It becomes an instant bestseller, going on to win many awards.

Kao History Goldwell® introduces its expert color range

2001

In a true breakthrough with new technology, Goldwell® introduces its expert color range with a Kao patent – Elumen.

Kao History Curél, the first skin care brand for sensitive skin

1999

After years of extensive research, Curél®, the first skin care brand for sensitive skin, is born. A new body care series is launched.

Kao History Bioré®Pore Deep Cleansing Nose Strip

1997

Bioré® Pore Deep Cleansing Nose Strip is introduced, becomes the top-selling skin care product and wins the Glammy for Invention of the Year.

Kao History John Frieda® launches Frizz Ease

1989

The John Frieda® Frizz Ease® hair serum is launched, promising glossy, pin-straight hair. It lands a spot in Allure’s Cosmetic Hall of Fame and is named InStyle’s Product of the Decade.

Kao History KMS California® founded

1976

Biochemist Jamey Mazzotta takes his passion to create innovative haircare products and founds KMS California® in Redding, California.

Kao History Hans Enrich Dotter founds Goldwell

1948

Hans Enrich Dotter founds Goldwell®, building a company that focuses exclusively on hairdressers as business partners. Its first product, an innovative cold perm, is introduced in 1948.

Kao History Jergens® classic cherry-almond lotion

1901

Jergens® classic cherry-almond lotion, now known as Jergens® Original Scent, becomes the best-selling hand lotion in America.

Kao History Kao founded

1887

Kao is founded as a small company producing facial soap. The product is named Kao, which is pronounced the same as the Japanese word for face.

Kao History Jergens® founded

1882

Jergens® is founded in Cincinnati, Ohio. The first product is coconut oil soap, specially formulated to perform in hard water.

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