Conair Corporation

  • Overview

Conair has a place in many bathrooms and kitchens. The company operates through several divisions, including personal care and hair goods. Its personal care products consist of grooming and health and wellness appliances, made under brands Interplak, Travel Smart, and Allegro. Conair's hair goods division makes brushes, mirrors, and Scünci hair accessories. A professional products arm offers BaBylissPRO dryers and ConairPRO pet grooming aids. Conair also makes Cuisinart and Waring kitchen tools and sells its products through the likes of Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, and Wal-Mart in the US and online overseas. Founded in 1959, the global appliance maker has offices in Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, Europe, and other countries.

Geographic Reach

From its headquarters in East Windsor, New Jersey, Conair maintains sales and marketing offices in Stamford, Connecticut, as well as distribution centers in the US, France, Germany, Pacific Rim, Canada, Mexico, and the UK. It boasts manufacturing facilities in Rantoul, Illinois, and makes appliances in Costa Rica. Its Continental Conair operation is based in Hong Kong and conducts product research and quality control, and oversees the manufacturing and distribution of private-label appliances for major retailers.

Sales and Marketing

Conair sells its products through retailers, distributors, and the Conair Online Store, which is operated by SureSource, Inc., an independent, authorized distributor of Conair products. Retailers include the likes of Best Buy, Comfort House, Target, Wal-Mart, and Amazon.com.

Financial Performance

Conair reported $2.1 billion in sales in fiscal 2012.

Operations

As part of its business, Conair operates through four divisions: Personal Care (Interplak, Travel Smart, Allegro), Hair Goods (Scünci), Professional Products (ConairPRO, BaBylissPRO, Forfex, Satin Smooth, One 'n Only, Jilbere de Paris, ConairPRO Pet), and Cuisinart & Waring.

Conair Consumer Products is its wholly-owned subsidiary in Canada. Continental Conair Ltd., based in Hong Kong, is the company's research, trading, and quality control operations. It also oversees the manufacturing and distribution of private label appliances for major retail chains. Conair boasts sales and marketing offices, as well as distribution centers, in several countries worldwide.

Strategy

Conair regularly rolls out new products to meet the needs of consumers and keep its portfolio fresh. The company is a top seller of hair accessories through food, drug, and discount retail chains. To secure its ranking, Conair has added brand names to its portfolio through acquisitions and licensing deals. It created a line of John Frieda hair tools and accessories for Kao USA through an agreement it inked with the beauty company in mid-2010. The partnership also has Conair designing, making, and marketing hair dryers, straighteners, and styling tools. Since acquiring the Scünci hair accessories business, Conair has expanded the brand into hair appliances and moved to export it to Australia, the UK, and other markets.

Conair's Allegro Manufacturing division is a leading maker of cosmetic and travel organizer bags. It has since broadened its product line to include diaper bags, electronics cases, craft storage, travel carts, and pet accessories. Allegro enjoys a foothold in major cities -- such as London, Paris, Mexico City, Toronto, and Sydney -- and ownership of manufacturing plants in China and the Philippines. Conair also makes professional pet grooming tools (clippers, trimmers, brushes, and blades) under the CanineFX, Equine FX, and Yellow Dog brands.

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Conair Corporation


1 Cummings Point Rd
Stamford, CT 06902-7901
Phone: 1 (203) 351-9000
Fax: 1 (203) 3519180
www.conair.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • President: Ronald Diamond
  • CIO: Jon Harding
  • SVP Finance: Pat Yannotta

Major Office Locations

  • Stamford, CT