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ALTANA develops, produces and sells high-quality innovative products in the specialty chemicals business. ALTANA offers innovative, environmentally compatible solutions with the matching specialty products for coating manufactures, paint and plastic processors, the printing and cosmetic industries, and the electrical and electronic industry.


December 20, 2016

Innnovation Study

A Challenge When Recruiting Specialists: Entry-Level Professionals Want More Scope of Action

Recruiting specialists is one of the biggest challenges facing almost three quarters of all German industrial companies, Entry-level professionals expect their employers to have a corporate culture that promotes innovation, by their own account, ever-fewer managers are making a relevant contribution to their company’s innovation culture  

November 29, 2016

Innovation Study

Number of Participations in Startups Stagnating

As in the previous year, every tenth industrial company invested in a young technology company, In almost 40 percent of the companies, the willingness to take risks is low or virtually nonexistent 

November 10, 2016

ALTANA Innovation Award 2016 Given

For the sixth time the specialty chemicals company ALTANA has honored an outstanding product, application, or process innovation within the ALTANA Group with the ALTANA Innovation Award.  

November 03, 2016

High School Student “CEO for 1 Day” of ALTANA

What would it be like to be in charge of 6,000 employees for a day? 

October 21, 2016

Innovation Study

A Commitment to Sustainability Inspires Innovative Strength

Companies committed to sustainability have above-average innovative strength
Action needs to be taken above all in the development of environment-friendly products
Sustainable companies appeal more to entry-level professionals 

September 29, 2016

Industry Study

ALTANA Innovation Index: German Companies Richer in Ideas Than Ever Before

Improvement of corporate culture and higher investments pay off , Industry Innovation Index increases by four points, In 2016, every third company spends more money on innovations

September 29, 2016

KBA-Sheetfed and ACTEGA seal strategic partnership

Cooperation in the field of inline finishing 

September 14, 2016

New generation of additive for glass-fiber reinforced plastics is awarded the “BYK Advance” prize 2016

The new generation of additive was developed for the first time as a result of collaboration between sites; market specialists in Wesel took on its management... 

August 23, 2016

"German Lessons from the Very Beginning"

With a donation, ALTANA is enabling refugees to take special German courses in Voerde, Germany. 

August 18, 2016

ALTANA’s ACTEGA Division Invests Around €10 Million in its Research Site in Grevenbroich

New laboratory building, Space for research and development is doubled, Headquarters for simulation of future packaging trends 

August 16, 2016

Half-Year Results: ALTANA Achieves Operating Sales Increase

Revenues reach €1,064 million, Slight nominal sales decline after streamlining the portfolio, EBITDA up to €249 million, Growth forecast for the full-year 2016 confirmed 

July 12, 2016

BYK’s preparations for the K 2016 in Düsseldorf gather pace

K, the World’s No. 1 Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber, like some magnetically charismatic point of attraction for the entire plastics industry, is already in the blocks and raring to go. 

July 04, 2016

ALTANA Expands its Additive Business through Acquisition of Dutch Company Addcomp

Strategic extension of ALTANA’s BYK division in the area of polymer additive solutions, Takeover of two production facilities in the Netherlands and the U.S. with 45 employees

March 23, 2016

Siegwerk Acquires ACTEGA Colorchemie from the ALTANA Group

With the purchase, the global manufacturer of printing inks for packaging, labels, and catalogs further expands its position in the European market for water-based printing inks. 

March 18, 2016

2015 Results: ALTANA’s Sales Increase by 5 Percent

Sales of more than €2 billion for the first time, EBITDA reaches €391 million, with a margin of 19 percent, Research and development investments increased significantly again, Outlook for 2016: Further profitable growth 

February 03, 2016

Anheuser-Busch InBev and ACTEGA partnering to boost PVC-free bottle closures in China

ACTEGA to build new production line in Foshan, South China 

January 20, 2016

ALTANA invests in Melior Innovations

Specialty chemicals group to cooperate with new technology company; Focus is on developing Melior’s proprietary materials platform; Investment: 3.5 million US Dollar 

January 13, 2016

Process optimization with BYK additives

Every other year, the Paint India represents the trade fair start to the year for the entire Southeast Asian paints and printing inks industry. BYK Additives & Instruments, a leading manufacturer of additives and measuring instruments for the paints, printing inks, and construction chemistry industry, is presenting at the Paint India from January 21 to 23, 2016 in Mumbai with a wide and varied additives portfolio adapted to local needs.  

January 04, 2016

ACTEGA WIT and ACTEGA Kelstar merge to become ACTEGA North America, Inc.

Merger strengthens position in the packaging and printing industry 

August 07, 2015

Half-Year Results: ALTANA Increases Sales by 9 Percent

The specialty chemicals Group ALTANA was able to increase sales by 9 percent to €1,070 million in the first half of 2015 (previous year: €985 million). 

August 05, 2015

ALTANA extends €250 Million Credit Facility

The specialty chemicals company ALTANA AG has successfully adjusted and extended a syndicated line of credit in the amount of €250 million. 

June 26, 2015

ALTANA Management Board Repositions Itself for the Future

Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber (61) is going to retire and will hand over the chairmanship of the Management Board to longtime Management Board member Martin Babilas (43) on January 1, 2016, Stefan Genten (46) will become ALTANA’s new Chief Financial Officer on August 1, 2015

May 26, 2015

Dr. Stephan Glander New Division President of BYK Additives & Instruments

Dr. Stephan Glander (46) has been appointed new Managing Director of BYK-Chemie GmbH, based in Wesel, Germany 

April 27, 2015

Innovation study

Young Employees Seek More Scope for Creativity

Managers and entry-level employees have radically different opinions as to what the most important innovation drivers are. Thirty-four percent of young professionals would like to see more scope for employees. 

April 09, 2015

ALTANA Wins 2015 Bronze Stevie® Award

Prestigious business prize given as part of first annual German Stevie® Awards  

March 26, 2015

ALTANA Innovation Index 2015: Tapping Creativity - Industrial Corporations Buying into Startups

One in five industrial corporations holds a stake in a startup, but only one in ten enterprises systematically utilizes external knowledge 

March 20, 2015

ALTANA Achieves Leap in Sales and Earnings in 2014

Sales rise by 11 percent to around €2 billion, EBITDA reaches €397 million, with a margin of 20.4 percent, Outlook: Further profitable growth in 2015

February 26, 2015

Industry study:

Customer Is King – Enterprises Intensify Innovation Efforts

New development efforts are being focused more closely on customer needs, One in three enterprises will spend more on innovation in 2015, 78 percent of all companies reward good ideas monetarily 


ALTANA AG is a German chemical company based in Wesel. Altana develops and produces products in the specialty chemicals business. The ALTANA Group, with headquarters in Wesel, Germany, sells 84% of its products overseas. The first chairman was Herbert Quandt.

The ALTANA Group has four divisions: BYK Additives & Instruments, ECKART Effect Pigments, ELANTAS Electrical Insulation, and ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants.


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