ALTANA increased its gross value added by 5.4 percent in 2013. It amounted to 663 million euros.
ALTANA increased its portfolio of environmentally friendly products and products for water-based coatings significantly in 2013. This was due to the acquisitions of the overprint varnishes business of Valspar, Henkel’s specialty coatings business, and the rheology business of Rockwood.
The number of our suppliers that have committed themselves to the principles of the Global Compact initiative rose to 319.
In 2013, ALTANA exceeded its environmental targets. This relates to CO² emissions, water consumption, and amount of waste.
At its Güntersthal site, ECKART reduced its CO² emissions by 959 tons. This was made possible by a switch from oil to gas as an energy source.
ACTEGA WIT, ACTEGA Kelstar, ACTEGA Rhenacoat, and ECKART America in Louisville were all certified according to ISO 14001. As a result, a total of 29 ALTANA companies now possess this certification.
ECKART Zhuhai and ELANTAS Zhuhai were certified based on the national safety management system in China.
2013 was ELANTAS Beck India’s tenth accident-free year in a row.
At its Schererville site, ECKART America has not recorded any lost work time in ten years, and ACTEGA Kelstar in two.
We reached important milestones in our efforts to develop alternatives to hazardous substances. These include benzophenone-free coatings and varnishes of ACTEGA Kelstar, the monomer-free coatings of ELANTAS Beck, the NMP-free coatings of ACTEGA Rhenania, and BYK’s additives for chrome-free corrosion protection.
ALTANA’s personnel recruitment and the ALTANA trainee program CDDPI each received an award.
ALTANA did not reach the targets it set for it self for 2013 with regard to the Work Accident Indicator (WAI). The timeframe has been extended to 2016.
Due to violations of environmental laws, ALTANA paid a fine equivalent to 238,000 euros in the U.S. Other fines amounting to 2,000 euros and 5,000 euros concerned products and services.
ALTANA recorded two compliance violations in 2013.
In 2013, ALTANA had to register six incidents. One employee suffered slight injuries.
Women are still underrepresented in management positions relative to the number of women employees.
ALTANA did not achieve the goal it set itself of defining a key performance indicator for sick leave. The timeframe is now 2014.