Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber

Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber

Dear Readers,

Sometimes you need only a little to achieve more. Our researchers prove this time and again, for example, when they develop new additives for coatings. The dose may be small, but it makes a decisive contribution to optimizing the properties of the product. Often, it is precisely these properties that give our clients an edge over their competitors. This is our understanding of specialty chemistry and customer orientation. And it is with this mindset that we have occupied leading positions in our target markets with respect to quality, product solution expertise, innovation, and service, based on our aspiration that “We want to be leading in everything we do.”

But you can only be a leader in the long run when you recognize different interests and needs and bring them into harmony. On a corporate level, this means social responsibility, environmental protection, safety, and profitability have to go hand in hand. Ultimately, it is the interplay between them that creates sustainable value – for our clients, staff, owner, and the environment in which ALTANA operates. This is exactly why we fully support the objectives of the UN Global Compact initiative.

In this year’s Sustainability Report, we focus on what this means in concrete terms. We do not only want to talk about sustainability, but to create facts. In the process, it becomes apparent that not only on the product level but in many respects often a small impulse suffices to achieve a big effect. The result is always more than the sum of the individual parts. Yet the individual plays a key role. Sometimes all that’s needed is a change of perspective.

We brought about such a change of perspective, for example, by rotating our division presidents in November 2012. On the reporting date of November 1, not only the presidents’ areas of responsibility changed. Rather, this impulse aims to spawn more cross-divisional exchange and to strengthen our innovativeness, thus creating new perspectives for all of our employees in the long run.

Invariably, a key prerequisite for sustainable and thus successful developments is the willingness of each individual to accept change and act responsibly. I would like to thank all of our staff for their commitment and dedication, which has made the ALTANA Group a sustainable employer, business partner, and neighbor. Each and every day, they help us achieve more for ALTANA and our environment – even if only through a small impulse.

I wish you pleasurable reading.

Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber
Chief Executive Officer