Goal-oriented growth

The ALTANA specialty chemicals business is characterized by continual sustainable, above-average growth in both turnover and operating result. 

  • ALTANA began in Wesel in 1962 with 12 employees generating a turnover of EUR 0.2 million in the additives business.
  • In 2018 turnover rose to EUR 2.3 billion and the workforce to 6,400 employees.

In addition to the exceptionally high organic growth, around 40 acquisitions since 1988 have made a major contribution to the success of the Group. We have systematically worked our way into leading positions on international markets by concentrating on innovation, quality and service.

In the future, too, we will continue to pursue our consistent growth strategy and further increase the value of our company to customers, shareholders and employees, by means of targeted acquisitions, sustained high investments in innovations, and constant market penetration. We also want to access markets for new applications and expand business with our customers. The above-average expenditure on research & development amounting to over 8 per cent of total turnover is a trade-mark of a specialty business and guarantees our customers and the company top positions on our target markets.

Sales (in € million)