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fields of application are continually tapped for existing or
ALTANA concentrates the development, production, and sale
of effect pigments in the ECKART division. Customers use
these products to achieve visual and functional effects, primarily
in coatings, plastics, printing inks, cosmetics, and
construction materials. The principal raw materials are aluminum,
copper, and zinc. Aside from metallic effect pigments,
other pigments are offered based on synthetic minerals. The
division’s portfolio is supplemented by effect printing inks,
metal powders and alloys for 3D printing, as well as the corresponding
Aluminum-based effect pigments comprise the largest
part of ECKART’s business. Customers use them partic-
ularly to achieve silver metallic effects, for example, for car
paints or on graphic arts products. Aluminum pigments
are also used for functional purposes, for example, in the
of aerated concrete. Copper-based bronze
effect pigments generate golden effects in paints, printing
inks, and plastic products. Customers use zinc pigments
in special paints to achieve functional properties, particularly
for corrosion protection.
ECKART GmbH is the division’s operating management
company. It produces a large part of the effect pigments
it sells worldwide in southern Germany (Hartenstein and
Wackersdorf). Other manufacturing sites are located in
Switzerland and Finland, as well as in China and the U.S.
The manufacturing process is characterized by a very
high degree of value creation. In a number of successive steps,
all kinds of pigments are made, refined chemically, and in
some cases processed into press-ready printing inks.
The effect pigments are marketed predominantly via the
division’s own sales structures, but also by sales partners.
ECKART’s most important customers include international
manufacturers of coatings, printing inks, and plastics.
Other important customers are manufacturers in the construction
industry and the cosmetics sector. ECKART achieves
more than half of its sales in Europe. Its next largest sales re-
gions are Asia and the Americas.
As an important manufacturer of metal effect pigments,
ECKART continually pushes forward the development of
new product qualities and opens up new fields of application
on the basis of sophisticated technological expertise and
many years of knowhow. The acquisition of the British specialist
Aluminium Materials Technologies Ltd. (May 2020)
and the business activities of TLS Technik GmbH & Co. Spezialpulver
KG in February 2021 expanded the portfolio
in industrial, metal-based 3D printing and customers can be
offered even more high-performance materials.
The companies in the ELANTAS division offer their customers
a high level of expertise in the field of electrical insulation
materials. As one of the world’s leading suppliers of such
products, the division’s portfolio concentrates on coatings
for insulating magnet wires as well as special resins and coatings
for impregnating and protecting electrical and electronic
ELANTAS has its own holding structure under the management
of ELANTAS GmbH, based in Wesel. The latter
controls the division’s activities and supports its operating subsidiaries,
which develop and produce insulating materials
in Germany, Italy, China, India, Malaysia, the U.S., and Brazil.
The division’s products are marketed worldwide.
Among its most important customer groups are magnet wire
manufacturers, which need materials to insulate wires
made of copper or aluminum. The division also supplies insulating
resins and coatings directly to manufacturers of
electrical and electronic components.