Press Archive

Here you will find the press releases for ALTANA and our subsidiary companies for the years from 2002 until today.

December 29, 2006

ALTANA AG completes sale of pharmaceuticals business to Nycomed

ALTANA AG (NYSE: AAA, FSE: ALT) has successfully completed the sale of ALTANA Pharma AG and its entire pharmaceuticals business to the Danish Nycomed on December 29, 2006. 

December 19, 2006

ALTANA AG: Extraordinary General Meeting approves sale of pharmaceuticals business

ALTANA AG: Extraordinary General Meeting approves sale of pharmaceuticals business. 

December 19, 2006

Attractive package for ALTANA shareholders: special dividend and dividend planned

Attractive package for ALTANA shareholders: special dividend and dividend planned.

December 15, 2006


Eckart will increase prices of aluminium pigments throughout the world from January 15, 2007. 

November 20, 2006

ALTANA Chemie to Build a new Administration Building in Wesel

Starting signal for the newly acquired RWE site. ALTANA Chemie is to build a new administration building on the former premises of RWE in Abelstraße. In doing so, it will be taking into account the growth and... 

November 16, 2006

ALTANA Chemie Capital Markets Day 2006

Growth and sustainable value creation for more than ten years, Solid balance sheet will enable strategic flexibility and further dynamic growth, Excellent positioning and leading market position in all four divisions


November 14, 2006

ALTANA Electrical Insulation Announces Price Increase in Europe

ALTANA Electrical Insulation Announces Price Increase in Europe 

November 09, 2006

Till Isensee New Director of Sales & Marketing at DS-Chemie

The sales organization of DS-Chemie GmbH, Bremen, a member of ALTANA Chemie AG, will be strengthened from November 2006 by the new Director of Sales & Marketing Till Isensee... 

November 02, 2006

Q1-3 2006: ALTANA with clearly double-digit growth in sales and earnings

Sales with +23% and EBT with +22% clearly above prior year's figures, Very strong earnings in the third quarter: EBT +47%, ALTANA Chemie with sustained high profitability, Special dividend of about €31 for ALTANA shareholders and another dividend increase for 2006.

September 27, 2006

ECKART Closes Production Site at Porto Marghera (Italy)

As part of a consistent strategic and operative alignment, the Division Effect Pigments (ECKART Group) of ALTANA Chemie AG, Wesel, is concentrating on realizing synergy potentials and on improving the structures within the division ... 

September 25, 2006

ECKART: Metal Surcharges

ECKART: Metal Surcharges 

September 21, 2006

ALTANA AG: Sale of pharmaceuticals business to Nycomed

ALTANA AG: Sale of pharmaceuticals business to Nycomed 

September 21, 2006

Ad - hoc: ALTANA AG sells pharmaceuticals business to Nycomed

ALTANA AG sells pharmaceuticals business to Nycomed 

August 28, 2006

ALTANA Coatings & Sealants: Price increase for solvent based coatings

Rhenania Coatings, Grevenbroich (Germany) and Rhenacoat, Sedan Cedex (France), both companies of ALTANA Chemie, will increase their prices for solvent based coatings by 5% to 7% as of October 1st. 2006.  

August 22, 2006

BYK-Chemie enters new markets with new NANOBYK® products

BYK-Chemie is about to enter a completely new market: the market for UV absorbers.  

August 02, 2006

ALTANA delivers dynamic 1st half-year 2006

- ALTANA Pharma: Sales +13%, operating return 30% - ALTANA Chemie: Sales +56%, operating return 19% - Outlook for 2006 confirmed: On the way to 11th record year in succession  

July 03, 2006

Two rheology additives for aqueous systems

BYK®-420 and BYK®-425 are rheology additives that are used to adjust the flow behavior in aqueous paints and coatings.  

June 29, 2006

ECKART: Metal Surcharges

Metal Surcharges  

June 27, 2006

BYK-Chemie acquires RWE site in Abelstraße in Wesel

Future of the Abelstraße site assured by purchase of neighboring land 

May 29, 2006

1st PUR Academy in China

Successful 1st PUR Academy held by BAYER MaterialScience and BYK-Chemie in Sanya, Hainan, China from May 15 - 17. 

May 02, 2006

ALTANA Annual General Meeting approves dividend increase of 16%

Dividend rises to €1.10; tenth double-digit dividend increase in succession, total dividend payment higher than nominal capital for the first time 

April 27, 2006

ALTANA delivers excellent 1st Quarter 2006

Significant double-digit growth: Sales +28%, Net Income +25%, Optimistic outlook for 2006 confirmed.  

April 21, 2006

Metal Surcharges

Due to the dramatic increase of costs for copper and zinc, Eckart will invoice metal surcharges with immediate effect. 

April 20, 2006

Gloss Control of Automotive Interior Parts

BYK-Gardner is introducing the new micro-gloss S family with tighter specifications needed for automotive interior applications 

March 16, 2006

ALTANA 2005: Double-digit growth in sales and net income

Tenth record year in succession, Tenth dividend increase: +16%  

March 07, 2006

ALTANA Electrical Insulation Streamlines Operation

As part of our continuous efforts of strategic and operational alignment, Electrical Insulation, a division of ALTANA Chemie AG, Wesel, is adjusting the infrastructure of the division.  

February 17, 2006

BYK-Chemie at the Middle East Coatings Show

Products and lectures in Dubai 

February 16, 2006

Price increase

Eckart will increase its prices for aluminium pigments, PVD pigments, aluminium-based printing inks and also zinc pigments throughout the world from 1 March 2006. 

February 15, 2006

BYK-Chemie employee receives recognition from the Aachen Textile Center

Prize winners of the Textile Award 2005 officially recognized 

February 01, 2006

ALTANA Chemie Strengthens its Packaging Coatings Area

ALTANA AG has announced today that ALTANA Chemie AG signed an agreement on January 31, 2006, to acquire the U.S.-American Rad-Cure Corporation. 

January 26, 2006

BYK-Chemie Focuses on Nanotechnology

From February 21-23, 2006, BYK-Chemie will be presenting its nanotechnology based additive range NANOBYK for the very first time at nano tech 2006 in Tokyo. 

January 25, 2006

ALTANA AG: 10th record year in succession

Double-digit growth in sales and earnings.
Excellent starting base for the strategic future development of ALTANA's divisions. 

January 20, 2006

ALTANA Chemie Acquires Electrical Insulation Production of INVEX

Strategic and Geographic Expansion of Division Electrical Insulation in the Mercosur Area.