Press Archive

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

November 27, 2009

ANTI-TERRA®-250 - A successful concept transferred to aqueous

Waterborne coating systems containing inorganic pigments and extenders tend to settle and separate. Commonly used deflocculating additives achieve a perfect stabilization of pigments but the settling tendency normally increases.

November 18, 2009

ALTANA: Management Board and Supervisory Board recommend acceptance of SKion's new, improved offer

The Management Board and Supervisory Board of ALTANA AG recommend that the company's shareholders accept the offer of SKion GmbH and sell their shares at a price of €14.00 per share to SKion GmbH.  

November 14, 2009

Measuring Conductivity in Water Based Paint Systems

BYK-Gardner, manufacturer of innovative measuring instruments for the quality control of paints and plastics, introduces the new conductivity meters BYK LC3 and BYK LC4 for measuring conductivity in water-based paint systems. 

November 11, 2009

BYK®-3550: Surface-active additive based on patented macromer technology

Silicone and acrylate additives are typically used in combination in standard coating formulations. Acrylate additives improve the flow and leveling of a coating system while the silicone additives enhance substrate wetting and prevent cratering. The right choice of additive and the right dosage are essential for a well-balanced performance.  

November 09, 2009

ELANTAS strengthens its activities in technologies of the future

Two acquisitions in India and the U.S.; Focus on market segment ''Electronic & Engineering Materials''; Major importance of Research & Development further stressed

November 06, 2009

ALTANA increases sales and operating earnings

The specialty chemicals Group ALTANA AG increased sales and operating earnings in the first three quarters of 2008 compared to the same period last year. 

November 05, 2009

ALTANA: Marked recovery of its business continues

- Considerable momentum in Q3
- Accumulated still clearly below prior-year figures
- Sales down 18 percent, EBITDA down 35 percent
- EBITDA margin 16 percent  

October 29, 2009

First BYK Downstream Users' Day

The demands made of downstream users of chemicals and the provisions that they must comply with under the REACH Regulation were the subject of the first BYK Downstream Users' Day at the end of September in Düsseldorf. 

October 22, 2009

SKion GmbH makes a new, improved Tender Offer for Acquisition of ALTANA Shares

Today SKion GmbH informed us about their decision to make a new, improved offer for the acquisition of shares in ALTANA AG and they have published this decision today according to § 10 section 1 of the Securities Acquisition and Takeover Act (German Wertpapiererwerbs- and Übernahmegesetz "WpÜG). 

October 02, 2009

ALTANA completes acquisition of Water Ink Technologies

The specialty chemicals group ALTANA AG has today concluded the purchase of the business of Water Ink Technologies, Inc.  

September 22, 2009

ACTEGA Rhenania Launches Solvent-free Adhesives Based on Renewable Raw Materials

Following growing customer demand, a novel series of solvent-free polyurethane adhesives for laminates to be used in packaging has been developed by ACTEGA Rhenania.  

September 07, 2009

ECKART concentrates its production of aluminum pastes in Germany

ALTANA's ECKART Effect Pigments division strengthens its main factory in the Franconian town of Güntersthal (Bavaria) and its site in Wackersdorf 

September 03, 2009

Printed electronics: Joint research project MaDriX accomplishes a cross-company uniform material characterization in components

Joint press release
of PolyIC, BASF, Evonik Industries, ELANTAS Beck and Siemens 

August 19, 2009

Voluntary delisting offer of ELANTAS Beck India Limited

On August 03, 2009 ELANTAS GmbH informed ELANTAS Beck India Limited (the ''Company'') about its decision to voluntarily delist the equity shares of the Company currently traded on the Bombay Stock Exchange Ltd in accordance with the SEBI ... 

August 06, 2009

First Half 2009: ALTANA still burdened by economic crisis

- Sales: down 25 percent
- EBITDA: down 52 percent; EBITDA margin 12.6 percent
- Cost management leads to significant savings
- Stabilization in the second quarter 

July 16, 2009

ALTANA acquires Water Ink Technologies

Leading manufacturer of specialty water-based and UV inks in
North America, Consolidated sales of about $34 million (€27 million) in 2008, Consequent strategic move for ACTEGA Division

July 06, 2009

ALTANA: Supervisory Board reappoints Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber as Chief Executive Officer

ALTANA: Supervisory Board reappoints Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber as Chief Executive Officer  

July 02, 2009

Appearance Control
New wave-scan II: easy one-hand operation

Geretsried, July 02, 2008 - BYK-Gardner -manufacturer of complete QC solutions for measuring color, appearance, and physical properties of paint and plastic, introduces a new member of the wave-scan family: wave-scan II.  

June 17, 2009

BYK European dealer network reshuffle for newly acquired wax additives business

from July 1, 2009, BYK will integrate the European marketing of its new wax additives, acquired in the throes of taking over the Netherlands-based Dick Peters b.v., into its existing dealer network.  

May 20, 2009

BYK®-P 4102: polymeric processing additive for pigments and fillers in thermoplastic systems

Over the years, requirements for color masterbatches have increased continually. Despite improved extrusion technology, the dispersion of organic pigments often presents a challenge.  

May 13, 2009

BYK®-313: polyester-modified silicone for solvent-borne systems

Very compatible silicones are essential especially when they are used in coatings of low film thicknesses, e.g. can-coating applications. Only then is it possible for them to produce a perfect wetting of critical substrates, an increase of surface slip and good crater resistance.  

May 12, 2009

ALTANA: Supervisory Board reappoints Martin Babilas as Member of the Management Board

Today, after the company's Annual General Meeting in Duisburg, the Supervisory Board of the specialty chemicals Group ALTANA AG has extended the appointment of Martin Babilas (37) as Member of the Management Board.  

May 12, 2009

ALTANA Annual General Meeting resolves dividend of 10 cent per share

- Payout ratio of 13%
- Financial stability further strengthened 

May 07, 2009

ECKART introduces improved metallic digital drop on demand inks at FESPA 2009

ECKART introduces improved JETFLUID metallic digital drop on demand inks at booth no. N87 in Hall 7 at FESPA 2009 Amsterdam from May 12-14, 2009. 

May 07, 2009

Global economic crisis burdens ALTANA

- Sales: down 30 percent
- EBITDA: down 71 percent
- Positive cash flow
- Consistent cost management 

March 31, 2009

ALTANA acquires additives business of DyStar group

The specialty chemicals Group ALTANA has acquired the high-performance additives business of the Frankfurt based DyStar group effective as of March 30, 2009 

March 30, 2009

DISPERBYK®-2008 - the efficient way to matting high-solids and solvent-free coatings

The matting of high-solids and UV coatings essentially depends on the perfect incorporation and dispersion of preferably high levels of silica-based matting agents. 

March 26, 2009

ECKART with new effect pigment products at European Coatings Show 2009, hall 7A, booth 305

ECKART is presenting itself as an innovative and experienced consulting partner for all issues regarding innovative effect pigment applications at the ECS, the international coatings and paint industry trade fair, in Nuremberg... 

March 19, 2009

Economic crisis burdens growth course of ALTANA in 2008

Sales and earnings declined slightly, Fourth quarter overshadows full year results, Dividend proposal: 10 cent per share 

March 15, 2009

ALTANA 2006: Eleventh record year in succession with strong growth in sales and earnings

ALTANA 2006: Eleventh record year in succession with strong growth in sales and earnings 

March 09, 2009

New solution to old problems:
BYK-Chemie extends its product portfolio with innovative adhesion promoters

New solution to old problems:
BYK-Chemie extends its product portfolio with innovative adhesion promoters 

February 27, 2009

BYK presents a host of innovative solutions at the ECS

BYK's exhibit at this year's European Coatings Show (ECS) from March 31 through April 2 will be more innovative than ever.  

February 23, 2009
February 12, 2009

Efficiency in your formulation: BYK®-3520 & BYK®-3521 -
multifunctional additives for aqueous coatings

The new multifunctional additives BYK®-3520 and BYK®-3521 combine excellent flow and defoaming properties with exceptional substrate wetting. Both products can easily be incorporated and are compatible in many coating systems. 

February 05, 2009

Business year 2008: ALTANA achieves margin target despite sharp business decline in the fourth quarter

Sales: €1,342 million (-3%), EBITDA: €243 million (-2%), EBITDA margin: 18.1%

January 21, 2009

Processing additives for polyurethane foam applications -
meeting the challenges of compatibility and processability

With its new class of additives, BYK is setting new standards in polyurethane foam applications. This unique group of processing additives improves both the compatibility and the processability of foam systems.  

January 13, 2009

ELANTAS PDG, Inc. announces Don Hanna as Area Sales Manager in Southeast

Don Hanna has been named Area Sales Manager for ELANTAS PDG, Inc., where he will be responsible for the sales of ELANTAS PDG, Inc. in the Southeast.

January 11, 2009

ELANTAS PDG, Inc. Dedicates New $11 Million Blending Facility

ELANTAS PDG, Inc. unveiled a new, state-of-the-art $11 million blending facility at their 20-acre facility located in north St. Louis City.