Wesel, February 2008

ALTANA Expands Executive Management Team with Chief Technology Officer

As of March 1, 2008, Dr.-Ing. Georg F. L. Wießmeier (41) will take over responsibility at ALTANA AG, as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), for the newly created central function of Innovation. He will be a new member of the Executive Management Team of the specialty chemicals company ALTANA and will also report directly to CEO Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber.
With the appointment of a CTO at group level, ALTANA underlines just how outstanding important the questions of research and knowledge management are for the continued profitable growth of the company. With a research quota of more than 5%, the specialty chemicals company is significantly above the average for the chemicals industry and is the innovation leader in many global markets.

Dr. Wießmeier has come from Bayer AG, where he last held the position of Director New Business Asia Pacific for the Bayer MaterialScience sub group in Tokyo. After obtaining a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe (Technical University) and subsequently receiving a doctorate, also from Karlsruhe, with his thesis on Micro Reaction Technology, he joined Bayer AG. Following positions in Corporate Technology and Corporate Research, he went on to New Business - Creative Center of Bayer MaterialScience AG.


ALTANA develops and produces high-quality innovative products in the specialty chemicals business. The ALTANA Group, with headquarters in Wesel/Germany, is a genuine “global player” with 83% of its sales generated by international activities. The ALTANA Group has four divisions: BYK Additives & Instruments, ECKART Effect Pigments, ELANTAS Electrical Insulation, and ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants. All of these divisions occupy a leading position in their target markets with respect to quality, product solution expertise, innovation and service.


ALTANA offers innovative, environmentally compatible solutions with the matching specialty products for coating manufactures, paint and plastic processors, the printing and cosmetic industries, and the electrical and electronic industry. The product range includes additives, special coatings and adhesives, effect pigments, sealants and compounds, impregnating resins & varnishes, and testing and measuring instruments.


At present, the ALTANA Group has 32 production facilities and 46 service and research lab sites worldwide. Throughout the group 4,600 people work to ensure the success of ALTANA worldwide. In 2007 ALTANA achieved sales of about 1.4 billion euros. Its impressive earning power and high growth rate make ALTANA one of the most successful and innovative chemical groups worldwide.