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 by relocating the production of aluminum pastes from its Italian site in Rivanazzano to the two German production sites. In order to establish the necessary production line, ECKART will invest a mid-single-digit million Euro amount. In total, about 1,200 people are employed at the company's site in Güntersthal, which is the largest site of the ALTANA Group. The production facilities of the Rivanazzano plant will be closed, about 60 employees are affected. A sales office will remain at Rivanazzano to take care of ECKART's customers in Italy.

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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 33 production facilities and 46 service and research laboratories worldwide. Throughout the group 4,600 people work to ensure the success of ALTANA worldwide. In 2008 ALTANA achieved sales of about 1.3 billion euros. Its impressive earning power and high growth rate make ALTANA one of the most successful and innovative chemical groups worldwide.