• global players + family
    Businesspeople
    ALTANA – global leader in true specialty chemicals. With 50 independent operating companies worldwide we are not only in your vicinity but working passionately for you like family businesspeople. Empowerment to act and trust in our employees are the best prerequisites for innovations and topnotch achievements. So that you can take off in your markets.

  • optimizers + lateral
    thinkers
    ALTANA – global leader in true specialty chemicals. Every sixth employee in the company worldwide works in research and development. As a result, we don’t only make everything a little better for our customers, for example plastics more scratch-resistant, colors more brilliant, and paints with a perfect shine. We also take new paths so you’re always a step ahead.

  • chemical
    specialists
    + trend
    scouts
    ALTANA – global leader in true specialty chemicals. Every year, we invest around six percent of our sales in research and development – almost twice as much as the industry average. As a result, we not only find the perfect chemical formula for you but also enable you to set the tone in your markets, for example with our pioneering effect pigments.

  • coatings-
    developers
    + climate
    protectors

    ALTANA – global leader in true specialty chemicals. We think in all directions for the benefit of our customers. For example, when it comes to developing innovative insulating materials for the electrical and electronics industry. These materials enable product developers to build ever smaller, more sophisticated devices. With them, you can score points with customers and at the same time conserve energy, save on material, and cut costs.


  • researchers + packaging
    artists
    ALTANA – global leader in true specialty chemicals. We cultivate the art of developing products tailored exactly to our customers’ needs. At around 50 locations worldwide, our experts not only develop the appropriate chemical formula but also the optimum solution, so that packaging not only looks good but can also endure every conceivable load.

Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As an innovation-driven company, innovation and sustainability go hand in hand at ALTANA. That’s why we support the goals of the UN Global Compact initiative. Innovations enable us to manufacture products that require fewer resources and help our customers produce with low emissions and energy efficiently. We not only cooperate extensively with our customers, but also with a number of other external partners. For both sustainability and innovation require that we change perspectives in order to see more than is apparent at first glance.

We present some of these people and cooperative endeavors in this sustainability report. They couldn’t be more different: start-ups, brand manufacturers, fire fighters, politicians, polar researchers, and a student who was the head of ALTANA for a day. They all have one thing in common: they open our minds to different interests and needs. And they help us create sustainable value – for our customers, our employees, our shareholders, and for the environment in which ALTANA acts. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our partners for this and for their willingness to be part of this sustainability report in text and image.

Sustainability thrives above all on the willingness of each individual to change. So I thank our employees, who with their commitment have made ALTANA a sustainable employer, business partner, and neighbor.

I wish you interesting reading.

Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber
Chief Executive Officer