ALTANA develops, produces, and distributes high-quality innovative specialty chemical products for coatings manufacturers, paint and plastics processors, for the printing and cosmetics industries, as well as for the electrical and electronics industry. The globally active corporation is headquartered in Wesel, Germany.
ALTANA is composed of four business divisions: BYK Additives & Instruments, ECKART Effect Pigments, ELANTAS Electrical Insulation, and ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants.
For ALTANA, innovation is the most important key to further growth. With a disproportionately high share of research and development expenditure of around six percent of sales, ALTANA ensures itself a technological edge and offers its clients unique products and services. New developments are realized together with clients and in proximity to them. More than 50 laboratory and research sites worldwide offer customers innovative solutions in the fields of surface protection and surface refinement at their respective locations. More than every fifth ALTANA employee worldwide works in research and application technology.
ALTANA has a dual management and supervisory structure. The Management Board has two members, who are appointed by the Supervisory Board for a term of ﬁve years. The Management Board members manage the Group independently and are fully committed to the interests of the company. Together with the presidents of the divisions and selected heads of central functional areas, the Management Board forms the advisory Executive Management Team.
The Supervisory Board of ALTANA has twelve members, half of whom are elected by German Group employees in accordance with the German Codetermination Act. The other six members are elected by the Annual General Meeting. The new Chairman of the Supervisory Board is Dr. Klaus-Jürgen Schmieder, who took over the post from Dr. Fritz Fröhlich. Supervisory Board members serve terms of ﬁve years. The Supervisory Board monitors and advises the Management Board on its management activities. With the exception of the Deputy Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board, Susanne Klatten, and the employee representatives, all Supervisory Board members who are elected by the Annual General Meeting, along with the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, are independent. For more information on the company, please visit www.altana.com.