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BYK Instruments - Part of the ALTANA Group

ALTANA is a global leader in true specialty chemicals.

The group offers innovative, environmentally compatible solutions for coating manufacturers, paint and plastics processors, the printing and packaging industries, the cosmetics sector and the electrical and electronics industry.

The product range includes additives, special coatings and adhesives, effect pigments, sealants and compounds, impregnating resins and varnishes, and testing and measuring instruments.


Corporate Structure of ALTANA

The ALTANA Corporation consists of four divisions:

All four form the successful ALTANA Group. All figures relate to the fiscal year 2022.

Employees: 6,957

Sales in €: 3,021 m

EBITDA in €: 452 m

EBITDA margin: 15%

Divisions forming the ALTANA Group


Division BYK

BYK - Additives and Instruments is one of the world’s leading suppliers in the field of chemical additives and measuring instruments.


  • Paint additives
  • Plastics additives
  • Industrial applications
  • Additives for the oil & gas industry
  • Measuring and testing instruments

Employees: 2,504

Sales in €: 1,371 m


Division ECKART

ECKART is the leading international manufacturer of metallic and pearlescent pigments.

Innovative solutions for:

  • Coatings
  • Graphic arts
  • Cosmetics and personal care
  • Functional applications
  • Plastics industry

Employees: 1,774

Sales in €: 397 m


Division ELANTAS

ELANTAS is a leading manufacturer of insulating and protective materials with focus on the global electrical and electronics industry.


  • Wire Enamels
  • Impregnating Materials
  • Casting & Potting Materials
  • Flexible Electrical Insulation
  • Specialty & Industrial Coatings
  • Printed Electronic Products
  • Materials for Tooling & Composites

Employees: 1.083

Sales in €: 698 m


Division ACTEGA

ACTEGA develops and produces specialty coatings, sealants, printing inks, and adhesives for rigid and flexible packaging and the graphic arts industry.


  • Closures & labels
  • Flexible & paper-based packaging
  • Publication & commercial rigid packaging
  • Specialty consumer goods

Employees: 1.347

Salesin €: 555 m

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