History

History

1876

Carl Eckart opens a small goldbeating shop in Fuerth (Germany) on August 6, thereby laying the foundation for the present ECKART GmbH.

1892

The Carl Eckart company is entered in the Commercial Register.

1897

Industrial manufacturing methods replace the manual production of gold bronze.

 

1920

Production of bronze powder begins in Güntersthal near Velden to the east of Nuremberg (Germany).

1928

The first plant for the production of aluminium powder is built.

1945

The ECKART manufacturing site in Güntersthal covers a total area of 600.000 m2.

1955

MEPOSA Metalli in Polvere S.p.A. is founded in Milan, Italy with production facilities in Porto Marghera (aluminium powders and pastes).

1959

The company opens its own research department. DORAL Metallpulverfabrik is founded in Vétroz in Switzerland (today produces zinc powders and pastes).

1973

Ohio Bronze Powder Company (OBRON) in Painesville, Ohio, USA is acquired (today: ECKART America)

1982

A factory is built in Wackersdorf for the production of aluminium powders and pastes.

1984

ECKART U.K. is founded as a sales office in London (later moves to Luton).

1985

ECKART increase their holding in MEPOSA Metalli in polvere (today Eckart Italia) to 100%.

1990

Production of metallic pigmented printing inks commences.

1992

The locations Fürth, Güntersthal and Wackersdorf acquire DIN EN ISO 9001 certification.

1995

A new generation of environment-friendly products makes its appearance.

1997

A factory for the production of aluminium powders and pastes is acquired from the American Reynolds Metals Company. ECKART America L.P. headquartered in Painesville, Ohio is founded in conjunction with OBRON

1998

ECKART take over the pearlescent pigments sector and production facility in Pori, Finland, of the Finnish chemicals group Kemira Oy, Helsinki; formation of ECKART Finland. EJ Chemicals Co. Ltd. is formed as a joint venture by JEBSEN and ECKART.

2001

ECKART celebrates its 125th anniversary

2002

New Eckart Italia paste factory in Rivanazzano

2003

New powder coatings bonding centre in Guentersthal

2004

New paste production centre in Guentersthal

2005

ALTANA Chemie closed the acquisition of the ECKART group

2007

ECKART acquires effect pigments business from Wolstenholme Group Ltd., UK. The acquired business comprises bronze and aluminium pigments