Press & News

Here you will find all the news for ECKART and our subsidiary companies for the year 2020.

November 05, 2020

Dr. Christian Przybyla to become President of ALTANA’s ECKART division

Dr. Christian Przybyla (51) will become Chairman of the Management Board of ECKART GmbH, based in Hartenstein near Nuremberg, Germany, on March 1, 2021, and will thus also take over the global management of ECKART, one of the four divisions of the specialty chemicals group ALTANA. 

October 27, 2020

ECKART Customer Information - Update

Information on the coronavirus situation, dated October 26, 2020 

September 25, 2020

Metal surcharges for fourth quarter 2020

As already announced in our last press release dated 26.06.2020 Eckart's metal surcharges will be adjusted on a quarterly basis. 

September 14, 2020

ALTANA expands its portfolio in industrial 3D printing with strategic acquisitions

• Expansion of ALTANA’s ECKART division with innovative solutions for metal-based 3D printing
• Acquisition of the business of the internationally leading TLS Technik GmbH & Co. Spezialpulver KG with high-performance metal powders for 3D printing
• Acquisition of the British specialist AMT for alloy development in 3D printing and its patented special alloy A20X for lightweight components

September 08, 2020

ECKART appoints Megafarma to represent effect pigments and clay additives in Mexico

Megafarma, an Azelis company, will be representing ECKART effect pigments and clay based additive lines in Mexico to the CASE and CARE markets. 

August 26, 2020

Novel Silver Metallics for Autonomous Driving

ECKART is the first effect pigment manufacturer to launch pigments for silver metallic color shades on the global OEM paint market, which were developed specifically for use in the field of autonomous driving.  

August 14, 2020

ALTANA’s half-year results: sales below the previous year due to the coronavirus; EBITDA margin declined slightly at a high level

• Sales decrease by nearly 7 percent to 1,078 million euros
• EBITDA margin reaches 18.7 percent
• Company continues to invest in the future; worldwide conversion to CO2-neutral power supply already implemented
• Forecast for the year as a whole: single-digit decline in sales  

June 26, 2020

Metal surcharges for third quarter 2020

As already announced in our last press release dated 26.03.2020 Eckart's metal surcharges will be adjusted on a quarterly basis. 

June 12, 2020

Top-class research achievement – ALTANA Innovation Award for new pearl effect pigments technology goes to ECKART

A research team from ALTANA’s ECKART division has won this year’s Innovation Award of the globally active specialty chemicals group. 

May 29, 2020

Change at the top of ALTANA’s Supervisory Board

Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber new Chairman - The Supervisory Board of the specialty chemicals group ALTANA has reconstituted itself. The Supervisory Board elected Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber, who has been a member of the Supervisory Board of ALTANA AG since March 2016, as its new chairman.  

March 26, 2020

Metal surcharges for second quarter 2020

As already announced in our last press release dated 19.12.2019 Eckart's metal surcharges will be adjusted on a quarterly basis. 

March 20, 2020

2019 Results: ALTANA Holds Its Ground in a Challenging Environment and Sets the Course for Further Growth

• Sales of € 2,249 million, nearly 3 percent below the strong level of the previous year
• EBITDA reaches € 416 million
• Research and development expanded further, R&D expenditure increased by 7 percent
• High investments in international sites and digitization 

March 20, 2020

Eckart America Information 01 on the COVID-19
Information on the coronavirus, status 18.03.2020

Employee health remains our top priority

Considering the rapid spread of the Coronavirus worldwide, ECKART has established an internal task force to develop and implement proactive measures in response to the COVID-19 virus. We continue to institute ongoing policies and procedures to address the very fluid nature of the pandemic. 

March 20, 2020

ECKART Customer Information 01
Information on the coronavirus, status 12.03.2020

Employee health and supply reliability have top priority

Considering the rapid spread of the coronavirus worldwide, ECKART intensified the work in its situation room and with regard to the communication with authorities for situation-adapted measures. 

March 20, 2020

Informazioni per i clienti ECKART 01
Informazioni sul Corona Virus, stato 12.03.2020

La salute dei dipendenti e l'affidabilità delle consegne hanno la massima priorità

In seguito alla rapida diffusione del Corona Virus, ECKART ha intensificato le misure di
sicurezza nelle proprie sedi ed incrementato la comunicazione con le autorità, ha elaborato
piani in caso di pandemia e ha adottato significative misure di protezione. 

March 16, 2020

ECKART Customer Information 02 Information on corona caused delivery delays, status 20.03.2020

Corona caused delivery delays

At present we are informed by forwarding agents that truck transportation is experiencing additional delays. 

January 20, 2020

SYMIC A for Trendy Matte Effects and Intense Combination Gold

Structureless matte effects are currently very much in vogue: SYMIC A 502 and A 522 synthetic pearlescent pigments from ECKART produce earthy bronze and copper shades with a velvety sheen. The new SYMIC A 393 enriches the A range with its distinctive, brightly coloured combination gold. 

January 09, 2020

ALTANA CO2 Neutral by 2025

• By 2025 the specialty chemicals group will reduce its CO2 impact from production and energy procurement to zero worldwide
• Complete conversion to green electricity already in 2020
• Call for significant strengthening of renewable energies 

December 20, 2019

ALTANA Acquires Overprint Varnish Specialist Schmid Rhyner AG

• Strategic expansion of ALTANA’s ACTEGA division
• Acquisition includes production, research, and development in Switzerland and a subsidiary in the U.S. with a total of around 80 employees 

December 19, 2019

Metal surcharges for first quarter 2020

As already announced in our last press release dated 23.09.2019 Eckart's metal surcharges will be adjusted on a quarterly basis. 

October 14, 2019

Optically brilliant, technically sophisticated

ECKART presents new effect pigments
at the K 2019

„EXPLORE+“: With this motto ECKART invites customers to discover its new effect pigment solutions for plastics (Plastics Fair K 2019, Hall 5, Stand E 16, Düsseldorf, 16 - 23.10.2019).
Four thematic areas will present products and solutions that are not only visually brilliant, but also technically well focused - for added performance.  

September 27, 2019

ALTANA takes over business of Office Color Science Company, enters Software as a Service domain

• Includes all technology and products
• Will be incorporated into the Instruments Business Line of ALTANA’s BYK division
• Strengthens position as technology leader in instrumentation solutions with refinish color matching and formulation software for automotive OEM 

September 23, 2019

Metal surcharges for tourth quarter 2019

As already announced in our last press release dated 25.06.2019 Eckart's metal surcharges will be adjusted on a quarterly basis. 

August 19, 2019

Healthy at work - zero accidents

ECKART GmbH and Berufsgenossenschaft Rohstoffe und chemische Industrie sign cooperation agreement 

August 06, 2019

Half-year results: ALTANA below the strong level of the previous year in a challenging environment

• Strong investments in research and development, digitalization, and locations worldwide
• Sales decline by 4 percent to 1,154 million euros
• EBITDA margin reaches 19.2 percent
• Forecast for the year as a whole: sales roughly at previous year's level 

June 25, 2019

Student Team from Lingen Receives the 2019 ALTANA Special Prize in Chemistry for its Sustainable Business Idea

• “Jugend gründet” nationwide final on June 24 and 25, 2019, at the Porsche Training Center in Stuttgart
• The prize: a trip to one of the largest research and development sites of the specialty chemicals company ALTANA in the U.S. 

June 25, 2019

Metal surcharges for third quarter 2019

As already announced in our last press release dated 27.03.2019 Eckart's metal surcharges will be adjusted on a quarterly basis. 

May 03, 2019

Brilliant Metallic Effects with Sustainable and Cost-Saving Benefits

ECKART, one of the leading manufacturers of effect pigments and metallic printing inks, will be presenting its design concept illoom. at the Packaging Première Milan, Fieramilanocity,pavilion 4, stand E 10, from May 28 – 30, 2019 

April 09, 2019

ALTANA Division BYK Opens New Site in Shanghai

• Specialty chemicals company expanding its presence in Asia through biggest single investment in China so far
• New integrated site to better serve needs of customers locally 

March 27, 2019

Metal surcharges for second quarter 2019

As already announced in our last press release dated 18.12.2018 Eckart's metal surcharges will be adjusted on a quarterly basis. 

March 15, 2019

2018 Results: ALTANA Remains on the Growth Path in an Increasingly Challenging Environment

• Sales increase by 3 percent to €2,307 million
• EBITDA reaches €431 million
• Research and development expenditure increases by 8 percent 

March 11, 2019

Brilliant, Sustainable, Groundbreaking: Effect Pigments for Tomorrow’s Applications

ECKART presents innovations for the coating and printing industry and for functional applications 

February 22, 2019

ECKART Empowers Women with Wowing Colors
Innovative pigment and additive solutions to accentuate individual beauty

Purity, naturalness, and diversity – these are major global cosmetic trends. Based on its outstanding portfolio of effect pigments and additives, ECKART provides fascinating answers to these evolving trends under the theme “Brilliance – Inspired by Nature” at in-cosmetics global, April 2-4, Paris.  

January 24, 2019

ECKART Reacts Confidently to Unexpected Exchange of Raw Materials

Six months ago, the effect pigment industry was unexpectedly faced with a new challenge: a raw material commonly used in the industry was classified as a chemical toxic to reproduction. 

January 04, 2019


ECKART America Corporation is proud to announce Acme-Hardesty’s appointment as exclusive agent/distributor in the United States of the ECKART metallic and pearlescent pigments and rheological clay based additives business effective January 1, 2019. In addition, effective January 1, 2019, Acme- Hardesty will be our exclusive distributor for clay based additives in Canada for the personal care market.