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Altana Acquires The Eckart Group

December 9, 2005

Altana Chemie AG, the specialty chemicals division of Altana AG, has signed an agreement to acquire the Eckart GmbH & Co. KG, headquartered in Germany. Eckart is a manufacturer of metallic effect pigments and metallic printing inks and employs about 1,850 people worldwide.
In addition to the acquisition of new products and technologies, Altana Chemie will also get access to new customers and markets, especially from the cosmetics and the building and construction industries. Altana Chemie AG will maintain all product fields, sites and employees. Eckart will be maintained as an established brand and will become the fourth business unit of Altana Chemie AG.
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