List of the 80 largest Paint and Coating Manufacturers in Germany [2023]

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This list is an excerpt of our List of the 5,000 Largest Companies in Germany

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Overview of the paint and coating industry in Germany listed in detail

Our list contains the largest companies in the paint and varnish industry. Varnishes are coating materials that are either in liquid or powder form and can be produced in any color imaginable. Varnish has three different functions. Protection, decoration, and function. The world’s largest area of application for coatings is architectural paints (facades, etc.), but coatings also play a key role in the automotive and aircraft industries. The largest manufacturer of coatings in Germany is BASF SE, which produces everything from surface coatings and automotive paints to piano finishes.

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Our list of the largest paint and varnish manufacturers in Germany is a unique overview of the companies with the highest sales in the industry – presented in a comprehensive Excel file. The data set is available for purchase via our online store and can be downloaded directly after purchase. Our list does not only contain the general contact information of the companies, but also contains the names of the current management as well as the revenue from the last five years. Our database saves you hours of research and you will be able to get started with your work immediately. Our research team updates the listed information on an ongoing basis, ensuring that you are always working with accurate and up-to-date data. Within one year of purchase, you will receive free updates via email. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to support you with our data set of the largest paint and varnish manufacturers in Germany.

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  • General contact details (address, e-mail address, telephone number, URL)
  • Names of the management
  • Sales for the years 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 (based on the respective annual or consolidated financial statements via the Bundesanzeiger)
  • Employee numbers (based on the most recent annual or consolidated financial statements via the Bundesanzeiger).

Note: If the sales and employee figures are not included in a company’s own annual financial statements but in their parent company’s consolidated financial statements, the data from the parent company will be provided.

List of the 5 largest coatings and paint manufacturers in Germany

There are over 200 German companies in the coatings and paints industry. Many are chemical companies that are also active in other areas. Here are the 5 largest coatings and paints manufacturers.

1st place: BASF SE, Ludwigshafen: 59.1 billion euros in sales

BASF is Germany’s leading chemical company with more than 110,000 employees. Coatings and paints are produced in the Coatings division (segment: Chemicals). The subsidiary BASF Coatings in Münster is responsible for this. Production focus: automotive, automotive refinish and industrial coatings as well as architectural coatings. BASF Coatings has 2,300 employees.

2nd place: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Düsseldorf: 19.3 billion euros in sales

Henkel is a German consumer goods manufacturer that is primarily associated with detergents or beauty care products. However, in its Adhesive Technologies business sector, Henkel also produces adhesives, sealants, paints and functional coatings for industry. The Group employs almost 53,000 people.

3rd place: Covestro AG, Leverkusen: 10.7 billion euros in sales

Covestro was created in 2015 by spinning off the plastics division from the Bayer Group. The new group has around 16,500 employees. Coatings products belong to the Solutions and Specialties segment, here to the Coatings and Adhesives business unit. Among other things, this unit produces precursors for coatings, adhesives and sealants.

Update 2023: Reducing CO2 emissions is a highly relevant topic for the (chemical) industry. The German chemical companies Covestro and Lanxess announce at the beginning of 2023 that they will henceforth approach the production of basic chemicals in a more climate-friendly way. CO2 emissions are to be reduced by up to 120,000 metric tons per year.

4th place: DAW SE, Ober-Ramstadt: 1.4 billion euros sales

DAW was founded in 1895 as “Deutsche Amphibolin-Werke von Robert Murjahn”. Today, the company forms the corporate umbrella of the Caparol Group. This is one of the largest German manufacturers of emulsion paints. One of the best-known Caparol brands is Alpina Farben. The family-owned company employs about 5,600 people.

5th place: Sto SE & Co. KGaA, Stühlingen: 1.4 billion euros in sales.

Sto’s origins lie in a lime works founded in 1835 in southern Baden. Today, Sto (for the company’s founder Wilhelm Stotmeister) is a leading German manufacturer of paints, plasters, varnishes, coating and thermal insulation composite systems. The Baden-Württemberg-based group employs more than 5,300 people.

Lead-generation made easy: Valuable data on Germany’s top-selling paint and coating manufacturers presented in an easy-to-understand data set

Why should you choose our list of the largest paint and varnish manufacturers in Germany? There are many reasons. First of all, we work continuously and relentlessly on the data quality of our data sets. This guarantees that the information included is as up-to-date as possible and we ensure to always look for the companies with the highest sales. Many lead-generation databases often have outdated data and do not incorporate all relevant companies. Another benefit of our data sets is the clear, clean presentation as an Excel file. Industry overviews in pdf format are practical for certain purposes, but can neither be imported into a CRM system nor edited according to your needs. In addition, there is detailed information in our industry lists, which allows uncomplicated sorting and filtering according to your needs.

The list of the largest paint and coating manufacturers is an excerpt from our Germany-wide database.

Listenchampion has the ambition to tranform fuzzy markets by creating transparent and accessible data sets. Our industry database is characterized by high-quality data and contemporariness. Our research team is constantly working on optimizing and expanding our database so that we can always provide our customers with the best possible data. At the center of our work is our list of the 5,000 companies with the highest turnover in Germany. We analyze the largest companies in the country, classify them according to industry and area of activity, and compile the sales and employee figures for the last few years. Thus, our customers can immediately start working with their list and establish new partnerships. Based on this database, not only our overview of the largest paint and coating manufacturers has been created, but also numerous other data sets of the German industry. In addition to our list of the largest paint and coating manufacturers in Germany we also offer various Germany-wide industry lists (e.g. dataset of the 400 largest mechanical engineering companies in Germany).
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