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.
1. BASF SE, Ludwigshafen
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.
Update 2023: In the Coatings business unit, BASF continues to be an important partner for industry, for example for automotive coatings, automotive refinish coatings or for architectural coatings. This is also reflected in the figures: In 2022, BASF Coatings achieved global sales of approximately four billion euros.
2. Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Düsseldorf
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.
3. Covestro AG, Leverkusen
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.
4. DAW SE, Ober-Ramstadt
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.
5. Sto SE & Co. KGaA, Stühlingen
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.
Overview of the German paint and coating industry
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.
This information is included in the database
- Company name
- General contact data (address, e-mail address, telephone number, URL)
- Serial letter suitable for addressing the management (e.g. “Sehr geehrter Herr Dr. Müller”)
- Name of the management
- Sales figures for the years 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 as well as employee figures for the years 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 (taken from the annual and consolidated financial statements)
- Field of activity
Note: If the sales and employee figures are not included in a company’s own financial statements but in the parent company’s consolidated financial statements, the data from the respective consolidated financial statements are provided.
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