| Specialty chemicals for printed circuit boards, IC-substrates, semiconductors and surface finishing industry|
Around 4,000 (End of 2012)
Atotech is an international speciality chemicals company with its main office in Berlin, Germany.
Atotech provides specialty chemical processes and equipment for the printed circuit board, IC-substrate and semiconductor industries as well as the decorative and functional surface finishing industries.
Atotech operates in more than 40 countries with chemistry and equipment production sites in Germany, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Spain, China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, India, Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. In 2012, the company employed about 4,000 people. Atotech was founded in 1993, when ELFAtochem merged its M&T Harshaw operations with the electroplating division of Schering AG.
Major competitors of Atotech are the US-based companies Enthone, MacDermid and the French company Coventya.
Atotech originates from the Schering AG. The roots of the “Schering-Galvanotechnik” division can be dated back to 1895, when Schering patented a process for leaching gold and silver by potassium cyanide.
In 1901, the electroplating division came into existence and produced salt mixtures for storing metals, brand name Trisalyt.
In 1936 the electroplating division developed the first “fast” electrolyte – Copper Trisalyt Extra Rapid – as well as the world’s first gloss surface bath – Brilliant. The success of these innovations led to the establishment of the first department for plant construction for electroplating.
In 1951, Schering AG started the electroplating division in Feucht, Germany, where Atotech has its main equipment production site until today. In 1989, the electroplating division moved to a new location in Berlin, Germany.
In 1993, Schering AG sold its electroplating division to the French chemical company ELF Atochem. ELFAtochem merged its subsidiary M&T Harshaw with the electroplating division from Schering AG and founded Atotech Deutschland GmbH.
After the establishment of plants and service centers in Germany, a manufacturing and service network in other European countries and Asia, and later in the Americas followed.
Today, Atotech’s core businesses are decorative and functional surface finishing and printed circuit boards and package substrates as well as the complementary fields of electronic materials and semiconductor technology. The company provides custom-made integrated production systems and local service to its customers worldwide.
Atotech provides specialty chemical processes and equipment forPrinted circuit board industry
decorative and functional surface finishing industry (decorative coatings, corrosion protection coatings, electroless nickel, hard chrome, functional electronic coatings)