Why invest

We develop products and solutions that make life better – and have been successfully doing so for over 300 years. And when you’ve prospered for centuries as we have, you must have done a few things right.


It’s a great idea to invest in us – and here’s why

Profitable Growth

Profitable Growth

  • We continue unfolding and developing our entrepreneurial potential to make the best use of the many new opportunities the market offers.
  • We are aiming for quality growth, where sales increase faster than costs.
  • Our growth opportunities result from innovations and from acquisitions strengthening our presence in important markets.
  • This is supported by financial discipline including a strong cash flow generation and a long-term margin of >30%. 

Diversification & Risk Management

Diversification & Risk Management

  • Our focus lies on three business sectors, Healthcare, Life Science and Performance Materials.
  • In all sectors, we have the pioneering knowledge and experience needed to work with customers and to develop new products that improve the quality of life for patients, furthering the success of our customers and helping to meet global challenges.
  • At the same time, operating in these business sectors enables us to spread the entrepreneurial risk of our owners.

Attractive Markets

Attractive Markets

  • Our products and markets are highly profitable businesses: They include margins of 30% or more, resulting from leadership in growing industries and markets.
  • Leveraging of niche markets’ exposure and developing specialty products together with our approach to encourage innovations further support our business setup.
  • This sustainable business model will continuously open up potential to expand in the future as it did in the past.

Innovation Power

Innovation Power

  • Many successful companies adapt to changes in society, research and technology – we initiate and shape those changes.
  • Our market presence is characterized by cutting-edge innovations in research and development, expertise in manufacturing, and strong customer proximity.
  • We believe that the potential of innovation can best be set free in the context of open processes, co-operations, alliances and partnerships – an environment that we will continue to foster with our newly built innovation center.

Transparency & Profit Distribution

Transparency & Profit Distribution

  • A sustainable dividend policy that allows shareholders to participate in our economic success is a key factor in our relationship with the capital market.
  • We are committed to transparency, which means best practice reporting on sustainability and corporate governance.
  • Awards in the past years show the appreciation of our efforts in transparent and active capital market communication.

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