Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Commissions Fully Automated Unit for the Digital Color Measurement of its Pigment Products

Merck KGaA, Darmstdt, Germany, today commissioned its first fully automated unit for the digital color measurement of its pigment products.

28 Sep 2022 | Darmstadt, Germany
  • Capital investment of nearly € 10 million is part of extensive investments in the Gernsheim production site
  • Automation and digitalization of production processes

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, today commissioned its first fully automated unit for the digital color measurement of its pigment products. The unit was commissioned in Gernsheim, Germany, the company’s largest pigments production site. Approximately 560 people work at the site. 

“We have invested tremendously in recent years to expand our pigment production capacities,” said Jeff White, Head of the Surface Solutions business unit within the Electronics business sector of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. “In September 2021, a second production line for effect pigments based on silicon dioxide was launched in Gernsheim – an investment of nearly € 28 million. We are now increasingly investing in automating and digitalizing our production processes. The investment of nearly € 10 million in a unit for the automated and digital color measurement is only one example of how we are further advancing the digitalization of our production processes within Surface Solutions.”

By commissioning this unit, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is improving the color reliability of its pigment products. To date, quality control of color pigments has mainly been manual and was highly dependent on the perception of the human eye. With the new, fully automated process, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, will measure the color values digitally and thus generate extremely reliable color measurement values that can be validated by customers. Improved reproducibility of the pigments will provide customers consistently high product quality worldwide. In the future, color will be a transparent quality criterion.

The new unit is one of numerous projects at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, designed to advance the quality of products and processes through automation and digitalization. Following Gernsheim, color measurement units are to be introduced in the coming months at additional pigment production sites of the company in Onahama (Japan) and Savannah, Georgia (USA).

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About Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, operates across life science, healthcare and electronics. Around 60,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people’s lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From advancing gene editing technologies and discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – the company is everywhere. In 2021, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, generated sales of € 19.7 billion in 66 countries.

The company holds the global rights to the name and trademark “Merck” internationally. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the business sectors of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, operate as MilliporeSigma in life science, EMD Serono in healthcare, and EMD Electronics in electronics. Since its founding in 1668, scientific exploration and responsible entrepreneurship have been key to the company’s technological and scientific advances. To this day, the founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed company.

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