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Performance Materials

Discover next generation high tech materials and specialty chemicals for your demanding applications.

Our Performance Materials add color to everyday life

The portfolio of EMD Performance Materials is as diverse as the colors of the rainbow – be it groundbreaking liquid crystals and OLED materials for displays, materials for the production of integrated circuits or effect pigments for coatings and color cosmetics or functional materials for energy solutions.

We are the world market and technology leader in liquid crystals. Unstoppable in our quest to advance display technology, our products have enabled razor-sharp images in smartphones, laptops, flat-screen TVs and tablet PCs around the world.

We also lead the global market in pearlescent pigments. They add shimmer to the paint on your car, sparkle to your lipstick and luminescence to the coating on your packaging. But our work with pigments goes beyond color and shimmer. Our functional pigments impart unique physical properties to many diverse products, from antistatic floor coverings and counterfeit-proof product labels, to heat-reflecting blinds.

Kai Beckmann, CEO Performance Materials

Our world is constantly changing. With his personal blog #TheFutureTransformation, Kai Beckmann, CEO Performance Materials, would like to discuss three aspects of this future transformation: technology, social partnership and the future world of work.

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EMD Performance Materials Product Catalog

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Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany unveils new liquid crystal singles at SID Display ...

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will showcase its broad portfolio of display solutions at the Society for Information Display (SID) Display Week 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California, USA...


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Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Lights up Luminale 2018 in Frankfurt with Innovative ...

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is announcing their founding membership to the “OLED Licht Forum” alongside industry experts. United by their passion for OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) lighting, the...


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Changes to Performance Materials Leadership Team

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany today announced changes in the leadership team of its Performance Materials business sector. Dorothea Wenzel will become the new Head of Controlling and Strategy...


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Our wide range of products for the architecture sector helps to turn buildings into energy-savers, windows into smart glass and facades into eye-catchers.

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Our Performance Materials business develops high-tech solutions for the automotive industry. These products and technologies help shape the future of mobility.

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We make beauty rise to new heights. From cosmetic ingredients to effect pigments, our product range for the cosmetics industry provides everything needed to create an end-to-end beauty experience.

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We provide advanced materials for displays and beyond.

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Effect Pigments

From plastics and printing to specialty coatings – with our innovative effect pigments we have everything covered.

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Functional Technologies

Durability, conductivity or increased security – our pigments and additives enable coatings to bring new functionality to almost any surface.

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Light and the way it interacts with different materials has always fascinated us. We develop high-tech chemicals for progressive industries like Photonics, Solar and Lighting.

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We enable the semiconductor industry to make electronic devices more powerful by providing highly innovative material based solutions.

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