Performance Materials Audited

Liquid crystals from Merck are used throughout the world, in LCD TVs, monitors, tablet computers, notebooks, and mobile phones. We also focus on materials for energy-saving lighting using LEDs (light-emitting diodes) and OLEDs (organic LEDs), as well as for OLED smartphone displays. Pigments for the coatings, plastics and printing industries as well as pigments and active ingredients for cosmetic applications are another important part of Performance Materials portfolio. The division is the market leader for pearl luster effect pigments – a highly specialized niche within the pigment market.

Key products

  • LICRISTAL® – Liquid crystal mixtures for displays
  • ISIPHOR™ – Phosphors for energy-efficient, high-quality LED lighting
  • LIVILUX® – Materials for OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) in displays and for innovative lighting
  • ISISHAPE® – Efficient, eco-friendly materials for structuring solar cells and touchscreens
  • IRIODIN®, XIRALLIC®, COLORSTREAM® – Effect pigments for use in coatings, packaging and product design
  • TIMIRON®, COLORONA®, RONAFLAIR®, XIRONA® – Effect and functional pigments for cosmetic formulations
  • RONACARE® – Cosmetic active ingredients for skin care

Key developments in 2011

  • Continuing strong demand for high-tech liquid crystals from Merck: Total revenues of the LC business rise by 8.0% despite pressure on prices
  • Despite a sales decline of 5.4% in the Pigments & Cosmetics business unit, total revenues of the division increase to € 1,467 million
  • After the earthquake in Japan on March 11, production of XIRALLIC® effect pigments resumes at the Onahama site in May
  • Decision to commission a new XIRALLIC® production line in Germany to increase supply reliability
  • Reactive mesogens add new impetus to the LC business
  • Divestment of the Crop BioScience business to Novozymes A/S in Denmark