Archroma is a global, diversified provider of specialty chemicals serving the branded and performance textiles, packaging and paper, and coatings, adhesives and sealants markets.

Headquartered in Pratteln, Switzerland, the company operates a highly integrated, customer-focused platform that delivers specialized performance and color solutions in over 90 countries.

Archroma works with 5,000 employees in 42 countries and with 35 production sites.

Our Heritage

Archroma’s heritage traces back to when Kern & Sandoz was established in 1886 in Basel to produce textile dyes. In 1995 Clariant was formed, as a spin-off from Sandoz, and in 1997 acquired the specialty chemicals business of Hoechst.

SK Capital acquired the then Textile Chemicals, Paper Specialties, and Emulsions businesses from Clariant Corporation in September 2013. The three divisions were combined into an integrated, market-focused, and collaborative company and renamed Archroma upon becoming an independent entity.

Through this direct lineage, Archroma has knowledge and experience of chemistry and industry spanning more than 130 years.

Growing a new leader

Archroma is a member of the SK Capital Partners group. We continue to grow with additional acquisitions.

In July 2015 we acquired the global textile chemicals business of BASF, and between 2014 and 2018, we acquired M. Dohmen, an international group specializing in the production of textile dyes and chemicals for the automotive, carpet and apparel sectors.

In December 2019, we acquired BASF's stilbene-based OBA business for paper and powder detergent applications which included an additional production site in located in India.

In February 2023, we acquired Huntsman Textile Effects. With this, we brought together two global leaders to lead our industry towards a more sustainable future for our customers and markets.

Our purpose

Archoma's purpose is to lead our industry towards a more sustainable future for our customers and markets.

We touch and color people’s lives every day, everywhere and this gives us a huge responsibility. That is why, at Archroma, we operate alongside the principles of "The Archroma way to a Sustainable World": Safe, efficient, enhanced. It's our nature!"

We are growing business by leveraging local entrepreneurship and our global organization in a collaborative way. We enable our customers to win in their market, we push limits to outperform and we never give up! We deliver specialized performance and color solutions to meet customers’ needs in their local markets and achieve a fair value for our shareholders and stakeholders in return.

Our passion: Delivering leading and innovative solutions, enhancing people’s lives and respecting our planet. It's our nature!


Our business

We deliver specialized performance and color solutions to meet customers’ needs in their local markets, touching and coloring people’s lives every day, everywhere.

We know the key drivers and requirements for the whole supply chain. Our R&D, technical experts and product managers worldwide help companies to optimize production processes and enhance products.

Brand & Performance Textile Specialties

From fiber to finish, Archroma’s Brand & Performance Textile Specialties Business plays a key role throughout the entire textile supply chain, with special chemicals for pretreatment, dyeing, printing and finishing of textiles. Our system solutions enhance the properties of apparel and other textiles in applications as diverse as high fashion, home textiles and special technical textiles.

Packaging & Paper Specialties

Archroma‘s Packaging & Paper Specialties Business provides expertise in the management of whiteness, coloration, special coatings and strength for all kinds of papers. By combining our focused product range with the application services of our paper experts around the globe, we enhance both the optical and functional properties of packaging, paper and tissue.

Coatings, Adhesives & Sealants

From paints, adhesives and construction to the textile and paper industries, Archroma’s Coatings, Adhesives & Sealants Business provides solutions for a wide range of applications. Literally thousands of satisfied customers have been a witness to the outstanding success of Archroma’s Mowilith®emulsions since its first patent was obtained in 1912.


Archroma and all subsidiaries operate to global ISO standardized management systems:

  • SN EN ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems Standard
  • SN EN ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems Standard
  • SN EN ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management System Standard

Initial third-party audit and certification in 2014, re-certified in 2020 with a current validity until July 2023.

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Archroma was awarded the EcoVadis “Platinum” rating in corporate social responsibility (CSR) 2022, which places our company within the top 1% of the best rated companies in its industry.

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Archroma has a well-deserved reputation in bringing innovation to the market to advance sustainability goals. Not only in advancements in specialty chemical manufacturing processes, but also in innovative technologies that allow significant reductions infinite resources for stakeholders within the value chains.

Archroma has been recognized for these innovations and has continuously earned awards over the years:

  • 2017 OutDoor Industry Award 2017, Gold winner within the Sustainable Innovations category, for our EarthColors technology
  • 2016 World Wildlife Fund Pakistan - Eco-innovation Award for Sustainability Initiatives
  • 2014 Global Water Summit commendation for our Sustainable Effluent Treatment Facility in Pakistan
  • 2013 Independent Chemical Information Service (ICIS) Innovation Award for our ONE WAY Sustainability Service
  • 2012 ICIS Innovation Award for Advanced Denim dyeing
  • 2007 EPA “P2 Recognition Project” Award for deposit control agent Cartaspers® PSM, used in paper manufacturing

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