PRESS RELEASE ELANTAS PDG, Inc. Celebrates 100 Year Heritage of Innovation (1919-2019)
St. Louis, MO, October 16, 2019 – ELANTAS PDG, Inc. (EPDG), formerly known as The P.D. George Co., is celebrating its 100th Anniversary on November 19, 2019.
On November 19th, 1919, Pericles Demetrius “P.D.” George started a small innovative business in St. Louis, MO that manufactured resin products for the paintings and coatings industry. Today, EPDG is the trusted global leader in liquid electrical insulation products, including magnet wire enamel, insulating resins, potting compounds, conformal coatings, insulating films and a wide range of specialty resin and adhesives systems.
The P.D. George Company grew both organically and through acquisitions until 1996 when the company was purchased by ALTANA AG, a specialty chemical company headquartered in Wesel, Germany. ELANTAS PDG, Inc. is part of ALTANA’s ELANTAS division and serves electrical and electronic device manufacturers and specialty resin and adhesive users around the world.
EPDG remains committed to their four Guiding Principles of Safety, Service, Innovation and Quality and strives to be leading in everything they do. Their everyday focus is to exceed their customer’s expectations while maintaining the highest level of safety for their employees and protection for the environment.
The company will celebrate this momentous event, bringing together employees, retirees, government officials, customers, suppliers and ALTANA colleagues at the plant for tours, presentations and a luncheon on the hundredth anniversary.
ALTANA is a global leader in true specialty chemicals. The Group offers innovative, environmentally compatible solutions for coating manufacturers, paint and plastics processors, the printing and packaging industries, the cosmetics sector and the electrical and electronics industry. The product range includes additives, special coatings and adhesives, effect pigments, sealants and compounds, impregnating resins and varnishes, and testing and measuring instruments. ALTANA's four divisions, BYK, ECKART, ELANTAS, and ACTEGA, all occupy a leading position in their target markets with respect to quality, product solution expertise, innovation and service.
Headquartered in Wesel, Germany, the ALTANA Group has 47 production facilities and 60 service and research laboratories worldwide. Throughout the Group about 6,400 people work to ensure the worldwide success of ALTANA. In 2018, ALTANA achieved sales of €2.3 billion. About 7 percent of sales are invested in research and development every year. Its high earning power and high growth rate make ALTANA one of the most innovative, fastest growing, and profitable chemical companies in the world.
ELANTAS produces insulating materials for the electrical and electronics industry. They are found in electric motors, household appliances, cars, generators, transformers, capacitors, digital cameras, wind mills, computers, lamps, circuit boards, and sensors, and help to ensure that product design engineers can construct ever smaller and more powerful electronic devices, thus saving materials and energy.
The ALTANA division, which is managed by a holding company headquartered in Wesel, Germany, has nine independent manufacturing companies in all major regions worldwide. In 2016, ELANTAS employed a total workforce of 976 people.