As a provider of environmentally friendly, flame-retardant fillers and special oxides, we serve growing markets the world over. The reason for this has been the increasing awareness for the environment, safety and sustainability. Driven by regulatory requirements and voluntary commitments by the industry, sustainable - environmentally friendly products and processes are continually gaining the upper hand. This has also increased the demand for our products. In addition, we are also benefiting from global growth trends such as electromobility, energy storage and stricter emission controls for internal combustion engines.
As a reliable supplier that always provides excellent product quality, we are leaders in the global market. Our export share is over 75%. All of our products are based on aluminum hydroxide, aluminum oxide or other mineral raw materials. Consistent quality for our products as well the reliable supply chain to our customers are the key factors underlying our success.
We have the expertise, the experience and the ability to implement complex processes. This is the basis for our high-quality and highly specialized products that find use in many areas. Additional tailwind has also been provided by the numerous awards we have received for our innovation: Appropriate structures and systems as well as intensive development and application technology promote the whole innovation process in our company. In this way we can drive new developments even more efficiently.
Our success is based largely on the commitment, knowledge and skills of our employees. We support both their ability and desire to continuously improve and ask questions by providing excellent education and training programs. Through the intensive transfer of know-how, we are able to gain valuable experience and expertise in the company over the long term. Nabaltec employs a total of around 500 staff. The Executive Board is manned by Johannes Heckmann (Chairman), Günther Spitzer and Dr. Alexander Risch.
For plastics to be able to fulfill the ever-growing requirements regarding safety, environmental friendliness and processability, the functional fillers we produce are being added to them . These are modifying the properties of plastics to your advantage in a number of key ways. Our halogen free, flame-retardant fillers are used inter alia for cabling in tunnels, airports, high-rise buildings, in data processing and in the insulation industry. In case of a fire, for example, they delay the spread of fire and suppress the development of environmentally harmful and unhealthy smokes and fumes.
Our aluminum oxides find use particularly in the refractory industry. However, you can also find them in brake and friction linings of vehicles, where they are used to optimize braking characteristics.
The high level of development expertise in our ceramics operations combined with state-of-the-art equipment makes us a highly innovative supplier for ceramic masses.
After a year of study abroad in the USA, Johannes Heckmann completed his industrial engineering studies at the Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences and began his professional career in 1993 as a project manager at Schindler Aufzüge AG in Lucerne, Switzerland. At the end of 1993, he moved to AKW Amberger Kaolinwerke GmbH, where he also worked as a project manager and, among other things, had project responsibility for constructing a kaolin plant in Brazil. In April 1995, Johannes Heckmann began his career as a managing director at Nabaltec. With the founding of Nabaltec AG and the IPO in 2006, he was appointed to the Executive Board and was responsible for the areas of production, research and development. With effect from 01/01/2017 he was appointed as Chairman of the Executive Board of Nabaltec.
Günther Spitzer is responsible as Chief Financial Officer for the areas of Finance/Controlling, Administration and IT. After an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk in 1985 he began his career at the VAW aluminium AG Schwandorf factory. Following further training to become a company accountant, he then became head of cost accounting in 1991. Upon completion of a job-accompanying course in business economics in the year 1998, Günther Spitzer was then Head of Controlling at Nabaltec AG until 2008. In addition, since 2009, he has also been responsible for the area of Financing. In 2009 he was also granted general commercial power of representation. In this role, he was responsible for optimizing the financing structure. Major projects included the issue of a bond in 2010 for small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as the issuance of two bonded loans in the years 2013 and 2015. With effect from 01/01/2017, Gunther Spitzer has been Chief Financial Officer at Nabaltec AG.
Dr. Alexander Risch was appointed to the Executive Board at Nabaltec AG as of 1 October 2021 and is responsible for research and development, production and sales. After completing a degree in Mineralogy at the Friedrich‑Alexander University in Erlangen-Nürnberg and a dissertation at Bilfinger + Berger Umweltverfahrenstechnik in Mannheim, he joined the Geosciences Institute in Erlangen where he began work on a project supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and supervised by Siemens AG focusing on high-temperature superconductive oxide ceramics. As part of the project, Dr. Alexander Risch also successfully completed his PhD thesis. From 1999, he worked in sales as a Technical Support Manager at Hoffmann Mineral GmbH before taking over management of the ‘toll manufacturing’ profit center with the aim of expanding this business division to become a second pillar. Dr. Alexander Risch managed the Sales, Marketing and Order Processing divisions of Hoffmann Mineral GmbH globally from 2006 to 2021 and during this time, gathered extensive experience in the field of industrial fillers and their functionalization.
Gerhard Witzany was as a long-standing member of the Executive Board of Nabaltec AG within the committee for business operations, where his responsibilities included sales, purchasing, marketing, financing, controlling and human resources. In 1974 he completed his studies in business economics at the University of Regensburg and was subsequently employed by Wieland Werke AG in Ulm. In 1982, he moved to Metallwerke Schwarzwald GmbH in Villingen where he was given general power of representation. From 1985 to 1992 Gerhard Witzany was Managing Director of VAW Flussspat Chemie GmbH as well as Hebel Stulln GmbH and Pharma Stulln GmbH in Stulln. He then moved to the Supervisory Board of VAW Flussspat Chemie GmbH and additionally took over the management of the Special Oxides Division of VAW aluminium AG in Berlin/Bonn. Since 1995, only briefly interrupted due to his work as a managing partner of Pharma Stulln GmbH and ALSI-PENTA Zeolithe GmbH, Gerhard Witzany was managing director and from 2006 until the end of 2016 was member of the Executive Board at Nabaltec. In addition, from 2013 until 2018 he was President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the Upper Palatinate/Kelheim. Along with his family, Gerhard Witzany has been owner of a significant share of Nabaltec AG. Since June 2017, Gerhard Witzany has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Nabaltec AG. Currently, Gerhard Witzany practices no further supervisory board mandates.
Dr. Dieter J. Braun started his professional career in September 1980 after studying inorganic chemistry and his promotion as an applied technician for aluminum hydroxide at VAW aluminium AG. There in 1987 he became head of sales in the Special Oxides Division headquartered in Schwandorf, and in 1988 he was entrusted with the management of the entire Special Oxides Division. After completing an Advanced Management Program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, in 1992 he was appointed Managing Director of VAW motor GmbH. In 1996 he was appointed General Representative for VAW aluminium AG and member of the Executive Board in 1997 with responsibility for the automotive supply business, research and development, VAW of America and the central purchasing coordination. After the acquisition of VAW by Norsk Hydro in 2002, Dr. Dieter J. Braun assumed the chair of the management boards of Hydro Aluminum Deutschland GmbH (HAD) as well as Norsk Hydro Deutschland Verwaltungsgesellschaft GmbH (NHDV). At the same time, while managing Hydro Aluminium A.S. in Oslo he was also responsible for the global automotive supply business. Following his retirement from these functions on the 05/31/2006, Dr. Dieter J. Braun moved to the supervisory boards of the German Hydro companies HAD and NHDV until 2013. In October 2009 he took over the chairmanship of the Supervisory Board of Smetan Engineering GmbH. In 2011 he became a member of the Supervisory Board of Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products GmbH. He carried out both activities until 2013. Since 2006 Dr. Dieter J. Braun has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Nabaltec AG as well as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heyn Partner GmbH since 2011 and is currently not a member of any other statutory supervisory board or a comparable control committee of any other company.
Dr.-Ing. Jürgen G. Heinrich was Professor of Engineering Ceramics at the Institute for Non-Metallic Materials at the Technical University of Clausthal. He began his scientific career at the Johann Friedrich Böttger Institute in Selb, where he graduated in 1972 with a Diploma in Engineering (FH). In 1976 he completed his studies in material sciences with a diploma in engineering at the Technical University of Berlin, where he also earned his doctorate in 1979. He then worked until 1985 with only a short interruption at the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V. (German Center for Aerospace) in Cologne and from 1985 to 1995 he managed the Development Department for Engineering Ceramics at Hoechst CeramTec AG. His work at the Institute for Non-Metallic Materials of the Technical University of Clausthal was assumed in 1995. From 2001 to 2003 he was Dean of the Faculty of Physics, Metallurgy and Materials. From 1993 to 2014 Professor Dr.-Ing. Jürgen G. Heinrich was a member of the Research Advisory Board of the German Ceramics Society and was also its chairman from 2003 to 2007. From 2007 to 2009, he was president of the European Ceramic Society. From 2008 until 2011 he was Managing Director of the International Ceramic Federation (ICF). Since 1999 he has been a member of the Academy of Ceramics and since 2008 Fellow of the American Ceramic Society. Since 2013 he is Senior Visiting Professor for the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Professor Dr.-Ing. Jürgen G. Heinrich worked regularly as an expert reviewer for public institutions and research bodies and is author of over 100 publications. From 2010 until 2019 he has been editor-in-chief for the Journal of Ceramic Science and Technology. Professor Dr.-Ing. Jürgen G. Heinrich has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Nabaltec AG since 2006 and is currently not a member of a supervisory board or comparable control committee of any other company.