Marl, Germany-Dr Hans-Peter Schaufler succeeded Thomas Hermann as head of Degussa AG's Coatings & Colorants Business Unit 1 Jan 2006. Hermann has been appointed head of the Advanced Fillers & Pigments Business Unit.Degussa's Coatings & Colorants Business Unit supplies crosslinkers, polyesters, speciality resins, and colorants to the paints, coatings, printing inks, adhesives, and sealing compounds industries. The business is headquartered in Marl, and employs 1700 people at 10 production sites. Sales in 2004 were Euro 699 million ($832 million). At the start of 2006, Degussa added the Tego Coating & Ink Additives business to Coatings & Colorants. This business makes additives, hydrophobic agents, and heat-resistant silicone binding agents for the paints and inks industry, with an emphasis on aqueous and radiation-cured printing inks and paints. Schaufler first joined Degussa in 1978 as laboratory manager for polymer chemistry research in Hanau-Wolfgang, and has moved between companies including Para-Chemie in Gramatneusiedl, Austria, Agomer GmbH in Wolfgangm, Germany and Röhm GmbH, before returning to Degussa. "