Company profile

Innovation und know-how of many years

Our family business, based in the Franconian town of Emskirchen, was founded in 1954 and is one of the most important manufacturers of artists' colours and compasses. Our high-quality paint products of the brands "FINETEC" and "ANGORA" inspire creative people worldwide. Our product range includes artist paints as well as paint products for children and schools. Our compasses are distributed by us under the brand names "SEMA", "CESIECO" and "boden". As an OEM supplier, we have also enjoyed the trust of well-known companies for decades. Our success is based above all on the production of the best quality products that meet the highest standards. In addition, we attach great importance to an aesthetically appealing product design that is a pleasure to use. We are particularly proud of our popular FINETEC neon and pearlescent colours with their square shaped colours and the noble black packaging design.

Specialist for the production and distribution of compasses

Our artists‘ colours and a large part of our compasses like Quick Set Bow Compasses, Geometry and School Compasses are manufactured in the metropolitan region Nuremberg. You will also find special versions like Beam Compasses or Navigational Dividers beside a big variety of compass accessories in our product line. Since 2017, the CESIECO brand belongs to us through the acquisition of the product portfolio of the CESIECO Feinmechanik & Optik GmbH. In January 2020, we have augmented our product range with the "boden" brand of Boden Reißzeuge Bavaria GmbH. We are pleased to preserve the know-how of this company, founded in 1892, and to develop it for future generations.

Decades of experience in the production of watercolour and gouache paints
We are not only a specialist and competent partner in the production and distribution of compasses. Through a cooperation with Draw.TEC GmbH & Co. KG we can offer the traditional brand "ANGORA", which is internationally known for its highly pigmented and bright transparent watercolours and gouache colours, in our product range. The brand "ANGORA" and the know-how, is based on the company "A. Liebetruth & Wieland", founded in Nuremberg in 1872. This traditional company looks back on a history of more than 130 years in which greatest experience in the production of high-quality and finely pigmented watercolours and opaque paints has been gained over generations. Based on that great experience and many years of know-how, the colour production and development has been continued since 2012 by our cooperation partner, Draw.TEC GmbH & Co. KG in Emskirchen.

Pioneer in the development of innovative paint products

Together with our cooperation partner, Draw.TEC GmbH & Co. KG, we are considered a pioneer in the field of colour development. Since 2017 we are a licensee of the FINETEC brand, with which we set trends and revolutionize the market in the field of artists' colours. With our two product lines "FINETEC Essentials" and "FINETEC Premium" we produce a rich variety of innovative colour products. They range from pearlescent colours with opaque, iridescent or Flip-Flop effect, through metallic colours with real silver, to NEON watercolours that fluoresce under UV light and show an afterglow effect.

Sustainability as part of the corporate philosophy
The development of innovative formulations, the constant adaptation of the manufacturing process to the current state of the art as well as the quality assurance of the products are very important in our family business. As an entrepreneur, we are aware of our social responsibility, so we pursue a corporate philosophy based on sustainability. We take a holistic view of the concept of sustainability and attach great importance to including all three dimensions in our corporate management. From an economic point of view, it is important to us to combine tradition with innovation in order to remain competitive at all times. With a graduate chemical engineer in the family, we have the best basis for this, as he knows how to use and develop the know-how gained over decades in the best possible way. The use of innovative manufacturing processes also ensures economically effective production at all times. To meet our social responsibility, we use high-quality raw materials and pigments from renowned manufacturers whose production conditions are subject to high standards. In order to produce in an ecologically sustainable way and contribute to environmental protection, we generate most of our electricity for our colour production by ourselves. With the photovoltaic plant on the roof of the production building, we even generate more green electricity than we consume.

We combine passion for colours with responsibility - also in our function as a qualified OEM supplier of well-known companies. Due to the high quality, colour intensity and brilliance of our colours "Made in Germany", we inspire people all over the world to paint and create.