Colours are our world

We offer a wide variety of paints, lacquers and coating systems for DIY, Marine and Industrial services. Our product range goes from standard products up to specialties for protection of steel and other surfaces against corrosion and erosion. You will find our decorative coverings, varnishes as well as other products for house and garden in many well known DIY shops.

With approximately 180 employees (of which appr 120 are located in Glückstadt) we serve our customers worldwide through own sales organizations and foreign cooperations. No matter if Japan, the USA, Russia, Greece or South-Africa, our paints are used all over the world. Warehouses in several countries support the market.

Quality, customer orientation and service are the maxims we devoted ourselves to. With the absolute will to fulfill highest standards and to cooperate with our customers while developing new concepts as well as further development in our product range we produce flexible on markets demands.

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Our production mainly takes place in our 1996 newly built factory in the outskirts of the small northern German town Gülckstadt at the river Elbe. But also in Russia, Greece, Singapore and China we have production partners to produce close to the market to offer our local customers the best possible service.

The business processes as well as our standardized working methods are certificated after EN-ISO 9001. Our factory is audited regularly by acknowledged certification organizations. On the basis of our quality product and service standards we were classified "A" supplier by reputable companies.

Continuity in the development of our products as well in direction of ecological compatibility as in direction of innovative solutions secures most modern, state-of-the-art results for our customers. To give always the utmost, to use highest quality raw materials and to produce a continuously high quality under exemplary production conditions – that is our outspoken objective.


Founded in 1845 Wilckens was active in the cereal business in the years up to World War 1. When the export markets for cereals where lost during the war events Max Ernst Wilckens started the business with paints and lacquers. After World War 2 and the relocation from Elmshorn to Glckstadt the business expanded and boomed the company in this area and the cornerstone for today’s success was laid.

1996 the new factory at Glckstadt’s outskirts was completed and entered. In this modern production facility we today produce 20.000 tons of paints annually for industry as well as for marine and DIY. We are one of Germany’s most considerable independent paint producers als well as Germany’s biggest producer of marine coatings.

Also today, more than 150 years after the founding, the management of our company is still in families hands. In fourth generation the brothers Dr. Marcus Wilckens and Michel Wilckens lead the Wilckens Farben GmbH successfully.