Who they are

Ciba currently operates in more than 120 countries. The company became independent in January 1997. It was formed from part of the former Ciba-Geigy, when that company became Novartis.


Headquarters are in Basel, Switzerland and the company employs over 14,000 people worldwide. In 2006 sales reached CHF 6.4 billion. (CHF is Swiss francs. 1 Swiss franc =  £0.45 at the time of writing).


The company has had a manufacturing base in the UK since the beginning of the 20th century. UK headquarters are in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Around 2,000 people are employed at five UK locations.


The Paisley site is over 50 years old. It is the “largest classical organic pigment manufacturing facility in the world” and  “the most modern pigment plant of its type in the world”. More

What they make

A wide range of pigments, pigment preparations, dyestuffs and additives for paints, inks and coatings for materials and surfaces. The company is organised into three market-facing segments: plastic additives, coating effects and water & paper treatment.


“We create effects that improve the quality of life – adding performance, protection, colour and strength to plastics, paper, automobiles, buildings, home and personal care products, and much more.”

How they make them

History of paints and coatings. Find out more.

Where they make them in Scotland

Ciba Paisley

Hawkhead Road





Tel: 0141 887 1144

What they want

“Our career pages will give you an insight into the combination of business and personal skills we look for in a potential candidate - in any area of our business - together with our programs for ensuring individuals' continuous development and for rewarding outstanding performance.” More


Qualities the company looks for in its managers.

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