Geotech International B.V., based in Haarlem, The Netherlands, is a dynamic company focusing on the development, production and distribution of special effect pigments.
The owners family has a background in the industry with over 40 years of experience. Mr. Theo Polman started selling natural pearlescent pigments made out of fish scales in the late 70’s. In the beginning of the 80’s his son, Mr. Coert Polman, founded a European branch office for The Mearl Corporation, an American producer of pearlescent pigments. In order to respond to the rapidly growing demand for glittering effects he started a new company, GEOTECH, in 1984. Throughout the 80’s GEOTECH became a well-known supplier for glitter flakes being the first company who introduced glitter into the cosmetic industry.
Since 1999 the company is managed by the third generation, Ms. Madelon Polman and Mr. Harold van Haren. They increased the product portfolio with new innovative special effect pigments and established a global sales network with distributors and sales agents.
In 2003 GEOTECH opened a fully equipped laboratory for quality control and technical support to increase the level of service for its customers.
In 2008 the well performing glitter portfolio was rebranded with the introduction of the Geoshine®, Geospectra® and Geocrystal® product lines.
In 2014 SGS certified GEOTECH’s Quality Management System (QMS) based on the ISO 9001 and GMP standards. GEOTECH’s QMS was built to create a process of continuous improvement. The main target is to become a long term preferred supplier for special effect pigments for their customers. To achieve this, GEOTECH aims to be the commercial, innovative and qualitative number one for their customers, in addition to which GEOTECH strives to zero defects.
In 2016 GEOTECH acquired Paillettes et Pigments Sarl (PEP), a French distributor of special effect pigments. After the integration the PEP office remained open and became a GEOTECH sales office to support the French market.
To anticipate on the expected further growth the coming years a new premises was purchased in 2017. This 2.700 m2 facility was completely renovated to comply to GEOTECH's strong standards. In April 2018 GEOTECH moved into this new facility at the Emrikweg in Haarlem, the Netherlands. The total surface area was extended more than twice and a storage capacity of 200 mt special effect pigments was created to be prepared for the future.
Now a days GEOTECH’s special effect pigments are being used globally in the cosmetic, plastic and coating industry with a sales volume extending 300 mt in 2018.