Oskar Nolte

Environmental Thesis

Coatings are widely used in the furniture industry to smoothen the surface and to protect it from harmful substances, abrasion, and UV light. Solvent-borne coatings, however, constitute a potential hazard to both the human health and to the environment, as solvents are pollutants and usually toxic, volatile and flammable.

Water-borne coatings, on the other hand, are environmentally friendly and allow the elimination of organic solvents, representing an environmental advantage together with favourable manufacturing characteristics for the furniture industry. Especially for indoor furniture in homes and offices where toxic emissions directly affect humans, the water-borne coatings contribute to a healthier life and cleaner environment.


Oskar Nolte is a leading manufacturer of high performance wood coating and lacquer systems for industrial applications primarily in the furniture industry. The company focuses on water borne and UV coatings, and as such develops, produces and delivers solvent-free coating systems in liquid form to wood panel manufactures.

Due to the elimination of organic solvents, Oskar Nolte saves more than 20,000 thousand tons of solvents per year. From its headquarters and manufacturing site in Germany it delivers its high-performance coatings around the globe.

Ambienta joined Oskar Nolte as a key shareholder in April 2015. In May 2018 Ambienta sold Oskar Nolte to the family owned industrial holding company Peter Möhrle Holding.

Environmental Impact

Ambienta only invests in businesses which have a positive impact on the environment through either, or both, a Resource Efficiency or Pollution Control contribution. Our proprietary methodology, the Environmental Impact Analysis, allow us to measure the contribution of different businesses to sustainability in terms of Resource Efficiency and Pollution Control which we capture through 11 Environmental Metrics.
For each portfolio company we report its impact in relation to our metrics.

Resource Efficiency

Oskar Nolte’s contribution to Resource Efficiency is summarized by the following Environmental Metrics and SDGs:

Energy Saved

Pollution Control

Oskar Nolte’s contribution to Pollution Control is summarized by the following Environmental Metrics and SDGs:

CO2 Emissions Reduced

Pollutants Avoided

Sustainable Development Goals

Our Methodology and Metrics are fully aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015. Through our investment scope definition that focuses on products and services that improve Resource Efficiency and Pollution Control we fully capture 10 of the 17 Goals and their respective sub-goals.
For each portfolio company we report its impact in relation to the SDGs.