MUNICH, Germany/PRILLY-LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The SICPA Group acquired the liquid-crystal pigment business of Munich-based Wacker-Chemie GmbH, as of July 1, 2005. The purchase includes the know-how for applications in the security printing, engraving, industrial and decoration sectors, along with the accompanying production systems, patent and brand-name rights to HELICONE® and POLARSHIFT®. In addition, the employees of the unit are transferring from WACKER to SICPA. It was agreed to keep the purchase price confidential.