BYK Additives & Instruments

Wesel, January 9, 2015

Development team behind DISPERBYK®-2200 awarded the BYK Advance innovation prize

Wesel, January 9, 2015. - The high-quality stabilization of phthalocyanine pigments and carbon blacks in solvent-borne coating systems, printing inks and inkjet inks was the driver for developing DISPERBYK-2200. To meet the challenges of very small particles - accompanied by a very large specific surface area - and various surface treatments of the phthalocyanine pigments, the development of a new type of polymeric structure had become necessary. This led, for the first time in the company’s history, to the large-scale realization of a solid wetting and dispersing additive and utterly convinced the jury, who awards the internal innovation prize each year.

DISPERBYK-2200, which is available in pellet form, is characterized in particular by significant reduction of the grinding and final application viscosity, obvious improvement in the color strength and transparency of phthalocyanine pigments, and increased jetness of fine-sized carbon blacks in solvent-borne applications. In addition, the newly developed polymeric structure type, in combination with the large-scale manufacture of solid wetting and dispersing additives that has been achieved, forms the perfect basis for future product developments – precisely in those areas of application which it is virtually impossible to develop with products delivered in liquid form.

About BYK Additives & Instruments:

BYK Additives & Instruments is one of the world’s leading suppliers in the field of additives and measuring instruments.Additives are chemical substances which, when used in small quantities, improve product properties such as scratch resistance or surface gloss. Manufacturing processes are also optimized by the addition of additives.
The coatings, inks and plastics industries are among the main consumers of BYK additives. Yet with oil production, the manufacture of care products, paper surface finishing, the manufacture of adhesives and sealants, or construction chemistry, too, BYK additives improve the product characteristics and production processes.
Testing and measuring instruments from BYK can effectively evaluate the quality of color, gloss and appearance as well as the physical properties of paint, plastic and paper products and are an important part of quality control.As a globally operating specialty chemicals company, BYK has production sites in Wesel, Kempen, Moosburg and Schkopau (Germany), Deventer and Denekamp (Netherlands), Widnes (UK), Wallingford, Gonzales, Louisville (USA) and Tongling (China).
BYK‘s instrument section (BYK-Gardner) is based in the Upper Bavarian town of Geretsried.
Today the company employs around 1,800 people worldwide and forms part of the ALTANA Group.