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November 16, 2015

Development team behind CMR-free rheological additives acknowledged with the BYK Advance innovation prize

At BYK Additives & Instruments, a leading supplier in the field of additives and measuring instruments for the coatings, inks and construction chemistry industry, the amended labeling for N-ethylpyrrolidone (NEP), which can be found as a solvent in additives, has also necessitated adjustments to the labeling of some rheological additives. 

October 09, 2015

Process optimization with BYK additives

At Chinacoat, the largest and most important trade fair for the coatings sector in the Asian region, BYK Additives & Instruments, a leading manufacturer of additives and measuring instruments for the coatings and printing inks industries, will be represented with an exhibition booth covering about 180 m² 

August 11, 2015

BYK to present additive solutions for aqueous coating systems at the Asia Pacific Coatings Show (APCS)

At this year’s APCS, to be held from September 17 to 18 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, BYK will be presenting its latest product developments in the aqueous coatings and printing inks sectors. 

August 07, 2015

Half-Year Results: ALTANA Increases Sales by 9 Percent

The specialty chemicals Group ALTANA was able to increase sales by 9 percent to €1,070 million in the first half of 2015 (previous year: €985 million). 

August 05, 2015

ALTANA extends €250 Million Credit Facility

The specialty chemicals company ALTANA AG has successfully adjusted and extended a syndicated line of credit in the amount of €250 million. 

July 10, 2015

CERAFLOUR® 964-用于粉末涂料能优化制程的新型蜡助剂

成本优化应用流程一直是粉末涂料行业最重要的课题。 

June 26, 2015

ALTANA Management Board Repositions Itself for the Future

Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber (61) is going to retire and will hand over the chairmanship of the Management Board to longtime Management Board member Martin Babilas (43) on January 1, 2016, Stefan Genten (46) will become ALTANA’s new Chief Financial Officer on August 1, 2015
 

May 26, 2015

Dr. Stephan Glander New Division President of BYK Additives & Instruments

Dr. Stephan Glander (46) has been appointed new Managing Director of BYK-Chemie GmbH, based in Wesel, Germany 

March 30, 2015

BYK®-1640 - emission-free defoamer for aqueous systems

BYK Additives & Instruments is launching a new additive on the market 

March 20, 2015

ALTANA Achieves Leap in Sales and Earnings in 2014

Sales rise by 11 percent to around €2 billion, EBITDA reaches €397 million, with a margin of 20.4 percent, Outlook: Further profitable growth in 2015
 

March 16, 2015

BYK-Gardner QC Solutions for Cosmetics

BYK-Gardner is now introducing a complete new and innovative line of accessories for the cosmetic industry.  

March 06, 2015

BYK additives for optimized processes

At BYK Additives & Instruments, a leading supplier of additives and measuring instruments for the coatings, printing inks and construction industries, the final preparations for its presence at this year’s ECS are now running at full speed. 

February 26, 2015

Change in Adhesives & Sealants personnel at
BYK Additives & Instruments

As of January 1, 2015 there has been a personnel change in the Adhesives & Sealants department. Tobias Austermann, formerly a member of the sales team at BYK specializing in adhesives and sealants, has been appointed successor to Jan Lenz, the previous head of department. 

February 05, 2015

New BYK coupling agent:
SCONA® TPPP 9212 for polypropylene glass fiber compounds

BYK has developed a new coupling agent for use in polypropylene glass fiber compounds 

February 04, 2015

DISPERBYK®-2055 – 100% wetting and dispersing additive with very broad application spectrum

DISPERBYK-2055 is a high molecular-weight wetting and dispersing additive that covers a very broad application spectrum 

January 27, 2015

Alejandro Basterra is the new Managing Director at BYK Chemie de México

Alejandro Basterra is the new Managing Director of BYK Chemie de México as of January 5, 2015 

January 19, 2015

ECS 2015: Process optimization courtesy of BYK additives

The presentation of BYK Additives & Instruments at the European Coatings Show 2015 in Nuremberg is solely devoted to the topic of process optimization. 

January 09, 2015

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

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 

October 31, 2014

BYK Additives & Instruments signs marketing agreement with ITENE

BYK Additives & Instruments has concluded an exclusive agreement with the Spanish technology research center ITENE of Valencia on the production and marketing of new, innovative clay-based additives for the packaging industry. 

October 27, 2014

haze-gard i: The innovative view on Transmission, Haze and Clarity

New haze meter to simultaneously measure total transmission, haze and clarity according to ASTM and ISO test methods: the haze-gard i. 

October 07, 2014

Specialty Chemicals Company ALTANA Enlarges
Management Board

Dr. Christoph Schlünken, President of the BYK Additives & Instruments division, will join ALTANA’s Management Board as of November 1, 2014, Chief Financial Officer Martin Babilas will assume additional responsibilities, Reorganization caters to accelerated growth of the ALTANA Group 

August 08, 2014

2014 Half Year Results: ALTANA achieves double-digit sales and profit increase

Sales reach €985 million, with EBITDA margin at 21.5 percent, Acquisition of Rockwood’s rheology business and organic growth as drivers, Forecast for the full year confirmed
 

June 25, 2014

ALTANA Group Invests €100 million in Landa Digital Printing

Sees Landa Nanography™ as game changer for the print industry 

June 05, 2014

ALTANA more than doubles production capacity for BYK additives in the U.S.

Expansion of Wallingford, Connecticut facility emphasizes commitment to local customers and North American business, Investment is single largest made by ALTANA outside of Germany, Globally harmonized manufacturing increases worldwide supply chain security 

April 29, 2014

ALTANA Group Significantly Expands Presence in China

ACTEGA opens new research facility for coatings and sealants in
Foshan, ELANTAS increases capacity of world's largest production plant for wire enamels in Tongling, BYK plans new plant for chemical additives in Shanghai
 

April 28, 2014
April 03, 2014

Gardner-scrub- New Scrub Abrasion and Washability Tester

BYK-Gardner GmbH introduces a new Scrub Abrasion and Washability Tester - the Gardner-scrub.  

March 21, 2014

2013 Results: ALTANA Continues Growth Course

Sales rise by 4% to €1.8 Billion, EBITDA reaches €336 million, with a margin of 19%, Integration of rheology acquisition is proceeding, Company aims to double its business by 2020 

March 04, 2014

Industry Innovation Index
Innovative Strength: German Industry Falls Short of its Potential

Industrial companies are regarded as exceptionally innovative – particularly German ones. However, a current study by specialty chemicals company ALTANA indicates that many managers of industry in Germany believe there is a need for action in their own companies.  

February 20, 2014

BYK: Internal kick-off sales conference gives impetus for 2014

“The year 2014 really got going for me with this truly unique event in Germany – entertaining, informative and, above all, interactive. There was next to no classic classroom-style teaching format whatsoever,” 

February 20, 2014

temp-gard: Oven Temperature Recorder with new Data Analysis Software

In order to cure coated objects industrial baking ovens are used. The temp-gard is a specially developed oven recorder for feed ovens. It measures and saves object and air temperature during the curing process.  

February 04, 2014

ALTANA Acquires Polypropylene Wax Emulsion Business from DSM

The specialty chemicals group ALTANA has acquired technologies and customer-specific know-how in the field of polypropylene wax emulsions from Royal DSM 

October 01, 2013
October 01, 2013

BYK Extends Management Team in Wesel

With today's completion of the acquisition of the rheology business of Rockwood Holdings, Inc., ALTANA's BYK Additives & Instruments division has announced the following addition to its management team. 

September 20, 2013

HDPE-based coupling agent wins BYK Advance award

The internally awarded BYK Advance innovation prize will this year go to the project “A new and improved modifier for PE-based Wood Plastic Composites – SCONA® TSPE 2102 GAHD”. 

September 17, 2013

BYK-mac i: Unique portable spectrophotometer to quantify fluorescent light

BYK-Gardner - worldwide partner of the automotive, paint and plastic industries for quality control of colour, appearance and physical properties - is introducing a new instrument to objectively detect and quantify fluorescent light excited in the visible range: the BYK-mac i. 

September 04, 2013

BYK additives create lasting bonds

BYK Additives & Instruments will be presenting its latest additive developments from its worldwide BYK laboratories this year at the K trade fair, which will be held from 16 to 23 of October in Düsseldorf. 

August 07, 2013

ALTANA at strong prior-year level in the first half of 2013

Sales reach €887 million with EBITDA margin at 20 percent, Research and development expenses increased still further, Forecast for the full year confirmed
 

July 28, 2013

ALTANA enters into agreement to acquire rheology modifier business from Rockwood

Expansion of highly specialized additives Business, Take-over of four production sites and about 340 employees, Integration in BYK Additives & Instruments division
 

July 19, 2013

NANOBYK®-3630 – Nanoadditive containing boehmite nanoparticles for solvent-borne and high-solid architectural coatings

NANOBYK®-3630 – Nanoadditive containing boehmite nanoparticles for solvent-borne and high-solid architectural coatings 

July 10, 2013

ALTANA donates 30,000 euro to flood victims in Germany

The Wesel-based specialty chemicals company ALTANA has made a sizeable donation in aid of the people who are suffering under the consequences of the flood disaster in parts of Germany. An appeal raised 30,000 euro. 

July 09, 2013

BYK Additives & Instruments receives Platinum status from the U.S. Green Building Council

BYK Additives & Instruments receives Platinum status from the U.S. Green Building Council 

April 25, 2013

New BYK-Gardner Color Theory Poster for your lab!

So many things to do on your desk, that you cannot remember all details when it comes to color measurement and color data interpretation? Don’t worry; with the new BYK-Gardner Color Theory poster you always have the important background information right in front of your eyes. 

March 22, 2013

ALTANA increases sales and earnings again in 2012

ALTANA increases sales and earnings again in 2012  

February 06, 2013

The Essential Element

With its trade fair motto “The Essential Element”, BYK Additives & Instruments is focusing specifically on the theme of water in Hall 4A, Booth 614, at the European Coatings SHOW (ECS) from March 19 to 21 in Nuremberg.  

January 15, 2013

BYK Additives & Instruments tweets and continues to extend its social media presence

At twitter.com/BYK_Advance BYK shares purely product-related news from Research & Development with its followers. 

December 19, 2012

DISPERBYK®-2152 – an emission-free, hyperbranched wetting and dispersing additive for solvent-free epoxy systems and other reactive systems..

In order to obtain excellent pigment deflocculation and stabilization, an additive with highly effective pigment-affinic groups is required. . 

December 07, 2012

ALTANA acquires the business of the wax additive manufacturer ChemCor, USA

ALTANA has signed a contract to acquire the business of Chemical Corporation of America Inc. (ChemCor), a U.S. manufacturer of specialty wax additives... 

November 29, 2012

New software smart-lab for color & effect analysis in the laboratory!

BYK-Gardner - worldwide partner of the automotive, paint and plastic industries for quality control of color, appearance and physical properties - is announcing the new software smart-lab for color & effect analysis in the laboratory. 

November 22, 2012
November 08, 2012

ALTANA Innovation Award 2012 goes to BYK

A BYK innovation team has won the 2012 ALTANA Innovation Award. The prize was awarded for high performance CRP wetting and dispersing additives for sophisticated coatings applications.  

November 01, 2012

Reorganization of the Management Team at ALTANA AG

The presidents of the four divisions will be rotating their posts 

October 30, 2012
September 28, 2012
September 27, 2012
August 27, 2012

BYK Additives & Instruments presents a renewable and biodegradable additive at the APCS 2012

BYK Additives & Instruments presents a renewable and biodegradable additive at the APCS 2012 

August 08, 2012

ALTANA reports sales increase in the first half of 2012

The specialty chemicals Group ALTANA AG was able to further increase sales and operating earnings over the first six months of the current business year. 

July 17, 2012
May 24, 2012

BYK Additives & Instruments opens new lab building in Wesel

As part of the global Marketing & Sales conference and the site’s 50th anniversary, BYK Additives & Instruments is today officially opening its ultramodern lab building in Wesel.  

April 12, 2012

BYK Additives & Instruments reveals improvement potential in paper finish

Against a background of rising raw material prices and the associated pressure to keep costs down, the desire to optimize along paper production’s value-added chain has increased appreciably. This development can lead to instabilities in the combination of paper substrate and subsequent processes. 

March 21, 2012

ALTANA further expands its business in 2011

Sales 5% up on the previous year, EBITDA margin at high level of 19.1%, Positive outlook even in an uncertain environment  

March 08, 2012
December 28, 2011

Innovative process control reports make your live easier!

BYK-Gardner - worldwide partner of the automotive, paint and plastic industries for quality control of color, appearance and physical properties - is announcing new data analysis reports in their innovative software smart-chart: scorecards as well as trend reports with drill-in functionality. 

December 19, 2011

New additive from the BYK range: CERAFLOUR® 1000

renewable and biodegradable with 100% functionality 

November 10, 2011

ALTANA Innovation Conference 2011:
ALTANA Innovation Award for PVC-free sealing compounds used in packaging

ALTANA Innovation Conference 2011:
ALTANA Innovation Award for PVC-free sealing compounds used in packaging 

November 07, 2011

Life cycle assessment for additives

BYK sets new standards 

August 18, 2011

BYK-mac and smart-chart enable the use of Digital Color Standards

BYK-Gardner - worldwide partner of the automotive, paint and plastic industries for quality control of color, appearance and physical properties - is announcing a new feature in their data analysis software smart-chart: distribution of digital master standards within the whole supplier chain. 

August 04, 2011

ALTANA continues on its growth course

Healthy top line growth in the first six months of the year, High raw materials costs burden margin 

July 13, 2011

BYK-Gardner accredited by independent experts - ISO/IEC 17025:2005

Geretsried, 12th June 2011 The testing and calibration laboratories of BYK-Gardner - worldwide partner of the automotive, paint and plastic industries for quality control of color, appearance and physical properties - have been accredited according to ISO/IEC 17025:2005. 

July 08, 2011
April 18, 2011

Albert von Hebel appointed member of the management team of BYK-Chemie GmbH

With effect from April 1, Albert von Hebel succeeds Gerd Büscher as Managing Director. In his new role, he is responsible for the areas of finance, controlling, purchasing, IT, integrated management systems, and general administration.
 

April 15, 2011
April 02, 2011

Efficient Data Analysis with smart-chart

BYK-Gardner - worldwide partner of the automotive, paint and plastic industries for quality control of color, appearance and physical properties - is introducing a new software for BYK-mac, wave-scan and cloud-runner to efficiently analyse measurement data: smart-chart software. 

March 22, 2011

ALTANA achieves outstanding business year 2010

ALTANA achieves outstanding business year 2010 

March 18, 2011

Objectively measure mottling of effect coatings -
with the new cloud-runner

Geretsried/Germany, March 16, 2011: BYK-Gardner, producer of complete QC solutions for measuring color, appearance, and physical properties of paint and plastic, is introducing the portable “cloud-runner” to efficiently measure mottling at the paint line.

Metallic and effect finishes are of great popularity in the automotive industry. The orientation of the effect pigments (e.g. alu flakes) is very critical and is dependent on the “robustness” of the paint formulation as well as variations of process parameters.
 

March 10, 2011

BYK at the ECS: innovative and environmentally-friendly

BYK to present innovative and environmentally-friendly solutions for the coatings, printing ink, and adhesives industries from its location in Hall 7 A, Booth 205 at this year's European Coatings Show (ECS) taking place from March 29th - 31st. This year, the company headquartered in Wesel, Germany, is highlighting the brand new BYKJET® - product portfolio for inkjet applications at their booth.
The BYK booth will provide customers and those from the adhesives and sealants industry with a comprehensive overview of the innovations and further developments for these markets. 

January 20, 2011

ALTANA acquires polymer modifier producer Kometra

The specialty chemicals Group ALTANA has signed an agreement today to acquire Kometra Kunststoff-Modifikatoren und -Additiv GmbH.