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Additives & Instruments: Success through innovation, service, and customer orientation BYK stands for the globally successful Division Additives & Instruments of the ALTANA Group. Around the world, the additives of BYK ensure that coatings, printing inks, and plastics obtain precisely the desired properties and the correct quality. Used in small quantities they improve the product properties, production, and processability. Yet in paper surface fi nishing, the production of adhesives and sealants, or construction chemistry, BYK additives are also improving the product properties and production processes. An attractive look and long-lasting protection are the key quality criteria of a class-A surface. The BYK-Gardner unique color, appearance, and physical testing solutions not only control but also provide support for optimizing surface quality. The innovative instruments measure the surface as the human eye sees it – thus they become “objective eyes”. In 2011 the Division Additives & Instruments employed around 1,400 people and achieved sales of 582 million euros. The name of a shared goal: improve & prove Improving the quality of paints, printing inks, plastics, and paper coatings, and making them measurable: BYK Additives & Instruments lives out this objective, furnishing proof of the quality of our products on a daily basis. Both sectors of BYK Additives & Instruments have been outstandingly successful – each assuming lead positions internationally. The company’s group structure promotes additional synergies that make us a valuable partner for our customers. The additives and instruments sectors complement each other, serving all parts of our customers’ process chains: from searching for solutions in order to obtain the properties desired and thus improve the quality of paints, printing inks, plastics, and paper surfaces – to using our highly specialized testing and measuring instruments to clearly describe the effects of the BYK additives on the visual appearance and functionality of these surfaces. So that it can quickly accommodate the customer’s needs in this way, BYK places great importance on being close to its customers and remaining in constant communication with them. The company is represented in more than 100 countries and regions around the globe. In fourteen technical service laboratories, BYK offers customers and users support with additive questions. At its locations in Germany and the Netherlands, as well as in Asia, the USA, and Brazil, BYK develops solutions for various application sectors. In BYK seminars some 1,100 participants from around the world are informed and trained each year. At the same time, every year BYK invests approx. 7.5% of its sales in research and development – a fi gure that is three times higher than the industry standard. 2


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