BYK stands for the globally successful Division Additives & Instruments of the ALTANA Group. It includes the additives made by BYK-Chemie and the instrument business of BYK-Gardner.
Around the world, the additives of BYK ensure that coatings and plastics obtain precisely the desired properties and the correct quality. Applied in very small quantities they improve the quality, production and pro cessability of coatings and plastics. As the optical appearance of surfaces becomes increasingly significant, devices for measuring such properties as gloss and color are needed. The testing and measuring instruments of BYK-Gardner can determine the exact quality of the color, gloss and physical properties of paint and plastic products, which is especially important for quality control in the paint and plastics industry.
In 2012 the Division Additives & Instruments employed 1,458 people and achieved sales of EUR 618,4 million. Around 87 per cent of its sales is generated outside Germany. Major foreign markets are the neighboring European countries, the USA and the Far East.
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