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Wesel, May 24, 2012

BYK Additives & Instruments opens new lab building in Wesel

BYK Additives & Instruments opens new lab building in Wesel

From left to right: Manfred Kleiböhmer, Dr. Roland Peter, Ulrike Westkamp, Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber, Dr. Gerald Kirchner

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. Inside of two years’ building activity, 8,000m2 of lab space and 130 jobs have been created. Since end of 2011, some 80 lab staff have already been working there, primarily on developing innovative additives for plastics applications.

In the words of Dr. Roland Peter, President Division BYK Additives & Instruments: “This new building is an integral part of our company’s innovation strategy. Because whoever is globally networked and wants to collaborate successfully on application development must create space for effective communication. The new laboratory building constitutes the ideal conditions for this due to its user-oriented planning and generous amount of space.”
Particular value was placed in the planning stage on the efficient use of energy. With the aid of near-surface geothermal energy, heat pumps and heat recovery systems, primary energy consumption can be reduced by 30% against standard buildings. As regards the construction materials used, they either consist of renewable materials or are easily disposed of. Likewise, the insulation and the entire ventilation system are in compliance with the strict energy requirements.

BYK Additives & Instruments has thus been able to meet all the necessary requirements for the LEED precertification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) under the Platinum standard and has received the official documentation from the USGBC (Green Building Council).


About BYK Additives & Instruments:

BYK Additives & Instruments is one of the world’s leading suppliers in the additives and instruments sector.
Approximately 87% of our sales are generated by foreign countries. Our major export markets are Europe, the United States, and the Far East.
Additives are chemical substances that are used in small quantities to improve product properties such as scratch resistance or surface gloss. Manufacturing processes are also optimized through the use of additives.

The coatings, printing inks, and plastics industries are some of the main areas of application of BYK additives. Yet in paper surface finishing, or the production of adhesives and sealants as well as construction chemistry, BYK additives are also improving the product properties and production processes. In 2009 BYK extended its portfolio with raw materials for the production of mold release agents for aluminum die casting.

BYK Instruments can quantify the quality of color and gloss and the physical properties of paint, plastic and paper products. Instruments from BYK are predominantly used for quality control.

BYK Additives & Instruments is a member of ALTANA, Wesel. ALTANA develops and produces high-quality, innovative products in the sector of specialty chemicals.

BYK Additives & Instruments employs around 1,400 people worldwide, 25% of whom work in research and development departments or technical laboratories.