ALTANA Innovation Award 2018

From left to right: Dr. Jürgen Omeis (ALTANA AG), Dr. Marc Eberhardt (BYK-Chemie GmbH), Mark Heekeren (BYK-Chemie GmbH), Dr. Petra Severit (ALTANA AG), Dr. Guillaume Jaunky (BYK-Chemie GmbH), Jeong-sik Shin (BYK Korea LLC), Dr. Horst Sulzbach (BYK-Chemie GmbH), (Mr. Jeong-sik Shin representing the Korea team in the absence of Mr. Byungdu Bae)


BYK Team Wins ALTANA Innovation Award 2018 for New Additive Product Line

  • The winning team prevailed against fourteen competitors from all ALTANA divisions
  • The strong innovative strength of the additive flagship product BYK®-3560 extends BYK’s leading market position

Wesel, November 15, 2018 – The specialty chemicals company ALTANA presented the ALTANA Innovation Award for the seventh time. This year, the redevelopment of specific additives was awarded. As an international team of the BYK division, Mark Heekeren, Dr. Marc Eberhardt, Dr. Guillaume Jaunky, and Byungdu Bae developed a new family of hydrophilic additives on the basis of advanced technologies and, most notably, bought the flagship BYK®-3560 from the lab onto the market. The product series is highly innovative due to the fact that it offers completely new solutions for recoatability in multilayered systems.

“We are pleased to honor outstanding teamwork and state-of-the-art technology with the ALTANA Innovation Award again this year. Taking a completely new approach, the winners were able to establish an innovative product family of hydrophilic additives on the market. As a result, BYK’s leading position in this segment is further supported,” said Dr. Petra Severit (CTO ALTANA AG). 

Various unresolved issues with recoatability were the drivers and motivation for developing new products with new technical solutions. With BYK®-3560 the team took a new, innovative path by drastically increasing the surface energy of coatings and thus significantly improving the adhesion of subsequent coats. “We are proud to have secured a further competitive edge for BYK with our innovative additive product series and thus successfully positioned ourselves for the future,“ said Dr. Guillaume Jaunky from the winning BYK team.

The BYK Team prevailed against 14 strong teams from the four ALTANA divisions. The projects that were submitted were evaluated based on different criteria. The innovative strength of project played a role, as well as the economic advantage that the company can gain from the implementation.

ALTANA ist global führend in reiner Spezialchemie. Die Unternehmensgruppe bietet innovative, umweltverträgliche Speziallösungen für Lackhersteller, Lack- und Kunststoffverarbeiter, Druck- und Verpackungsindustrie, die Kosmetikbranche sowie die Elektroindustrie an. Das Produktprogramm umfasst Additive, Speziallacke und -klebstoffe, Effektpigmente, Dichtungs- und Vergussmassen, Imprägniermittel sowie Prüf- und Messinstrumente. Die vier Geschäftsbereiche von ALTANA, BYK, ECKART, ELANTAS und ACTEGA, nehmen in ihren Zielmärkten jeweils führende Positionen hinsichtlich Qualität, Produktlösungskompetenz, Innovation und Service ein.

Die ALTANA Gruppe hat ihren Sitz in Wesel am Niederrhein und verfügt über 52 Produktionsstätten sowie über 60 Service- und Forschungslaborstandorte weltweit. Konzernweit arbeiten rund 6.300 Mitarbeiter für den weltweiten Erfolg von ALTANA. Im Jahr 2017 erzielte das Unternehmen einen Umsatz von mehr als 2,2 Milliarden Euro. Davon fließen jedes Jahr rund 6 Prozent in die Forschung und Entwicklung. Mit einer im Branchenvergleich hohen Ertragskraft gehört ALTANA zu den innovativsten sowie wachstums- und ertragsstärksten Chemieunternehmen weltweit.