Wesel, May 26, 2015

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

Wesel, May 26, 2015 - Dr. Stephan Glander (46) has been appointed new Managing Director of BYK-Chemie GmbH, based in Wesel, Germany, and worldwide President of BYK Additives & Instruments, the largest division in terms of sales of the specialty chemicals group ALTANA. He will take up these roles as of July 1, 2015, succeeding Dr. Christoph Schlünken, who became a member of the ALTANA Management Board in November 2014.

Dr. Glander brings many years of international management experience. With a PhD in chemistry and an MBA at Michigan State University, he held various management positions in major chemical companies such as Bayer AG. In his last role as Managing Director of the Engineering Plastics Division of Röchling, he had full responsibility for the Composites and Medical Plastics business units. Before that, from 2005 to 2012, he worked for Quadrant EPP AG in Switzerland as Business Line Manager Advanced Engineering Plastics and was later promoted to Global Director Marketing & Technology of the group.

“I am pleased that we have gained a true industry expert with excellent technical and management skills for our largest business unit,“ says ALTANA board member Dr. Christoph Schlünken. “I am confident that he will continue the BYK success story together with our employees here.”

About BYK Additives & Instruments:

BYK Additives & Instruments is one of the world’s leading suppliers in the field of additives and measuring instruments. Additives are chemical substances which, when used in small quantities, improve product properties such as scratch resistance or surface gloss. Manufacturing processes are also optimized by the addition of additives. The coatings, inks and plastics industries are among the main consumers of BYK additives. Yet with oil production, the manufacture of care products, paper surface finishing, the manufacture of adhesives and sealants, or construction chemistry, too, BYK additives improve the product characteristics and production processes. Testing and measuring instruments from BYK can effectively evaluate the quality of color, gloss and appearance as well as the physical properties of paint, plastic and paper products and are an important part of quality control.

As a globally operating specialty chemicals company, BYK has production sites in Wesel, Kempen, Moosburg and Schkopau (Germany), Deventer and Denekamp (Netherlands), Widnes (UK), Wallingford, Chester, Gonzales, Louisville (USA) and Tongling (China). BYK‘s instrument section (BYK-Gardner) is based in the Upper Bavarian town of Geretsried. Today the company employs around 1,900 people worldwide and forms part of the ALTANA Group.


ALTANA is a global leader in true specialty chemicals. The Group offers innovative, environmentally compatible solutions with the matching specialty products for coating manufacturers, paint and plastics processors, the printing and packaging industries, the cosmetics sector and the electrical and electronics industry. The product range includes additives, special coatings and adhesives, effect pigments, sealants and compounds, impregnating resins and varnishes, and testing and measuring instruments. The ALTANA Group has four divisions: BYK Additives & Instruments, ECKART Effect Pigments, ELANTAS Electrical Insulation, and ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants. All of these divisions occupy a leading position in their target markets with respect to quality, product solution expertise, innovation and service.

Headquartered in Wesel/Germany, the ALTANA Group has 49 production facilities and more than 50 service and research laboratories worldwide. Throughout the Group more than 6,000 people work to ensure the international success of ALTANA. In 2014, ALTANA achieved sales of about 2 billion euros. About 6 percent of sales are invested in research and development every year. Its impressive earning power and high growth rate make ALTANA one of the most successful and innovative chemical groups worldwide.