BYK expand rheology additives facility in Texas; invests $50 mn

BYK to expand rheology additives facility in Texas; invests $50 mn

7:36 AM, 18th November 2017
BYK to expand rheology additives facility in Texas; invests $50 mn

WALLINGFORD/GONZALES, US: BYK Additives & Instruments, a member of the Altana Group announced a plan to expand its facility in Gonzales, Texas.

BYK expects to invest $50 million to construct a significant manufacturing facility to increase the company's capabilities and capacities for key products in the rheology additive portfolio, specifically the Garamite product line, ensuring that it is well placed to achieve future growth and meet customer requirements.

In addition to the expansion of production capabilities and several infrastructure upgrade measures, BYK intends to develop a new R&D centre to house the global competence centre for natural rheology.

Garamite products from BYK are natural rheology additives. They ensure, for example, that coatings have the right viscosity and contribute to the lightweight construction of cars. With its thickening effect, Garamite replaces alternative conventional solutions while requiring less solvent to reduce both emissions and production costs.

In total, BYK has six production sites in US. Around 150 employees work in Gonzales, Texas at the BYK site.

“BYK will increase its supply capability for its customers and facilitate the expected volume growth of diverse rheology additives. At the same time, we will strengthen our competitive position in the area of Garamite additives,” said Stephan Glander, division president BYK Additives & Instruments.

“We are thrilled to grow BYK’s investment in the Gonzales, TX community and enhance our global expertise in natural rheology additives. These investments clearly demonstrate BYK’s commitment to growing this important product line and to the Gonzales community, which has developed an outstanding business climate and will allow BYK to attract the best and brightest to support our innovative business well into the future,” added Alison Avery, president of BYK USA, responsible for business in the NAFTA region.

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