BYK to invest $50 million to expand Gonzales, TX facility

Monday, Nov 20, 2017

BYK Additives & Instruments, one of the world’s leading suppliers in the field of additives and measuring instruments and a member of the ALTANA Group, today announced a commitment to expand its facility in Gonzales, Texas.

BYK expects to invest USD 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 Center to house the global competence center for natural rheology.

Stephan Glander, Division President BYK Additives & Instruments, stated: “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.”

Alison Avery, President of BYK USA, responsible for business in the NAFTA region, stated: “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.”

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 the USA. Around 150 employees work in Gonzales, Texas at the BYK site.

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