The products are marketed under
the tradenames NANOBYK-3600 and NANOBYK-3601. They have been developed to
improve scratch and wear resistance of UV-coatings that can also be applied to
plastics (e.g. as a top coat for Vinyl Floorings). NANOBYK-3600 is a
water-based dispersion of nano-Alumina particles. At levels of 0.5% to 5%
being applied to water-based UV-coatings NANOBYK-3600 improves significantly
the scratch resistance of those coatings. NANOBYK-3601 is a dispersion of
nano-Alumina in Tripropylene Glycol Diacrylate (TPGDA) developed for 100% UV
curable coatings. Again by adding 0.5% to 5% to the coating formulation
mechanical properties of the coatings are improved significantly.
These products have jointly been developed by BYK-Chemie and Nanophase
Technology Corporation (NTC). Following the equity investment of ALTANA
Chemie end of March 2004 this is the first product launch based on the
worldwide strategic alliance of the two companies. "We are pleased to
announce the availability of the first nanotechnology products based on the
knowledge and the capabilities of BYK-Chemie and NTC. Since there is more and
more interest being shown in these products by different customers all over
the world we see this very early product launch as a proof for the value of
the partnership for both our customers and the two companies involved," says
Dr. Roland Peter, Managing Director of BYK-Chemie, Wesel.
BYK-Chemie and Nanophase Technology Corporation expect further products to
be introduced throughout 2004 covering other application properties that can
be achieved using nanotechnology.
BYK-Chemie is one of the World's Leading Suppliers of Additives used in
the Coatings, Inks, and Plastics Industry.
Approximately 85% of our sales are generated by exports. Our major export
markets are Europe, the United States and the Far East.
Chemical additives are used by processing industries in the production of
coatings, inks, and plastics. In very small quantities, BYK additives
simplify manufacturing processes, and significantly improve the quality of
finished goods, such as motor vehicles and furniture. BYK-Chemie is a member
of ALTANA Chemie AG, Wesel. ALTANA Chemie is developing and producing high
quality, innovative products in the sector of specialty chemicals.
BYK-Chemie has been producing additives since 1962 in Wesel. Today it
employs over 881 people worldwide, 25% of whom work in research and
development departments or technical laboratories.