BYK 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. As a globally operating specialty chemicals company, BYK has production sites in Germany, in the Netherlands, in Great Britain, in the US and in China. Today the company employs more than 2,300 people worldwide and forms part of the ALTANA Group.