BYK-Chemie GmbH, Wesel, Germany, will have a new production location in Germany starting Jan. 1, 2008. BYK will be taking over the company grounds, plant and staff at the Kempen location (Lower Rhine) from the ALTANA subsidiary ELANTAS Beck, Hamburg. The Kempen location was founded in 1955 under the name “Chemische Fabrik Mühlheim” by Dr. Horst Wiedeking and has been owned since 1988 by the ALTANA group.
Kempen will initially be used for the manufacture of primary and intermediate products required for making additives.
“The thinking behind this takeover is to secure long-term availability of several primary products that are crucially important for our own products,” explained Dr. Roland Peter, division manager of BYK Additives & Instruments. BYK plans to expand the location gradually, eventually manufacturing additives as well as preliminary products there.