This year, the redevelopment of specific additives was awarded.
As an international team of the BYK division, Byungdu Bae, Dr. Marc Eberhardt, Mark Heekeren and Dr. Guillaume Jaunky developed a new family of hydrophilic additives based on advanced technologies and, most notably, brought the flagship BYK-3560 from the lab onto the market.
The product series is highly innovative due to the fact that it offers completely new solutions for re-coatability in multilayered systems.
“Taking a completely new approach, the winners were able to establish an innovative product family of hydrophilic additives on the market. As a result, BYK’s leading position in this segment is further supported,” said Dr. Petra Severit, CTO ALTANA AG.
Various unresolved issues with re-coatability were the drivers and motivation for developing new products with new technical solutions. With BYK-3560 the team took a new, innovative path by drastically increasing the surface energy of coatings and thus significantly improving the adhesion of subsequent coats.
The BYK Team prevailed against 14 teams from the four ALTANA divisions. The submitted projects were evaluated based on different criteria. The innovative strength of the projects played a role, as well as the economic advantage that the company can gain from the implementation.