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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, plans to expand production and add a research and development center at its facility in Gonzales, Texas.

According to company officials, BYK will invest $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.

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. In total, BYK has six production sites in the USA. Around 150 employees work in Gonzales, Texas at the BYK site.

Stephan Glander, Division President BYK Additives & Instruments, said: “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,” Avery explained.

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