Wesel, Germany -- BYK Additives & Instruments has officially opened an "ultramodern" lab building at its main building in Wesel, Germany. The opening celebrates the site's 50th anniversary.
The expansion includes 8000 sq.m of lab space and 130 new jobs. Since end of 2011, some 80 lab staff have already been working there, primarily on developing innovative additives for plastics applications, BYK said in a 24 May news release.
"This new building is an integral part of our company's innovation strategy because whoever is globally networked and wants to collaborate successfully on application development must create space for effective communication," commented Dr Roland Peter, president, BYK Additives & Instruments.
He added that the new laboratory building offers "ideal" conditions for this due to its user-oriented planning and generous amount of space.
Particular value was placed in the planning stage on the efficient use of energy, BYK said. Primary energy consumption can be reduced by 30 percent against standard buildings with the aid of near-surface geothermal energy, heat pumps and heat recovery systems.
BYK supplies additives & instruments for industries including coating, printing inks and plastics.