Germany, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The products named
NANOBYK-3600 and NANOBYK-3601 have been developed
to improve the scratch and wear resistance of (UV)
coatings. NANOBYK-3600 is a water-based dispersion
of nano- Alumina particles. At levels of 0.5% to 5%
being applied to water-based (UV) coatings NANOBYK-3600
improves significantly the scratch resistance of those
coatings. NANOBYK-3601 is a dispersion of nano-Alumina
in Tripropylene Glycol Diacrylate (TPGDA) developed
for 100% UV curable coatings. Again by adding 0.5%
to 5% to the coating formulation mechanical properties
of the coatings are improved significantly.
These products have been developed jointly by BYK-Chemie
and Nanophase Technology Corporation (NTC). Following
the equity investment of ALTANA Chemie end of March
2004 this is the first product launch based on the
worldwide strategic alliance of the two companies.
"We are pleased to announce the availability
of the first nanotechnology products based on the
knowledge and the capabilities of BYK-Chemie and NTC.
Since there is more and more interest being shown
in these products by different customers all over
the world we see this very early product launch as
a proof for the value of the partnership for both
our customers and the two companies involved,"
stated Dr. Roland Peter, Managing Director of BYK-Chemie,
BYK-Chemie and Nanophase Technology Corporation expect
further products to be introduced throughout 2004
covering other application properties that can be
achieved using nanotechnology.
BYK-Chemie is one of the World's Leading Suppliers
of Additives used in the Coatings, Inks, and Plastics
Approximately 85% of our sales are generated by exports.
Our major export markets are Europe, the United States
and the Far East.
Chemical additives are used by processing industries
in the production of coatings, inks, and plastics.
In very small quantities, BYK additives simplify manufacturing
processes, and significantly improve the quality of
finished goods, such as motor vehicles and furniture.
BYK-Chemie is a member of ALTANA Chemie AG, Wesel.
ALTANA Chemie is developing and producing high quality,
innovative products in the sector of speciality chemicals.
BYK-Chemie has been producing additives since 1962
in Wesel. Today it employs over 881 people worldwide,
25% of whom work in research and development departments
or technical laboratories.
Nanophase Technologies (NASDAQ:NANX) , http://www.nanophase.com/
, provides nanoengineered solutions for multiple industrial
product applications. Using a platform of patented
and proprietary integrated nanomaterial technologies,
the Company creates products with unique performance
attributes from two ISO 9001:2000 facilities. Nanophase
delivers commercial quantity and quality nanoparticles,
coated nanoparticles, and nanoparticle dispersions
in a variety of media. The Company owns or licenses
23 United States patents and patent applications and
27 foreign patents and patent applications.
Frank Dederichs, Head of Market Communication of BYK-Chemie
GmbH, +(0281)670-217, or fax, +(0281)670-660, firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://www.byk-chemie.com/