BASF starts production of concrete admixtures in Russia
BASF has opened its first production plant for concrete admixtures in Russia located at its existing site in the Podolsk District of the Moscow Region. With this new production facility BASF will serve its customers in the Russian construction industry with a wide range of concrete admixtures based on state-of-the-art technologies.
- (1888PressRelease) August 07, 2012 - “Russia as an emerging market is very attractive for us. We expect the Russian construction industry to grow annually by seven percent in the next three years. By investing into local production of our high-tech admixtures we can serve our customers in Russia even more effectively and flexibly”, said Tilman Krauch, head of BASF’s Construction Chemicals division.
The size of the Russian market for concrete admixtures is about €140 million annually. The BASF portfolio of admixtures produced locally at Podolsk will comprise 30 different admixture types including latest generation products based on Polycarboxylic Ether (PCE) technology. Among them are Glenium® superplasticizers improving the flowability of fresh concrete as well as the strength and durability of the final concrete structures or RheoMatrix® admixtures giving self-compacting properties to concrete.
To date, BASF has been importing concrete admixtures from its other production sites. Local production will help BASF to meet special requirements of the Russian construction market even better. BASF experts will be able to provide admixture formulations adjusted to the quality of domestic cement types and other raw materials as well as weather conditions. The admixtures will also be formulated specifically for optimum performance in their own market segments, i.e. Readymix, Precast, Manufactured Concrete Products and Site Mix / Paving. In a laboratory located in the manufacturing complex the quality of raw materials as well as finished products will be tested. A BASF training and information center has been constructed on the site to hold information workshops for customers and partners of the company.
Sergey Vetlov, General Director of OOO BASF Stroitelnye Sistemy, noted: “Construction companies in Russia are asking for more and more high-performance concrete to build projects in various climatic zones of Russia from Vladivostok to Kaliningrad. This results in an ever-increasing demand for BASF admixtures providing a good reason to start local production in Russia.”
State-of-the-art equipment as well as procedures according to BASF standards ensure a high level of occupational safety, health and environmental protection in line with all legal regulations.
BASF has been providing construction chemicals to the Russian market since ten years. Projects realized with BASF products and expertise include sports facilities and other projects in Sochi, major infrastructure projects in Vladivostok and metallurgical complexes in the Ural Mountains.
Other production of BASF in Russia
Elastokam, LLC, is the joint venture of Elastogran GmbH, BASF subsidiary, and Nizhnekamskneftekhim», OJSC, founded for the production of polyurethane systems.
The plant of the subsidiary of BASF Coatings AG (represented by BASF Vostok, LLC, in Russia) is in operation in Pavlovsky Posad and manufactures automotive and industrial coatings.
About the Construction Chemicals division
BASF’s Construction Chemicals division is the leading supplier of chemical systems and formulations for the construction industry. Continuous innovation and tailor-made solutions ensure its customers are more successful. Its product portfolio comprises admixture systems, cement additives, solutions for underground construction, repair systems and performance grouts, expansion control systems, waterproofing solutions and sealants, flooring systems, tile fixing systems, wall systems and solutions for wood protection. The division operates production sites and sales centers in more than 60 countries and achieved sales of about €2.2 billion with approximately 7,000 employees in 2011.
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