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BASF presents new concrete additives

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Construction chemicals company BASF has launched a portfolio of new concrete additives at the International Conference on Autoclaved Aerated Concrete. The new range of additives were released under BASF's Master Builders Solutions brand.

“Concrete additives from the MasterCast series aid the production of autoclaved aerated concrete by dispersing the binder particles efficiently, thereby allowing the water content of the fresh concrete to be significantly reduced,” said Nicoletta Zeminian, Segment Manager of Manufactured Concrete at BASF.

The new additives, part of the MasterCast series, allow faster and more efficient production, cutting pre-curing time as the concrete expands and sets at the same time. This is achieved through a reduced water content and MasterCast improves the rheology without impairing the formation process of the pores. By reducing the pre-curing phase, a faster turnover of moulds and subsequent acceleration of the manufacturing process is achieved. As a result, the composition of material can be changed to one less expensive, reducing costs for the customer.

MasterCast will sit alongside other products from the Master Builders Solutions brand, such as the MasterFinish range, which allows for easier formwork removal and more efficient cleaning and maintenance, MasterPel, which gives the AAC a hydrophobic effect, and the Master X-Seed, which accelerates hardening.

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