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BASF launches range of concrete admixtures

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World Cement,

Master Builders Solutions® concrete admixtures help to achieve void-free, smooth and sharp-edged concrete surfaces that meet the requirements on aesthetics and design and, at the same time, increase the profitability and ecology of precast-element production. The broad portfolio offers solutions across the production process, from plasticisers and hardening accelerators to release agents to formwork cleaners.

German-based precast manufacturer, IDEAL Beton, is part of the HUF Group and is an exclusive supplier for the popular range of prefabricated HUF houses. “With regard to concrete elements, it is important to have flawless surfaces”, said Managing Director, Sascha Stroeder.

For their release agent, IDEAL Beton have opted for an eco-friendly product. “In the combination of a MasterFinish release agent and a MasterFinish cleaner we have found a solution that is exempt from hazardous labelling and that meets our high demands in terms of fairfaced-concrete quality”, Stroeder says.

The MasterFinish portfolio supports a wide variety of specific applications. “In the case of IDEAL Beton, we tested a wide range of products locally for a week to select the right combination of products”, said Cengizhan Zor, Marketing Auxiliaries DACH at Master Builders Solutions. The MasterFinish products selected are made using 98% renewable raw materials and are readily biodegradable. While the release-agent emulsion provides formwork removal after each concreting cycle, the cleaner is used once a week. “This makes formwork cleaning significantly more straightforward. All rust, foamed-polystyrene and cement residue present on the tables can be removed, and perfect void-free surfaces are the result”, Cengizhan Zor said. And since the release agent is no longer applied manually but using a spray-bar system, dosage quantities could be reduced as well, resulting in further cost reductions.

New plasticiser, MasterEase improves the rheology properties of concrete. The technology enables resource-saving concrete optimisation and concrete surfaces of good quality. Viscosity is reduced and the concrete is less sticky.

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