The Germany-based BASF, one of the largest chemical manufacturers in the world, has reportedly launched a wide range of innovative solutions under its brand name Master Builders Solutions®. As per trusted sources, the launch of these additives took place at the 6th International Conference on Autoclaved Aerated Concrete, scheduled between 4-6 September.
Nicoletta Zeminian, BASF’s Segment Manager of Manufactured Concrete, was quoted stating that new concrete additives belonging to the MasterCast series assist the manufacturing of autoclaved aerated concrete by effectively dispersing the binder particles, thereby significantly reducing the water content of the fresh concrete.
According to sources familiar with the matter, the new additives which are a part of the MasterCast series by the chemical giant, enable quicker and significantly efficient production, reducing pre-curing time as the concrete expands and settles at the same time. Incidentally, this is realized through a condensed water content and MasterCast enhances the rheology without damaging the pore formation process.
Reports claim that by significantly lowering the pre-curing phase, a quicker turnover of molds and consequent speeding up of the production process is attained. The composition of the material can be altered to the one with a comparatively lower cost, reducing the amount spent by customers, cite credible sources.
According to a company statement, MasterCast will complement other products from the latest brand Master Builders Solutions, for instance, the MasterFinish series, which enables easier formwork elimination and ensures efficient maintenance and cleaning. Another product MasterPel, renders the AAC with a significant hydrophobic effect, and the Master X-Seed, from the same brand, helps to fast-track the hardening process.
For the uninitiated, the BASF Corporation produces and distributes basic intermediates and chemicals extending across plasticizers, monomers, and solvents to glues and electronic chemicals, along with raw materials for plastics, textile fibers, detergents, paints, and coatings, pharmaceuticals and plant protection.