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Industry News Kryton Celebrates 40 Years of Under Kari’s leadership and her commitment to value Concrete Waterproofing the people and company culture, Kryton has become an Kryton International Inc., a Canadian- award-winning company that was recognized as one of the based manufacturer and pioneer of Best Companies to Work For in British Columbia for crystalline concrete waterproofing 4 consecutive years. Recently, Kari was appointed the new products worldwide, is celebrating Chair of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) International 40 years in business in 2013. Advisory Committee. Like many companies, Kryton was Kryton continues to evolve and adapt its product line toward built to solve a problem. R.G. (Ron) future trends. By maintaining close relationships with dis- Yuers, the current Chairman of the tributors and customers worldwide, Kryton has a strong pres- Kryton Board, first opened the doors ence in the future of concrete waterproofing. of CanWest Waterproofing Company, a waterproofing appli- cator company. It soon became apparent that the materials BASF and Atlas Copco to Cooperate they purchased from a local supplier weren’t working satis- on Sprayed Concrete Innovation factorily. Yuers decided that if a solution wasn’t available in BASF and Atlas Copco have the market, he would create one. So, he hired a chemist. After signed an agreement to coop- hundreds of hours in a laboratory, Krystol® technology was erate on sprayed concrete born; and in 1973, Kryton was formed as a new company to technology and expertise for launch this new technology into the global market. tunneling and mining, fol- Since its launch, Kryton has been the leading manufacturer lowing the sale of BASF’s MEYCO Equipment business to of concrete waterproofing products, using its proprietary Atlas Copco. integral crystalline formula—Krystol. This success has “BASF’s expert knowledge in chemical solutions for expanded the company worldwide, with offices in Canada, sprayed concrete together with Atlas Copco’s global exper- China, India, Dubai, and the UK. Massive projects such as tise in underground tunneling and mining equipment will Las Vegas CityCenter, Marina Bay Sands, and the Palm drive the optimization of sprayed concrete application,” said Jumeirah were completed using Krystol technology, propel- Daniel Ruckstuhl, Vice President and Head of BASF’s Global ling Kryton into new markets. Underground Construction business. “The cooperation “We feel very fortunate to be a contributing member of between the two market leaders creates a globally unmatched the construction industry for these many years and look partnership to further develop sprayed concrete chemistry forward to many more,” says Kryton’s President and CEO and equipment technology. This joint effort is formed to Kari Yuers. enable high-performance solutions supporting safety and cost Kari Yuers has been in a managerial position at Kryton since and time efficiency in tunneling and mining projects. We are 1991 and CEO of the company since 2001. She has led the pleased to announce this cooperation and look forward to charge in legitimizing the category of integral crystalline tech- working together,” he added. nology and the use of admixtures for concrete waterproofing. The demand for high-quality, durable, sprayed concrete She was recognized as the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of that offers greater safety and reduces health risks and a the Year in 2003 in the Business-to-Business category. negative impact on the environment in tunneling and mining is ever increasing. Further information on BASF is available online at www.basf.com. Passing of Peter C. Tatnall Cement & Concrete Institute Closes We regret to announce the death of In February, after 75 years of our good friend Peter C. Tatnall. Tatnall serving the construction industry served as one of ASA’s earliest Presidents in South Africa, the Cement & in addition to providing many years of Concrete Institute closed. The service on its Board of Direction. ASA decision to cease operations fol- extends its sincerest condolences to his lowed the resignation of the Institute’s main funding members. family, friends, and colleagues in the The Cement & Concrete Institute was established to promote concrete industry. Please refer to the the interests and general advancement of the portland cement subsequent issue of Shotcrete magazine for more information and concrete industries as a whole in southern Africa. in honor of Tatnall and his legacy. 48 Shotcrete • Spring 2013


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