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New Products & Processes BASF Launches MasterEase concrete, and will present this innovation at the ERMCO A new groundbreaking admixture range for (European Ready Mix Concrete Organization) Congress in low-viscosity concrete Istanbul, Turkey. With the new technology, plastic viscosity can be reduced As global leader in concrete ad - by up to 30%, which results in a substantial reduction of mixtures, the Master Builders pumping pressure required to pump the concrete on the con- Solutions® experts have developed struction site. Placing and finishing of the concrete is much a new generation of polymers bringing a significant im - easier, faster, and hence more economic than using standard provement in the rheological properties of concrete. concrete. “Innovation is what drives our business. With our Advanced concrete mixtures often demonstrate a higher new products we want to meet our customers’ needs, con- viscosity due to their low water contents. Although having tribute to their success, and strengthen our connectedness. a high level of workability, the concrete often appears harsh, This is the force behind MasterEase,” said Ralf Spettmann, sticky, and therefore difficult to pump and process. This is President, Construction Chemicals. especially true for engineering concrete with low water- “The new admixture technology enabling these properties cement ratios (w/c) optimized towards having a low envi- is being made available globally under the brand of Mas- ronmental impact. terEase,” explains David Bowerman, Regional Business Seg- • New MasterEase product range for superior rheology of ment Manager for Orient, Russia, and Africa. “Ease stands for high-performance concrete easiness of mixing, pumping, placing, leveling, and finishing • Low viscosity and concrete mixture stability facilitate of concrete. After pioneering concrete technology with market pumping and placing of concrete leading products, such as MasterGlenium and Master X-Seed • Optimizes the concrete mixture design and allows reduction we are proud to present another groundbreaking innovation of CO2 footprint from Master Builders Solutions to the concrete industry.” To overcome these challenges, BASF has developed Master- Concrete producers and users benefit in many ways from Ease, a new admixture range developed for low-viscosity the new technology: it is flexible and can be adapted to chal- lenging situations such as temperature variations. Moreover, the high level of rheology and workability retention minimizes the risk of jobsite addition of water: “This is a real added value for the contractors in terms of concrete durability,” explained Jan Klügge, Head of Marketing, Ready Mix Europe. “The concrete is easy to place, trowel, and pump. Using this concrete saves time and cost in every single construction project, it improves the utilization of the transportation fleet and equip- ment and reduces the wear of mixers, pumps and pipelines.” In addition, the possibility to reduce mix water even further without impacting the concrete rheology opens new possi- bilities for improvement in concrete mixture designs: less water in concrete mixtures implies higher performance and better durability. “We already started to supply the new technology to the first construction projects. The feedback from the field is overwhelming,” said Klügge. The new technology is particularly suitable for concrete mixtures which are optimized for advanced engineering prop- erties and sustainability: the Green Sense Concrete concept from Master Builders Solutions. High-strength concrete with low w/c, as well as mixtures with higher levels of secondary cementitious materials, reduce the CO2 footprint and are easier to produce and place. This helps engineers and investors to improve sustainability ratings of their projects. Starting in Europe and the Middle East, this technology will be globally available as MasterEase 3000 series for ready mix and site mix concrete applications. For further information on innovative BASF products for With innovative MasterEase, placing and finishing of concrete the construction industry, please go to www.master-builders- is much easier and faster than using standard concrete solutions.basf.com. 64 Shotcrete • Summer 2015


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