- New generation of concrete admixture that reduces viscosity of concrete by up to 30%
- Facilitating easy pumping, placing, leveling, and finishing of concrete
Nha Trang, Vietnam – April 4, 2018 – BASF today jointly organized a technical seminar in Nha Trang in cooperation with Khanh Hoa provincial Department of Construction to introduce its concrete admixture solutions MasterEase® to help concrete producers and constructors in this region to create durable, high quality concrete structures faster and easier.
Nha Trang has long been established as Vietnam's major tourist attractions with total visitors in 2017 of 5.4million, a 20% increase versus prior year and target in 2018 of 6.5million visitors, according to the provincial department of tourism, making it one of the fastest growing regions in Vietnam. The flourishing tourism industry therefore increasingly requires more supply of infrastructure and high rise buildings. Arnold De Silva, Head of Construction Chemicals, ASEAN, says: "With MasterEase®, one of our most advanced and globally endorsed products, BASF can help to support the rapidly growing construction industry with more sustainable concrete production."
About the technology
The new technology improves the rheological properties of concrete and reduces the concrete viscosity by up to 30 percent. It significantly facilitates concrete pumping, placing and finishing that help to realize time and cost saving in every construction project. It further enables concrete mixes with reduced CO2 footprint which are otherwise often difficult to process. For example, high-strength concrete with low water/cement ratios, and mixes with higher levels of secondary cementitious materials (SCMs) to reduce the CO2 footprint.
As innovation is an important driver for long-term growth, BASF collaborates with the customers to continuously work on new products and solutions as well as innovative technologies. BASF is offering MasterEase® in Nha Trang to support the customers in overcoming construction challenges and to successfully realize their projects.
Challenges for concrete users today
Today, modern concrete mixes are often optimised for sustainability. To this end, a significant amount of cement is frequently exchanged for alternative materials like fly ash or blast furnace slag. In comparison to conventional mixes, this often leads to a rigid concrete mix with poor workability. As a result, there will be significant problems when pumping and placing the concrete on site.
Suitable sand is also in short supply in many countries. For environmental reasons, there are more and more restrictions on new approvals for the extraction of natural sand resources. The remaining sand often leads to concrete that is quite challenging in terms of its rheological properties.
All these problems can be reduced with MasterEase® as this admixture enables a higher usage of manufactured sand, therefore increasing the use of SCMs which results in lowered environmental impact.
Benefits for users in Nha Trang and Vietnam
Concrete producers and users will benefit in many ways from the new technology, which is flexible and can be adapted to challenging situations such as temperature and material variations. It is particularly suitable for concrete mixes which are designed and optimized for advanced engineering properties and sustainability.
One of the major projects in Vietnam where MasterEase® has been involved is Landmark 81, a 461 meters skyscraper which set to be the tallest building in Vietnam upon completion in 2018. The construction adopted a sustainable concrete mix design with considerable use of fly ash and slag while maintaining the desired workability and high strength. As a result, substantial savings in concrete material costs and lowered environmental impact. Through this massive project, MasterEase® has proven its outstanding performance while contributing to sustainable construction in Vietnam.
Other notable projects in Vietnam using MasterEase® include the Cocobay Resort in Da Nang as well as Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway and upcoming Hilton Hotel Tower Saigon (HCMC).
About the Construction Chemicals division
BASF's Construction Chemicals division offers advanced chemical solutions under the global umbrella brand Master Builders Solutions for the construction, maintenance, repair and renovation of structures. The brand is built on more than 100 years of experience in the construction industry. Our comprehensive portfolio encompasses concrete admixtures, cement additives, chemical solutions for underground construction, waterproofing systems, sealants, concrete repair & protection systems, performance grouts, performance flooring systems, tile-fixing systems, expansion joints & control systems and wood protection solutions.
The Construction Chemicals division's approximately 6,500 employees form a global community of building experts. To solve our customers' specific construction challenges from conception through to completion of a project, we draw on our specialist know-how, regional expertise and the experience gained in countless constructions projects worldwide. We leverage global BASF technologies and our in-depth knowledge of local building needs to develop innovations that help make our customers more successful and drive sustainable construction.
The division operates production sites and sales offices in more than 60 countries and achieved sales of about €2.4 billion in 2017.
About BASF Vietnam
BASF has been active in Vietnam since the establishment of its representative office in 1994. BASF Vietnam Limited was set up in 2009. The company has two production sites for construction chemicals, located at Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park, Binh Duong province and Van Trung Industrial Park, Bac Giang province. BASF Vietnam also maintains three sales offices in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang. It provides a wide range of products, including plastics, petrochemicals, construction chemicals, fine chemicals, performance chemicals, paper chemicals, crop protection, etc. BASF sales to customers in Vietnam were approximately €328 million in 2017. BASF employed 161 people in Vietnam as of the end of 2017.
Further information on BASF in Vietnam is available at www.basf.com/vn.