BASF presents new concrete additives

BASF SE is presenting its broad portfolio of innovative solutions for the aerated concrete industry under its brand name of Master Builders Solutions. MasterCast allows faster and more efficient production. The benefit to the customers is a shorter pre-curing time. In the pre-curing phase of the production, the concrete is expanding and at the same time setting. The reduction in the water content of the concrete ensures shorter setting times. “Concrete additives from the MasterCast series for the production of autoclaved aerated concrete disperse the binder particles efficiently, allowing the water content of the fresh concrete to be significantly reduced,” said Nicoletta Zeminian, Segment Manager Manufactured Concrete at BASF.  Read More

By Dr Thunuguntla Jai Mangal Sinha: India is one of the fastest growing economies of the world. Though currently a significant slice of this growth is attributable to the services sector, the manufacturing sector has the potential to emerge as one of the high growth sectors in India. The latest report from the Centre for International Development at Harvard University (CID) states that India’s productive capabilities far exceed expectations for its current income level, which contributes to the projection of rapid growth for the coming decade. This growing demand witnessed across various segments of the manufacturing sector has led to a concomitant increase in the demand for raw materials.Read More

Hayward Flow Control announced the addition to its TC series true union ball check valve of natural Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) to its material offering. This extends the range of applications and services, covering higher temperature services, extreme corrosive media, and high purity systems. Typical applications or installations include, but are not limited to, water & wastewater treatment, clean water technology, chemical feed systens, chemical processing, mining and mineral processing, metal plating/surface finishing, marine, pulp & paper and other demanding processes. Read More


Zeon Corporation said that it will establish a new subsidiary in Thailand for acrylic rubber manufacture and sale. Zeon Chemicals Asia Co Ltd (tentative)will be located in the Rayong Province, Thailand. Acrylic rubber (ACM) is a speciality synthetic rubber combining high heat resistance and excellent oil resistance. ACM is broadly utilized in under-hood automotive applications such as transmission seals, gaskets as well as inter-cooler hoses. The demand for acrylic rubber is expected to expand steadily in the Asian region, led by production growth of internal combustion and turbocharged engine powered automobiles. Read More