BASF opened a new production plant for concrete admixtures in Kazan, Russia. Together with the facility inaugurated in Podolsk near Moscow in 2012, BASF now supplies the Russian construction sector with a broad range of concrete admixtures from two production sites. This enables BASF to even better meet the specific requirements of its customers in the growing Russian market.
“Russia is an extremely attractive market for our business. We anticipate above‑average growth in the Russian construction industry in the coming years. Our investment in an additional production plant enables us to support our customers in Russia even more flexibly and efficiently,” said Dr. Tilman Krauch, head of BASF’s Construction Chemicals division.
At its Kazan site, BASF manufactures 20 varieties of concrete admixtures, including latest‑generation products based on polycarboxylate ether (PCE) technology. Production focuses on innovative admixtures for accelerated concrete curing and prolonged workability even at low temperatures. Specifically geared toward supporting the Russian construction sector, these admixtures can for example help to extend construction phases even during longer cold spells. When formulating admixtures, the BASF experts factor in the properties of the regional cement and other regional concrete raw materials, thereby providing their clients with tailored solutions. In addition, the concrete admixtures are specifically adjusted to their respective areas of application – which include ready‑mix concrete, precast concrete elements, road pavings, and manufactured concrete products such as paving stones. A dedicated laboratory ensures quality and analyzes raw materials and finished products locally.
Site location offers logistical advantages
“Our new production facility in Kazan enables us to supply highest‑grade European‑standard concrete admixtures to construction companies throughout the Russian Republic of Tatarstan and the entire Volga District,” said Sergey Vetlov, head of the Russian Construction Chemicals subsidiary of BASF, OOO BASF Stroitelnye Sistemy. Kazan is the economic center of a region with an excellent infrastructure. Also, Kazan’s central location facilitates a quicker and more flexible response to requests from Russia’s east. “Russian construction companies are increasingly asking for high‑performance concrete for the realization of projects across the country’s highly diverse climate zones from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok. Thus, the demand for admixtures from BASF is also on the rise. Excellent preconditions, now, in BASF Construction Chemicals Russia’s tenth year of operation, for establishing an additional production facility here,” Sergey Vetlov added.
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About the Construction Chemicals division
BASF’s Construction Chemicals division offers advanced chemicals solutions for new construction, maintenance, repair and renovation of structures: Our comprehensive portfolio encompasses c oncrete admixtures, cement additives, chemical solutions for underground construction, waterproofing systems, sealants, concrete repair & protection systems, performance grouts, performance flooring systems, tile fixing systems, expansion control systems and wood protection solutions. The Construction Chemicals division’s 6,400 employees form a global community of construction experts. To solve our customers’ specific construction challenges from conception through to completion of a project, we combine our know-how across areas of expertise and regions and draw on the experience gained in countless construction projects worldwide. We leverage global BASF technologies, as well as 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 centers in more than 60 countries and achieved sales of about €2.3 billion in 2012.