German chemical company BASF has commissioned its first manufacturing plant for concrete admixtures at its site in Podolsk, Moscow, Russia.
The new manufacturing facility is expected to help the company meet Russian construction market needs and provide its customers with a variety of concrete admixtures.
Tilman Krauch, BASF Construction Chemicals division head, said the company expects Russia's construction industry to grow annually by seven percent in the next three years.
"By investing into local production of our high-tech admixtures we can serve our customers in Russia even more effectively and flexibly," Krauch added.
The new concrete admixtures plant will produce 30 types of admixtures, based on polycarboxylic ether (PCE) technology.
Sergey Vetlov, OOO BASF Stroitelnye Sistemy general director, said construction companies in Russia are asking for more and more high-performance concrete to build projects in various climatic zones of Russia, from Vladivostok to Kaliningrad.
"This results in an ever-increasing demand for BASF admixtures providing a good reason to start local production in Russia," Vetlov added.
BASF said that the size of the Russian market for concrete admixtures is approximately €140m annually.
The company has been providing construction chemicals to the Russian market for ten years.
The other BASF production facilities in Russia include an automotive and industrial coatings plant, as well as polyurethane systems plant.
Image: The BASF main adminstrative building in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Photo courtesy of: Gewetz.