BASF introduces Master X-Seed® STE admixture for the concrete industry

  • A revolutionary technology that redefines concrete strength and durability
  • Expands concrete performance while reducing environmental impact

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – March 21, 2019 – BASF today launched an innovative strength-enhancing admixture solution for the construction industry, which significantly improves both early and late-age strength development in concrete. The new solution, Master X-Seed STE, also helps make production of concrete more efficient.

The concept originated from BASF's X-Seed, a unique seeding technology used to promote cement hydration and speed up concrete hardening. Master X-Seed STE further enhances concrete's strength development and performance characteristics.

"Specially formulated for Asia Pacific, Master X-Seed STE admixture utilizes calcium silicate hydrate (CSH) nanoparticles, along with other technologies (admixture solutions), to facilitate and improve strength development at all ages of the concrete," said Kiat Huat Seow, Regional Product Manager for the Admixture Systems BASF's Construction Chemicals in Asia Pacific.

"The previous Master X-Seed technology has had a lot of success in Europe, America and Asia since its launch in 2009. We continue to bring new innovations with this unique technology," he added. 

Master X-Seed STE enables the increased use of supplementary cementitious materials, thus helping to reduce carbon footprint associated with concrete production.

Mr. Goh Eng Leong, Managing Director of BASF (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and Head of Malaysia-Singapore Business Area for BASF, said, "The construction industry in Malaysia is an important market for BASF and sustainable construction technologies and solutions are crucial for the country's future. As a long-term partner with Malaysia, BASF can help to address these challenges with our solutions and technologies."

Master X-Seed STE admixture allows concrete producers to expand the performance space of a given concrete mixture and optimize the cementitious content, by permitting a strength safety factor up to 15%. This allows earlier stripping of forms to improve production efficiency. It is recommended for use in ready-mixed and precast concrete and Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC).

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 7,000 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 €2.5 billion in 2018.  

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The more than 122,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of more than €63 billion in 2018. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at www.basf.com.


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