The Construction Chemicals Market

December 20, 2012

Coatings World takes a look at the latest products and news from the construction chemicals market.

According to a recent study from market research firm, The Freedonia Group,  U.S. on-site construction chemical demand will rise 3.4 percent annually through 2013. Gains will be driven by a rebound in the housing market, a shift to higher value products and solid home improvement and repair spending. Caulks and adhesives will surpass protective coatings and sealers as the largest product segment by 2013. Freedonia estimates the U.S. construction chemical industry is valued at $7.7 billion.

Carboline Company recently broke ground on a new 100,000 square foot storage and distribution facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The facility will be located in close proximity to one of Carboline’s largest manufacturing facilities.

Construction on the new facility is expected to be complete in the spring of 2013. Once open, the new facility will be utilized as a key component in Carboline’s growing service and support plan. While the facility will be used as a storage location for material in the manufacturing process, its primary use will be as a finished goods distribution center.
“This warehousing space will allow us to optimize the restocking process for our over 30 U.S. service centers” said Bruce Hammersla, vice president of operations at Carboline Company. Carboline’s expectations are for this facility to become another key ingredient in providing industry leading service and support to its customers.

“We are excited about the opportunity a facility of this nature provides us,” said Randy Roth vice president of sales for the U.S. and Mexico. “We pride ourselves in meeting the ever changing and ever growing demands of our customers, and this facility is being created with that in mind.”

The global construction chemicals market appears to be growing as well, with BASF’s Construction Chemicals division opening new centers in Canada and Russia.
BASF’s Construction Chemicals division recently opened its new Construction Center in Toronto, Ontario.

“The new BASF Construction Center will service the greater Toronto area and the Canadian marketplace and will continue to build on BASF’s leadership position and commitment to providing product and system solutions to solve even the most demanding jobsite challenges in the construction industry,” said John Salvatore, head of BASF Construction Chemicals Americas.

The new BASF Construction Center offers on-site customer service and support, manufacturing and warehousing capabilities, and is centrally located. Additional benefits include increased service to the Canadian marketplace and enhanced distribution and logistics to deliver products on time.

“Our Wall Systems business will offer a complete product line to meet the needs of the professional contractor in the Canadian construction market,” said Bill Kasik, head of BASF’s Wall Systems business. “This offering includes all exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) components, custom color matching and tint capability, local delivery service and a hands-on classroom and training facility.”
The BASF Construction Center will feature a full line of products from the Construction Chemicals division.

“With the opening of the Construction Center, we are reinforcing our commitment to serving the needs of construction professionals in the Canadian marketplace,” said Brian Denys, head of BASF’s Construction Systems business.

BASF has opened its first production plant for concrete admixtures in Russia located at its existing site in the Podolsk District of the Moscow Region. With this new production facility BASF will serve its customers in the Russian construction industry with a wide range of concrete admixtures.

“Russia as an emerging market is very attractive for us,” said Tilman Krauch, head of BASF’s Construction Chemicals division. “We expect the Russian 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.”

The size of the Russian market for concrete admixtures is approximately €140 million annually. The BASF portfolio of admixtures produced locally at Podolsk will comprise 30 different admixture types including the latest generation products based on polycarboxylic ether (PCE) technology. Among them are Glenium superplasticizers improving the flowability of fresh concrete as well as the strength and durability of the final concrete structures for RheoMatrix admixtures giving self-compacting properties to concrete.

“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,” said Sergey Vetlov, general director of OOO BASF Stroitelnye Sistemy. “This results in an ever-increasing demand for BASF admixtures providing a good reason to start local production in Russia.”

RPM International Inc. has acquired Viapol Ltda. (Viapol), a leading Brazilian manufacturer and marketer of building materials and construction products.  Based in Cacapava, Brazil, near Sao Paulo, Viapol has annual sales of approximately $85 million.  Terms of the transaction, which is expected to be accretive to earnings after year one, were not disclosed.

Viapol, which was founded in 1990, will become part of The Euclid Chemical Group, a unit of RPM’s Building Solutions Group that serves construction and rehabilitation markets worldwide.  Viapol’s products include rolled asphalt roofing materials, waterproofing products, concrete admixtures, industrial epoxy flooring systems, structural recovery products and retail paints, varnishes and stains. The company has more than 300 employees, nearly 125 independent sales representatives and two ISO 9000 certified manufacturing facilities in Brazil.

“The acquisition of Viapol establishes a substantial footprint for RPM and our many industrial and consumer businesses in the exciting Brazilian market, which is the largest economy in South America, and now the sixth largest economy in the world,” said Frank C. Sullivan, RPM chairman and chief executive officer. “As part of RPM, we expect that Viapol will build on many of our current technologies, enabling it to introduce new products, while leveraging its existing customer base for additional growth opportunities. We look forward to having the Viapol management team, led by Ariovaldo Jose Torelli and Alexandre Racz, join RPM.”

RPM International Inc.’s  Rust-Oleum Group has acquired Synta Inc., a producer and marketer of exterior wood deck and concrete restoration systems. Based in Clarkston, Georgia, Synta’s annual sales are anticipated to exceed $40 million in the first year. Terms of the transaction, which is expected to be accretive to earnings within one year, were not disclosed.

Synta’s  Deck Restore and Concrete Restore brand products offer consumers the opportunity to extend the life of weathered outdoor wooden decks and concrete surfaces well beyond the performance of conventional stains, paints and sealers. They are widely available at leading nationwide home centers and other home improvement retailers. Additionally, Synta offers a line of arts and craft coatings under the Anita’s brand, and a recently introduced line of specialty coatings under the MyColor by Pantone brand.
The Building Systems business of BASF’s Construction Chemicals Division has introduced Mastertop VB 240 FS, a moisture mitigation solution for use with resinous flooring systems. Mastertop VB 240 FS can be used in conjunction with BASF flooring systems such as Selby and SRS to provide durable flooring to meet the needs of the most demanding environments.

Specially engineered for use with resinous floor coatings. Mastertop VB 240 FS features rapid curing for improved installation time and process throughput. Mastertop VB 240 FS is a high performance epoxy coatings that bonds aggressively to concrete while providing superior moisture vapor protection for long lasting floor installations.
Mastertop VB 240 SF joins BASF’s comprehensive Performance Flooring product offering. As a one coat, one to one ratio system, Mastertop VB 240 VS will help reduce labor, material and rework costs. It is rapid curing and allows flooring to be installed in as little as three hours, minimizing facility downtime. The product is 100% solids, providing a VOC free formulation.

BASF has also developed a highly flexible one component membrane for waterproofing and concrete protection for the European market. Masterseal 6100 FX is a lightweight, rapid-curing cementitious membrane used for internal and external applications as a waterproof lining for water retaining structures, to protect concrete surfaces from carbonation and chloride attacks. Its composition makes Masterseal 6100 FX the right membrane for areas constantly submerged in water and basements. It protects concrete surfaces from chlorides and carbonization.
Based on its formulation and the use of powdery polymers, a pack of 15 kg of Masterseal 610 FX can be substituted for a 25 kg pack of comparable two-component products, which usually also require 10 liters of liquid polymers. Thus, the need for storage space as well as the amount of waste package material and the cost of transporation will be reduced, according to the company.

Carboline Company has introduced Polyclad 975, an advanced 100% solids epoxy pipeline coating with performance properties designed for corrosion protection of buried steel and ductile iron pipeline exteriors, girth welds or tie-ins.

“We are very excited about this technology because it has excellent cathodic disbondment resistance making it ideal for long term protection needed for oil and gas pipelines” said Mitch Connor, senior market manager, Carboline Company. “Polyclad 975 is the latest technology in external corrosion protection for buried pipelines with fast curing, easy application, and unparalleled performance features” said Doug Moore, vice president of global marketing, Carboline Company.

Polyclad 975 epoxy technology can be applied by spray. The companion product Polyclad 975 H is ideal for hand application by brush or roller, according to the company. The fast setting properties result in quick quality control and return to service. This product is compatible with other pipe coatings such as FBE, coal tar and tape systems, and it also has excellent compatibility with cathodic protection. Cathodic disbondment was tested at temperatures up to 176°F (80°C) with excellent results. Polyclad 975 is an easy to apply system that can be used for field and shop applications. Its fast curing properties allows for quick quality control and backfill of coated pipes.

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