January 24, 2018

BASF Introduces Master X-Seed 55 Admixture

A revolutionary technology that increases concrete strength and durability

BEACHWOOD, OH, January 24, 2018 – In its ongoing leadership role in the concrete industry, BASF unveils Master X-Seed® 55, a first-of-its-kind strength-enhancing admixture that improves both early- and late-age strength development in concrete.

This unique technology is a stable suspension of synthetically produced crystalline calcium silicate hydrate (CSH) nanoparticles that facilitate the growth of CSH crystals between cement grains and improve the overall hydration of portland cement. The technology’s strength-enhancing property permits a reduction in the total cementitious material content of a given concrete mixture while maintaining the concrete’s compressive strength.

“Given the X-Seed technology’s widespread success in Europe since its 2009 launch, we worked to develop a unique formula specifically designed for North America,” said Chris Eagon, Product Manager for the Admixture Systems Business of BASF’s Construction Chemicals Division in North America. “Master X-Seed 55 admixture utilizes CSH nanoparticles, along with other technologies, to facilitate and improve strength development at all ages of the concrete.”

Master X-Seed 55 admixture allows concrete producers to expand the performance space of a given concrete mixture and optimize the cementitious content. In addition, this new specialty admixture provides a strength safety factor, permits earlier stripping of forms to improve production efficiency, and promotes sustainable construction. It is recommended for use in ready-mixed and precast concrete, Green Sense® Concrete (environmentally-preferred concrete) and Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC).
For additional information on Master X-Seed 55 admixture, the CSH nanoparticle technology or to locate a BASF representative, visit www.master-builders-solutions.basf.us.

About BASF

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 17,500 employees in North America, and had sales of $16.2 billion in 2016. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.us.

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 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 five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at www.basf.com.

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 6,000 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 €2.3 billion in 2016.