Russia's TechnoNICOL opens concrete additives plant

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TechnoNICOL Corp, the Russian construction materials manufacturer, has recently opened a new plant to produce high-tech concrete additives at Voskresensk in the Moscow region.

The €1.72m investment involved the installation of high-precision equipment enabling the manufacture of European quality end products. Following international trends, the facility employs advanced polycarboxylate esters to reduce cement consumption and obtain quality concretes with high technical properties.

The new Voskresensk facility is capable of turning out up to 80,000tpa of finished additive products a year.

“TechnoNICOL systematically develops new directions of business. Currently, we are concentrating on those segments where the share of foreign producers is still high. In particular, we are interested in the construction chemistry segment.

“We expect to become an important player on the international construction chemistry market, both by launching new enterprises and considering the possibility of acquisition of plants abroad,” forecast TechnoNICOL Corp. president Sergey Kolesnikov in a statement.

Meanwhile, the group which also produces different forms of building insulation material, announced it has turned out its 15 millionth cubic metre of extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam panels. The company began to produce the material a decade ago.

“A comparatively small team of about 500 people managed to produce the quantity of XPS, which would be enough to build a road from the Earth to the Moon with a length of 400,000 kms.,” commented TechnoNICOL polymeric insulation division director Alexey Kasimov.

A leading European producer of XPS, Moscow-based TechnoNICOL manufactures the material at eight plants in different regions of the Russian Federation. The firm exports the product to many countries.

 Its product portfolio includes more than 40 varieties of XPS aimed at a wide range of applications of differing scale, from protection of airstrips and highways to insulation of building facades, foundations and roofs in low-rise construction, the corporation said.

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