Water-Repellent Admixtures aid concrete product production.

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Suited for light swipe (RheoFIT(TM) 900) and moderate to heavy swipe (RheoFIT 900 S), plasticizing admixtures enhance production efficiency and aesthetic appeal of manufactured concrete products. They exceed traditional plasticizing chemistries by dispersing cement, pozzolans, and integral pigments. Also, both versions reduce compaction resistance while optimizing compressive and flexural strengths. Surface finish characteristics are improved as well, via reduced breakage and culls.



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BASF Introduces RheoFIT(TM) 900 Plasticizing, Water-Repellent Admixtures



Innovative, patent-pending product available for light, moderate and heavy swipe

CLEVELAND, OH, February 27, 2009 -- The Admixture Systems business of BASF Construction Chemicals has developed the RheoFIT 900 line of plasticizing admixtures, which are specially formulated to enhance the production efficiency and aesthetic appeal of manufactured concrete products. When used in combination with Rheopel® Plus water-repellent efflorescence-control admixture from BASF, the unique system of products can provide additional benefits and cost savings.

The RheoFIT line includes RheoFIT 900 for light swipe and RheoFIT 900 S for moderate to heavy swipe, addressing any swipe need. These admixtures go beyond traditional plasticizing chemistries by dispersing cement, pozzolans and integral pigments, and by reducing compaction resistance and improving material feed and distribution.

As a result, both RheoFIT 900 and RheoFIT 900 S increase production rates and compressive and flexural strengths, and improve surface finish characteristics through reduced breakage and culls and improved color and texture. They are ideal for use in applications including concrete block, concrete pavers, segmental retaining walls, hollow-core slabs, concrete pipe and concrete roof tiles.

When the RheoFIT admixtures are used in combination with Rheopel Plus admixture, additional efflorescence control, strength, density, and absorption will be experienced. In addition, color loadings can be reduced, often by 10 to 12 percent.

"The revolutionary RheoFIT 900 products allow concrete masonry producers to achieve greater efficiency through the products' high degree of predictability, wide window of operation, and high production rates," said Kenneth Kruse, Industry Manager, Manufactured Concrete Products, BASF. "In addition, the synergies that can be achieved when combined with Rheopel Plus admixture are extremely beneficial from both a performance and cost perspective."

For more information about RheoFIT 900 and RheoFIT 900 S plasticizing admixtures from BASF, visit us on the web at www.masterbuilders.com.

BASF's Construction Chemicals division is the leading supplier of chemical systems and formulations for the construction industry. Continuous innovation and tailor-made solutions ensure its customers are more successful. Its Admixture Systems business unit specifically helps customers in the ready-mix, precast, manufactured concrete and underground construction industries. The Construction Systems unit offers a wide range of products for sports and industrial flooring, external renders and wall insulation, expansion joints, wood preservatives as well as specialist repair mortars, tile adhesives and waterproofing membranes. The division operates production sites and sales centers in more than 50 countries and achieved sales of 2.2 billion with approximately 7,500 employees in 2006.

For more information contact:

Nora Linscheid
BASF Construction Chemicals
Tel: 216-839-7800
E-mail:
Nora.Linscheid@basf.com

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BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 15,000 employees in North America, and had sales of approximately $17.5 billion in 2008. For more information about BASF's North American operations, or to sign up to receive news releases by e-mail, visit www.basf.com/usa.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals, as well as oil and gas. As a reliable partner, BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges, such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF has approximately 97,000 employees and posted sales of more than 62 billion in 2008. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.

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