Master Builders Solutions participates in research project of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

• Joint research project "ReCyCONtrol" to increase the use of recycled concrete
• Development of highly effective admixtures for resource-conserving concretes with recycled aggregates

Mannheim, Germany, July 26, 2021 – The greatest challenges facing the construction industry are the reduction of CO2 emissions and the increasing scarcity of raw materials. Both challenges will be adressed through the joint research project “ReCyCONtrol – Self-learning control technologies for the automated production of robust resource conserving concretes – key to the comprehensive utilization of mineral material flows”. The project receives funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is coordinated by the Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. The experts from Master Builders Solutions® are part of the projectteam as specialists for concrete admixtures.

The goal of “ReCyCONtrol” is to produce robust and versatile concretes using recycled aggregates. Waste materials, the basis of recyceled aggregates, are available in large quantities and have so far only been used to a limited extent in building construction. As part of the automated production process of concrete using recycled materials, innovative sensor and self-learning control technologies are supposed to detect quality fluctuations in the concrete mix and automatically compensate variations by adjusting the formulation. This enables more accurate production, avoids rejects, saves natural aggregates and reduces the amount of cement required. This ensures both consistent high quality concrete and cost-effectiveness. Used on a broad basis, natural resources can be conserved and CO2 emissions reduced.

As part of the joint research project, Master Builders Solutions owns the task of developing highly effective conrete admixtures for resource-conserving concretes using recycled aggregates. To this effect, Master Builders Solutions is providing resources and know-how at its global research and development center in Trostberg, Germany. Involving experts with different fields of expertise in the industry, such as plant engineering and sensor technology, is crucial to the success of the project. “The ReCyCONtrol project marks an important step towards the circular economy,” emphasizes Dr. Oliver Mazanec, Head of Product Management Europe at Master Builders Solutions. “We see great potential especially in the construction industry and in particular in concrete, the most widely used building material worldwide.”

Innovative admixture technologies for resource-efficient concretes

With MasterSuna, Master Builders Solutions has already developed a number of solutions for a more sustainable use of resources for concrete production. The innovative superplasticizer facilitates the utilization of previously unsuitable sand grades and recycled aggregates for the production of standard concretes. The typical challengesof maintaining product consistency can be compensated for in a targeted manner. In combination with other admixtures, MasterSuna enables the production of high-quality concretes for demanding applications using local, clayey sands or recycled aggregates. “Our research and development generally attaches great importance to sustainability aspects,” says Dr. Oliver Mazanec. “Therefore, we are particularly pleased about our involvementin the ReCyCONtrol project and hope to set another milestone in this field together with our highly motivated partners.”

Further information on the joint research project can be found here: https://www.uni-hannover.de/en/universitaet/aktuelles/online-aktuell/details/news/bmbf-foerdert-verbundforschungsprojekt-an-der-leibniz-universitaet-hannover-mit-vier-millionen-euro/
More information on the Master Builders Solutions products can be found here: www.master-builders-solutions.com

About Master Builders Solutions
Under the global umbrella brand Master Builders Solutions®, we offer advanced chemical 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, and performance flooring systems as well as solutions for on- and offshore wind energy. 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 technologies and our in-depth knowledge of local building needs to develop innovations that help make our customers more successful and drive sustainable construction. We operate production sites and sales offices in more than 60 countries.


About MBCC Group
The MBCC Group is one of the leading suppliers of construction chemicals and solutions worldwide and has emerged from the carve-out of the former BASF Construction Chemicals business from BASF Group. We offer innovative and sustainable products and solutions for the construction industry across different sectors, such as buildings, structures, underground construction, new construction, as well as for renovation. Our strong brands Master Builders Solutions®, PCI®, Thermotek®, Wolman®, Colorbiotics® and Watson Bowman Acme® are well established in the marketplace. With our innovations, we address sustainability challenges in the industry. MBCC Group consists of approximately 70 legal entities worldwide and is home to around 7,500 construction experts in over 60 countries.
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