Only with dispersible polymer powders can such self-leveling compounds greatly simplify all types of flooring work: irregularities can be smoothed out and a hard-wearing base created in a single operation. “That not only yields a better quality floor surface, but also improves its resilience and adhesion,” explains WACKER manager Fagundes. Additionally, less material is needed and drying times are shortened. The material is thinner and hardens faster - so the floor can be walked on sooner.
The smooth architectural concrete galleries of the Beira-Rio stadium are but one example of the many ways in which advanced building technologies benefit building execution and quality. As the various economies of the world become increasingly globalized, more and more buildings are springing up everywhere. Annual global construction activity is set to increase to 15 trillion US dollars by 2025, up by more than 70 percent. Especially in the emerging economies of Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia, demand for high-quality construction chemicals is surging – it was these products that made modern construction technologies possible in the first place, one example being the use of polymeric binders to modify dry-mix mortars.
The global potential for WACKER’s VINNAPAS® product line is thus enormous: “About 80 percent of the dry-mix mortar on the global market is still unmodified,” says Dr. Christoph Riemer, head of the Construction Polymers Business Unit at WACKER. “In many regions, and particularly in growth markets, building specialists have only just begun to familiarize themselves with the benefits of polymer-modified dry-mix mortars. And consequently, we have optimized our global offerings.”