BASF Construction Chemicals

BASF: The Chemical Company

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company. With more than 112,000 employees, six Verbund sites and 376 production sites we serve customers and partners worldwide. BASF’s portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas.


The Division for the Construction Industry

The BASF Construction Chemicals division offers advanced chemicals solutions for new construction, maintenance, repair and renovation of structures. As a leading provider of raw materials, systems and finish products to the construction industry, BASF supplies economically and ecologically sound solutions that facilitate high-quality construction. The Construction Chemicals Division operates production sites and sales centers in more than 50 countries, has achieved sales of about €2.1 billion in 2013, and is formed by a global community of 5,700 construction experts.


BASF is recognized as the global leader in the field of Admixture Systems and has been working closely with customers for over a century to provide intelligent solutions for every stage of the construction cycle. The Admixture Systems business specifically helps customers in the ready-mix, precast and manufactured concrete products.

Admixture Systems from Master Builders Solutions have been the leading driver of the concrete industry through several innovation cycles, while creating breakthroughs with state-of-the-art technology such as MasterGlenium.

We have developed innovative products for various concrete applications, including high-strength concrete, self-compacting concrete, durable concrete, waterproof concrete and a host of other solutions to meet market needs With our innovative product range, concrete becomes easier to place and finish. This allows a continuous and efficient construction process in high temperatures. Additionally, admixtures are able to accelerate or delay the hardening of concrete and increase final strength and durability.

We address key issues for the construction industry in:


Our state-of-the-art admixtures-MasterGlenium, MasterPolyheed and MasterRheobuild-have unique water-reducing properties and allow the use of optimized quantities of supplementary cementitious materials (e.g. slag,fly ash,micro silica.) These help in achieving greater durability for critical structures through reduction of permeability, water absorption and resistance to chloride and sulphate attack. Appropriate admixture specialties such as MasterLife range further enhance the durability of concrete.


MasterGlenium or MasterPolyheed in combination with MasterMatrix can be used effectively to produce self-compacting concrete that eliminates the need for vibration and reduces manpower, while achieving high- quality concrete with an excellent finish. Our capabilities to bring innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the concrete industry makes BASF the ideal partner for producers and designers alike.

Waterproofing Solutions

One of the most critical challenges facing concrete structures today is moisture penetration. Interior or exterior, above or below grade, unprotected structures suffer from water-induced damage, including deterioration and corrosion caused by alkalis, salts, acids and mold. Liquid-applied high performance membranes and cementitious coatings offer long-lasting protection against the most damaging conditions.

Our waterproofing portfolio includes cementitious-based polymer-modified waterproofing products and PVC membranes. BASF’s knowledge of polyurethane and polyurea chemistry has created MasterSeal flexible and tough spray applied membrane systems. Spray applied and very fast curing means that the structure can be waterproofed quickly thus speeding up construction.

MasterSeal systems have the benefit of being cold applied, avoiding the odor and fire risk of hot works, and are ideal for vertical surfaces due to its easy application also in complex surfaces.

Our specific solutions are ideal for water management structures such as reservoirs, dams and wastewater and desalination plants, and they also deliver an excellent performance in underground construction, car parks, roofing and building structures.

These solutions help increasing efficiency and saving resources with the following:

  • Managing water scarcity while water demand is increasing.
    Waterproofing saves water by preventing losses due to leaks
  • Protecting the environment through sustainability
    Waterproofing in infrastructure and industry prevents pollution of ground water
  • Improving health
    Safe potable water supply with certified waterproofing membranes
  • Preventing obliteration of dry region
    Waterproofing of irrigation channels safeguards water supply
  • Conserving public and private assets
    Waterproofing protects valuable assets from water damage and consequential loss.

Performance Flooring Solutions

BASF develops and markets durable and attractive industrial and commercial flooring using cementitious, epoxy and polyurethane resin technologies. Our competence in flooring and protective coatings is based on many years experience gained across the world in a variety of climatic and specified, manufactured and supplied millions of square meters of performance flooring globally for an international client base.

Our MasterTop product range offers cementitious, epoxy and polyurethane-based flooring systems for decorative or industrial use. The MasterTop cementitious floors applied at the time of concrete installation are ideal for situations where the floor will be subject to high traffic loads or abrasive environments.

The MasterTop epoxy floor range includes general purpose to highly chemically resistant floors for industrial environments. The MasterTop polyurethane range includes decorative and durable architectural and commercial flooring systems with choice of color, texture and performance properties. MasterTop DTZ is a hard wearing highly decorative epoxy terrazzo floor covering used in public space areas subject to high volumes of rolling wheels and foot traffic. It provides the ultimate in low maintenance and durability, typically lasting the life of the structure. It is composed of zero VOC naturally occurring aggregates, recycled glass and an epoxy binder, utilizing wherever possible locally sourced materials.

BASF’s world leading Ucrete floors are the choice of the chemical and food and beverage manufacturers worldwide due to their high resistance to chemicals, heat and superior wear characteristics. Ucrete, a heavy duty polyurethane cement hybrid has superior chemical resistance and being water based can be applied onto damp substrates. Their fast curing characteristics and ability to be disinfected to the same level as stainless steel has made them the floor of choice for food manufactures globally. MasterTop and Ucrete are acknowledged internationally as the benchmark for industrial flooring systems.

Construction Chemicals:

  • Epoxy Flooring
  • Waterproofing
  • Joint Sealant Service

Client:  Commercial Bank Of Ethiopia
Product:  MasterTop 1210CP
Area:  6,200 m2
Location:  Ledeta, Addis Ababa

Client: Commercial Bank Of Ethiopia
Product: MasterTop 1210CP
Area: 2,300 m2
Location: Megenagna, Addis Ababa

Client:  Almeda Textile
Product: MasterTop 1210CP
Area: 20,000 m2
Location: Adawa, Ethiopia

Client: Sheba Shoe Factory
Product: MasterTop 1210CP
Area: 7,000 m2
Location: Wukro, Tigray

Client: Ethiopian Airports Enterprise
Product: MasterTop 1230Plus
Area: 6,000 m2
Location: Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa

Client: Unilever
Product: MasterTop 1230Plus
Area: 3,200 m2
Location: Dukem Industrial Zone

Client: Bahir Dar Textile
Product: MasterTop 1230Plus
Area: 5,300 m2
Location: Bahir Dar

Client: Africa Insurance
Product: MasterTop 1210CP
Area: 6,300 m2
Location: Besrate Gabriel, Addis Ababa

Epoxy Flooring

  • Almeda Textiles
  • African Insurance Building Car Park
  • Bahir Dar Textiles
  • Bole Airport Domestic Terminal
  • Commercial Bank of Ethiopia
    (Megenagna & Ledeta Car Parks)
  • Sheba Shoe Factory
  • Unilever


  • African Union Grand Hotel Building
  • Commercial Bank of Ethiopia
    (Megenagna & Ledeta)
  • Black Lion Hospital
  • Gambella University
  • Federal Supreme Court Judges’ Apartments

Admixtures Systems

  • Yayu Fertilizer Factory
  • Black Lion Hospital Building
  • African Insurance Building
  • Addis Ababa City Water Reservoir
  • United Insurance Building
  • African Union Grand Hotel Building

Construction Chemicals

Oumer Abdulahi

  • Tel: +252 911 537968

Repair and Protection Systems

Master Builders Solutions has formulated a range of systems conforming to local and international standards that meet the rigorous demands of property Owners, contractors and the ever changing climatic conditions and environmental pollutants encountered during the construction and repair of concrete structures.

Our repair and protection solutions help extend concrete structure’s lifespan with safe and proven products that have been developed with the understanding of the chemistry behind the process of concrete degradation. The correct and timely maintenance of concrete structures is essential to guarantee they reach their designed lifespan. However, when deterioration does occur, a repair methodology should be applied taking into consideration both the environment and the causes of the damage to the structure.

Master Builders Solutions’ range of MasterEmaco repair mortars are formulated to resist cracking and to be compatible with the parent concrete of the structure. MasterEmaco products deliver excellent performance due to our understanding of the chemistry involved in the hardening of cementitious products and the incorporation of the latest advances in hydration control. BASF combines these advanced repair products with MasterProtect anti carbonation coatings, protective coatings and passive cathodic protection to create systems that help to reinstate the building’s original design characteristics and prevent further degradation. Our portfolio also includes sound solutions for rehabilitation of wharves, bridges, roads, tunnels, buildings as well as sewers and water retaining structures.

Master Builders Solutions Polymer based injection resin systems are designed for the repairing and sealing of cracks in concrete. Our MasterInject epoxy resins for structural crack repair are often used in conjunction with our MasterBrace or MasterEmaco products. The MasterInject polyurethane and MasterSeal acrylic injection resins are chosen for the control of active water infiltration and are used in conjunction with our MasterSeal waterproofing products.


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