NPCA PROJECTS 6 PERCENT SHIPMENT GROWTH AS PUBLIC WORKS MARKET INCHES BACK

Based on data from its recently released Precast Industry Benchmarking Report and leading forecasters, National Precast Concrete Association sees U.S. producers’ business increasing this year to $16.8 billion from $15.9 billion in 2013, the 6 percent gain modest against higher overall construction growth in 2014.

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Portable steam generator

Sioux Portable steam generator

Steam-Flo series models offer a reliable, economical, portable source of low-pressure steam. The generators suit accelerated curing processes in precast concrete operations and heating aggregates for ready mixed concrete operations. Joining the series is the SF-50, the company’s largest steam generator.

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Rheology modifier, anti-settling agent suits zero slump to SCC mixes

To meet demand for precast concrete with smooth surface, uniform matrix and high performance characteristics, Active Minerals Intl. has developed Acti-Gel 208, a mineral based additive suited to self-consolidating and zero slump mixes. As a low-dose rheology modifier and anti-settling agent, it provides aggregate suspension, stabilizes mixtures, and improves workability, flowability, and pumpability throughout fabrication of wet cast and dry cast products.

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