Solid distribution deal for concrete admixtures specialist

Bradford-based Oscrete Construction Products has signed an agreement with Austrian-based Newchem to become its sole UK distributor.

It means Oscrete will carry the full range of products developed and marketed by Newchem.

Headed by construction industry chemist and CEO Denis Bezard, Newchem already works with a supply network that offers concrete additives to construction companies across Europe.

Ralph Schelp, Newchem sales manager, said: “In the UK, we were keen to team up with a business that could offer technical support for our products.

“Oscrete has the expertise and technical knowhow to advise customers on how to achieve maximum benefits from our product range, which was a crucial requirement for us.”

As well as in-house development, Newchem works with a number of European Universities to research and grow its product offerings.

This has led to Newchem materials being used in large scale infrastructure projects throughout the world.

Duncan Owen, divisional manager at Oscrete, said: “The use of supplementary cementing materials (SCM) is becoming increasing popular in the construction industry and these Newchem products are an excellent addition to our portfolio.

“Most SCMs available are by-products of other industrial processes which leads to inconsistencies in both colour and performance.

“Newchem’s Pozzolanic additives, in the form of Metakaolin, are manufactured products, produced to high tolerances and offer many benefits when used in cementitious materials.

“In addition to Metakaolins, Newchem have developed a portfolio of anti-shrink additives to combat stress cracking in all types of concrete.”

Oscrete is continuing to work on new product development at its lab in Bradford. It notes the addition of the Newchem additives further develops the range of innovative products it can offer across the UK.