The industrial division of Savannah Fine Chemicals is making its mark in the construction industry with an innovative range of additives. It imports raw materials and distributes them to manufacturers who incorporate these additives into their products.
While Savannah Fine Chemicals is renowned for its expertise in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food ingredients, its industrial division has expanded its portfolio to cater to the construction sector. The company imports a range of essential materials, including redispersible polymers and liquid polymer emulsions from a global manufacturer based in Istanbul. “The unique chemistry used in the manufacturing process sets Savannah apart from competitors and offers distinct advantages in terms of water repellency, resistance, and hydrophobicity, particularly in waterproofing applications,” explains account manager Desiree Maritz, at the Big 5 Construct exhibition. She explains that in respect of liquid dispersions “we offer products with various technologies such as Silanated Styrene Acrylics, Styrene Acrylics, Alkali Swellable Emulsions and hydrphobicallymodified Swellable Emulsions”.
Savannah Additives does not sell its products directly to end-users but works closely with manufacturers to ensure the integration of their additives into various construction materials. Their additives contribute to the formulation of robust and durable construction materials, enhancing their performance and longevity. This is all propelled by research and development facilities staffed by a team of 85 chemists. This commitment to innovation and product development ensures that Savannah Additives can offer cutting-edge solutions to the construction industry, says Maritz.
“Additives play a crucial role in enhancing the properties of various construction products. Our portfolio focuses on redispersible polymers and cellulose ethers, which provide flexibility, strength, and improved adhesion. These additives offer a wide range of benefits, including increased initial adhesion, product strength, and specific application properties. The unique rheology of the cellulose-based additives optimises the performance of construction materials during application and concrete’s curing processes.
Introducing new additives to the market is not always a straightforward process. “Many manufacturers are accustomed to using traditional technologies that have served them well for years. Convincing them to embrace new solutions can be challenging. However, Savannah has gradually gained the trust of customers by proving the efficacy of our additives through rigorous testing and showcasing successful results. As our products become more established, they have become a trusted source for high-performing additives in the construction industry,” she adds.
“We bring a fresh perspective to the construction industry by offering innovative additives. Our diverse portfolio of imported materials is focused on quality and performance. Through collaborative distribution with manufacturers, we achieve the integration of their additives into various construction products, enhancing their strength, durability, and overall performance.”