Place

Argos; plants Bogota, Medellin, Barranquilla, Cartagena and Cali, Colombia

Project

Paste volume optimized concrete with Sika ViscoCrete technology

Goal

Cost optimisation of concrete recipes in all main plants of Argos in Colombia by improving the sustainability profile of the concrete

Activities

  • Reduction of paste content (water, cement) in all recipes by unchanged fresh- and hardened concrete properties concrete
  • Extensive joint laboratory trials and field testing program with Argos
  • Professional support and assistance in the production plants during testing and introduction phase
  • Introduction of paste volume optimization program in all main concrete plants in Colombia
  • Quantification of sustainability performance of optimized concrete systems by assessing Argos annual energy and carbon savings from Sika’s concrete paste optimization program

Results

  • Significant reduction of cement and water content per m3 concrete by 17%
  • Reduction of Argos annual Carbon Footprint by 109,000 tons of CO2
  • Reduction of Argos annual primary energy demand by 9.7 million liters oil
  • Proven competence and capability to provide tailor-made best solutions and services
  • Creation of a local reference and strong argumentation for potential future projects