abe® Construction Chemicals was founded in 1932 but started operations in 1939 in Durban as a supplier of bitumen to municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal. a.b.e.® has over the years grown in both size and diversity to become a major supplier of specialised construction products to the building, civil engineering and building maintenance industries, supplying products directly to customers through its branch network as well as through builders’ merchants and hardware stores.
a.b.e.® has manufacturing plants in Johannesburg (Boksburg) and Durban (Isipingo). Supported by a network of branches and distributors throughout South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands, a.b.e.® is ideally positioned to service its customers.
The a.b.e.® range of products falls into the following broad categories:
Self-Levelling Compound Pumpable (SLC P) Fast-Track Self-Levelling Screed. abe.®screed SLC P is a single pack, rapid hardening cement-based screed for levelling floors where the quick setting is essential. abe.®screed SLC P can be hand applied by trowel (0 – 20 mm) or can be pumped (4 – 20 mm). For pumped applications, an 8 mm average thickness would be a typical expectation on a reasonably level base. For fast track refurbishment and new construction where finishes such as carpets, ceramic tiles, vinyl, woodblock or cork need to be applied quickly. Used for smoothing floors in office buildings, dwellings, shops, public buildings, schools, hospitals and airports where a fast track, smooth underlay is required for the above finishes.
Tough Epoxy Paint abe.®cote 337 is a two component, solvent free, water-dispersed, polyamide cured epoxy.
a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals‘ range of waterproofing products and systems include specialised bituminous sheets, liquids, putties, cementitious based products and silanes. Bituminous sheet products are used to waterproof flat roofs, basement walls and to line earth dams and canals. Liquid systems and putties including acrylics, solvent-based bitumens and water-based rubberised acrylic modified bitumens which are used to seal parapet walls, small flat roofs, roof bolts, flashings and ponds. Cementitious slurry products are used to waterproof basements, foundations, tunnels, retaining walls, brickwalls and other underground structures. The silane systems are used to prevent water penetration of brick and natural stone.
Liquid waterproofing membrane abe.®proof liquid membrane is a single pack, solvent borne, rubberised, liquid applied waterproofing membrane that is highly elastic and durable, requiring low maintenance.
Decorative Concrete Solutions This brochure presents a range of solutions developed by CHRYSO in order to showcase for the decorative potential of concrete. Fashionable and versatile, concrete creates unique natural atmospheres. Used primarily for mechanical properties, it is also a material of choice for its aesthetic qualities. A comprehensive range of solutions for new projects or renovations, for residential, tertiary, or urban developments.
abe® Rustopak Red Penetrant Sealant is a low VOC penetrating liquid used in conjunction with abe® Rustopak Top Coat. It is a single component, specifically compounded system, bound together with a calcium sulfonated alkyd in an aliphatic hydrocarbon that is applied over surfaces with tightly adherent rust and also hard to reach areas such as crevices which are properly sealed off without the need of dismantling equipment.
abe® Rustopak Top Coat is a low VOC, active rust inhibitive sealant, for use as a single coat direct to metal (DTM) that does not have to be rust free. Tightly adhered rust on structural steel must be without contaminants like oil, grease, salt, etc.
abe® peel & stick membrane is a universal, self-adhesive waterproofing membrane comprising of a unique ethylene polymer modified bitumen, incorporating an exposed spunbond, non-woven, polypropylene fabric that is alkali resistant to receive cementitious and water based acrylic resin coatings and adhesive systems.
abe.®proof liquid membrane primer is a single pack, solvent borne, liquid primer applied to most building substrates, this would include: abe.®proof liquid membrane primer can be used to prime most building substrates typically: • Porous surfaces, deficient bituminous surfaces, wood as well as sound concrete and non-porous screeds • A surface conditioner to obtain optimum performance from the products applied as top coats
dura.®proof cem block is a powdered waterproofing admixture that when added to Portland cement plaster or mortar mixes obstructs the capillaries and restricts moisture movement.
abe® CEM-blanc is a general purpose white Portland cement, specially manufactured to provide superior early strength with the added advantage of providing a wide range of aesthetic and decorative opportunities due to its key features of whiteness, high strength and durability. In addition to affording great design and colour versatility, abe® CEM-blanc complies fully with the requirements specified in SANS 50197-1 for type CEM II 42.SN cement.
Two-component, solvent-free, filled, polyamide cured epoxy.
EPOXY SELF-LEVELLING FLOORING SYSTEM abe.®flo is a four-component solvent-free self-levelling flooring surface system. The system comprises a clear resin and hardener system, prepacked blended aggregate and a ready-for-use pigment paste.
abe.®screed dura.®Top is a single component, quick hardening, self-smoothing, shrinkage compensated cement based overlay for levelling floors.
a.b.e Segment Manual: Concrete Repair and Protection, General Construction, Flooring, Silicones, Sealants and Adhesives, Waterproofing, High Performance Coating Solutions
abe.dur S is a blend of very hard, high wearing natural aggregates, shrinkage compensated cement, free from metallic material, used to produce a hard wearing granolithic type floor.
dura.®flex is a ready to use flexible slurry based on a special synthetic resin dispersion and a blend of selected cements mixed with carefully graded aggregate.
a.b.e. Construction Chemicals product segments include concrete repair and protection, general construction, flooring, silicones, sealants and adhesives, waterproofing and high performance coating solutions…
a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals‘ range of specialised floor coatings are screeds based on bitumen, dry shake cementitious materials, self levelling cementitious screeds, epoxies and polyurethanes. Typical applications are the protection of concrete floors and screeds against wear from traffic abrasion, as well as a range of chemical and thermal shock requirements. Certain products can also be used to provide decorative floor finishes to car showrooms, hardware stores, supermarkets and other retail outlets.
dura.®proof cem block is a powdered waterproofing admixture that when added to Portland cement plaster or mortar mixes obstructs the capillaries and restricts moisture movement.
Waterproofing of court yard and water feature. abe.®Unigum dual reinforced is a robust and stable membrane due to the incorporation of two reinforcement materials; the membrane strength from the polyester and the stability from the fiberglass mat. abe.®Unigum dual reinforced bitumen waterproofing membranes possess excellent ageing resistance and dimensional stability making them suitable for solving the most difficult waterproofing problems on flat, sloping and pitched roofs, reinforced concrete, prefabricated concrete, masonry cement, metal or timber decks and terraces, with or without thermal insulation and for renovation purposes.
Waterproofing the roof of this datacentre with abe®Unigum 3mm and 4mm with super laycryl grey finish. abe®Unigum dual reinforced is a robust and stable membrane due to the incorporation of two reinforcement materials; the membrane strength from the polyester and the stability from the fiberglass mat. abe®Unigum dual reinforced bitumen waterproofing membranes possess excellent ageing resistance and dimensional stability making them suitable for solving the most difficult waterproofing problems on flat, sloping and pitched roofs, reinforced concrete, prefabricated concrete, masonry cement, metal or timber decks and terraces, with or without thermal insulation and for renovation purposes.
Waterproofing of the helicopter landing pad. abe Unigum is a reinforced polymer-bitumen waterproofing membrane ideal for waterproofing flat concrete decks in hot climatic conditions and is also suitable for sealing tanks, tunnels and dams. For the helipad, abe. Unigum was applied with an underlay of 3 mm followed by an overlay of 4mm
a.b.e.® supplied three different torch applied products, for the appropriate areas, abe® unigum 3 mm, abe® unigum 4 mm and abe® unigum 4.5 kg. Uses are basement tanking, piazza areas, planters, balconies, general roof areas and specialised insulated roof areas. dura.®flex cementitious flexible slurry is a ready-to-use, non-toxic slurry based on a special synthetic resin dispersion and a blend of selected cements mixed with graded aggregates. It has high bond strength, cures by itself, and can be brush, trowel or spray applied. It yields as much as 180 mm equivalent concrete cover to provide more protection to the concrete and its rebar content than offered by conventional waterproofing slurries.
Fidia P is a waterproofing membranes made of polymer modified bitumen which have been reinforced with a rot proof fabric and a strengthened fibreglass mat, therefore has excellent stability to different temperatures. The top face is covered with fine talc and the bottom face is embossed and lined with anti-adhesive film. Mineral versions are also produced on which the top face has slate granules. Whereas the Index VIS P is a waterproofing membrane made of polymer modified bitumen which is stabilized with a rot proof fabric / fibreglass composite reinforcing.
Install new waterproofing to all the horizontal and vertical areas around the 21-year-old tanks. Roof slabs, external tank walls, damp proof courses, door thresholds, and other ancillary areas. The areas were then primed with bitu.®prime, followed by a 4mm layer of Index Fidia P and 4mm layer of Index Testudo to the flat areas. The plinth and ramp areas were given an additional third layer for maximum protection. The 3 ply Malthoid was then applied as a protective layer prior to the sand and concrete paver slab installations. bitu.®prime is a bituminous sealer and primer for torch applied membranes. Index Fidia P membrane is manufactured from a compound of distilled bitumen and polymers, while Index Testudo is a high mechanical resistance, reinforced elasto-plastomeric polymer waterproofing membrane.
Structural glazing and weather sealing of a new building for Bowmans in the heart of the Sandton business district. The more than 70 000 linear meter of joints were sealed with Dow Corning 993, Structural Glazing Sealant which is a two-component, neutral curing silicone formulation specifically developed for the structural bonding of glass, metal and other building components. All joints were then sealed with Dow Corning 813C, which is a a one part, neutral curing, low modulus silicone sealant particularly suitable for interior and exterior applications, such as external weather seals, expansion joints and perimetral joints in buildings and other types of construction.
Structural glazing and weather sealing of a new apartment building for Cri Eagle Investments. The joints were sealed with Dow Corning 993, Structural Glazing Sealant which is a two-component, neutral curing silicone formulation specifically developed for the structural bonding of glass, metal and other building components. All joints were then sealed with Dow Corning 813C, which is a one- part, neutral curing, low modulus silicone sealant particularly suitable for interior and exterior applications, such as external weather seals, expansion joints and perimetral joints in buildings and other types of construction
3mm Thick Laminam ceramic panels on the facade of the building were bonded with Dow Corning 896 PanelFix. One-part, neutral curing alkoxy silicone sealant designed for non-glazed facade applications to structurally bond two substrates together.
Dow Corning 895 was chosen by the engineers due to the structural strength it provides, as well as the 15 year crack, craze and crumble warranty. The glass panels weighed between 100-200 kg. Furthermore, they were afixed to a newly fitted, powder coated aluminium up to 80o on the façade. Dow Corning 813C was used as a weatherseal on the façade, where high performance glass (NC-55E) was used.
This sealant’s self-levelling characteristics make it ideal for sealing irregularly shaped joints and cracks by providing adequate adhesion to the interfaces, without the need for tooling. It can withstand the joint opening to twice its width and closing to half its width. It requires no primer and provides outstanding long-term performance in which extreme movement occurs. It is also jet fuel resistant.
Dow Corning® 890-SL Silicone Joint Sealant is a onepart, self-levelling silicone sealant for concrete and concrete to asphalt pavement joints. Cures to an ultra-low-modulus silicone rubber upon exposure to atmospheric moisture. The cured silicone rubber remains flexible from -20 to 300°F. Asphaltic paving materials have low tensile strengths. It is important to use an ultra-low modulus material when sealing these substrates to ensure minimal strain is placed on the asphaltic joint face
PU Nederland got the order as new preferred applicator for VIP to coat a SumWing for a deep sea trawler. To save time and money the customer choose QuickSpray Industrial LSE, a 100% pure Polyurea 2-K Coating based on Prepolymer and Polyamine technology with very good non stick properties and a low surface energy.
Ras Girtas Water & Power Projects required a WRAS Certified, fast curing surface coating system with high mechanical abrasion resistance, no VOC contents, no cracking and stable features for their newly constructed potable water tanks at the desalination plant at Ras Laffan. Application with 1:1 heated, high-pressure, plural component equipment (Graco XP-2). Pressure of time for fast completion and cost advantages favoured QuickSpray Supreme W (aromatic), a WRAS Certified, 100% Polyurea 2-part Coating-System derived from a reaction of Isocyanate and Amine terminated resin.
The Management Company of a Moose Park outside Oslo, wanted to protect their existing Parking garage with 3 decks to ensure a water tight system that would prevent leakages on the lower decks, and also offer a high degree of surface protection against wear and tear, paired with ease of cleaning. Quickspray Industrial slow, a slow set floor coating, designed for flooring operations that need a flat result without dry overspray was used.
The customer Conoco-Phillips from Weybridge in Surrey wanted to protect the field joint connectors made from steel and GRP plastic with a tough, water-vapour-tight, sea water proof and highly abrasion resistant coating. VIP advised the use of QuickSpray Industrial to their approved applicator PPC from Keighley. After shotblasting the steel, the connectors were masked off. Then the steel surface was cleaned, afterwards primed with the QuickPrime 1K universal PU primer for superior bond to the substrate and than coated using a Gaco Reaktor HX-P2 hotspray machine. A film thickness of at least 3mm throughout was achieved easily and after just 1 hour the connectors were prepared for shipping on site.
An internationally renowned Maker of Transport Boxes was searching for a system, to make foamboxes more resilliant longterm and to make them suitable for deep freeze storage. For this reason our applicator Rüdiger Schmidt advocated QuickSpray Industrial W, a 100% pure 2K Polyurea Hotspray System, with WRAS drinking wate certificate, to coat the finished boxes.
The Vattenfall Europe Generation AG was searching for a new system for sealing and coating tanks on the inside with a high degree of abrasion resistance against the abrasive mixture of chalk and water. On an already coated tank, where the old coating partly became delaminated, the choose to have an area of 40 m² freshly coated to evaluate the new Quickspray Industrial LSE (aromatic). RIW as preferred Applicator was available at short notice to do the repair even in harsh winter conditions. To save time and money the customer choose QuickSpray Industrial LSE (Non stick version with low surface energy), a 100% Polyurea 2-K Hot Spray Coating based on Prepolymer and Polyamine technology.
The rehabilitation of the grain silos. The repair and upgrade was carried out by using abe®silocoat – an elastomeric cementitious waterproofing coating that cures to form an impermeable membrane. abe®silocoat is a two component polymer modified cementitious coating, supplied in a pre-packaged form. Advantages are excellent crack accommodation after immersion, effective barrier to sulphates and chlorides and low pH. Withstands high positive and negative hydrostatic pressures. abe® silocoat is approved for use in contact with portable water.
A tippler ceased to function and had to be repaired. durarep FMC (Fluid Micro Concrete) was chosen as the primary product to allow quicker curing of the repairs to the support columns as well as delivering the required tensile strength of 30 MPa in 3 days. dura.®rep FMC is a cement based non-shrink concrete reinstatement grout, which can be applied by pouring or pumping. The product is supplied in a ready-to-use form requiring only the addition of a small amount of water for easy mixing to produce a fluid consistency. This can then be applied 50 mm or thicker into suitable shuttered repair areas.
The dura.®joint waterstop range is extruded from specially formulated PVC material, which whilst flexible is easily welded on site to provide the primary seal in the waterproofing of water retaining and/or water excluding structures. Prevention of regress or ingress of water or liquids through construction or expansion joints in water retaining or excluding structures such as dams, reservoirs, digesters, water towers, canals, basements, car parks and retaining walls.
Upgrading of Kruisfontein Waste Water Treatment Works. dura. joint SW-R (swellable waterstop rubber) is a Hydrophilic Butyl rubber waterstop manufactured into high performance synthetic elastomer strips. Ideal for sealing of prefabricated concrete element e.g. joints in tunnels and shafts and may also be used for open joints. dura. joint SW-R are made from new generation expanding rubber sealing material that can handle expansion up to 400% and is stable during the swelling process. dura. joint External E PVC are placed on blinding layers prior to casting footing.
Upgrade and concrete repair work of Mondi Chipper Plant. dura.®grout is a ready-to-use (merely add water) Portland cement based grouting compound. It contains graded siliceous aggregate and chemical reagents which prevent shrinkage during curing. epidermix 344 is a two component, solvent free, polysulphide modified epoxy adhesive. If applied onto reinforcing steel it will cause no loss of concrete/steel bond strength and quickly develops place-able consistency and remains cohesive, does not segregate and shrink
Dow Corning®890 SL is a self-levelling silicone sealant for concrete and concrete to asphalt pavement joints. Flows into irregular joint widths and does not require tooling. Weather and UV resistant. epidermix 345 is a wet-to-dry epoxy adhesive with extended open time and is useful for structural bonding of fresh wet concrete to existing concrete. Ideal for bridges, pavements, loading bays and factories. dura.rep® FMC – shrinkage compensated fluid micro-concrete, is a cement based non-shrink concrete reinstatement grout which can be applied by pouring or pumping.
Flooring for distribution centre. abe® flooring resin epoxy system is a solvent free, clear, two component, low viscosity epoxy resin system which is cycloaliphatic amine cured (clear light colour). Further advantages include a proven system with a universal formulation, reduced moisture and carbon dioxide sensitivity, cures well down to +10°C, easily applied, good chemical resistance with less sensitivity against humidity and low viscosity.
Royal Meats required a surface that could withstand daily high pressure cleaning and chemical attack. The surface also needed to be non-slip and hygienic. abe.®screed PU HS was recommended as it fulfilled all of these requirements.
Paper storage. abe.® co mastic is a heavy duty, cold-laid bituminous mastic consisting of stone chippings, Portland Cement, sand and a binder, flintkote 3. Single areas laid often exceeds 10 000m2. Joints are normally unnecessary. Construction joints disappear after a few days of traffic exposure. Also for floor repair, including timber surfaces.
abe.®cote 400 Hi-build is an economical four-component, solvent-free epoxy flooring system comprising a clear resin and hardener, pre-packed filler and a ready for- use pigment paste. Ideal for food processing plants and can be used as binder for abrasive grit to yield nonslip floor finishes. abe.®cote 400 Hi-build has good protective qualities and resistance to chemicals. Reduces maintenance, seamless and hygienic and is available in a range of colours.
abe.®cron dry-shake surface hardener provided a low cost solution for hardening this automotive maintenance area and to create a more attractive, uniform appearance of the floor. abe.®flo epoxy self-levelling flooring system at 2mm was perfect to cater for Audi’s high hygiene standards with good colour retention and a medium gloss finish.
abe® – Air Liquide Gauteng had drainage issues which needed the flooring to be re-levelled with abe.dur.
a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals was founded in 1932 but started operations in 1939 in Durban as a supplier of bitumen to municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal. a.b.e.® has over the years grown in both size and diversity to become a major supplier of specialised construction products to the building, civil engineering and building maintenance industries, supplying products directly to customers through its branch network as well as through builders’ merchants and hardware stores.
VIP`s innovative technologies provide superior surface protection against abrasion, impact, corrosion and chemical attack. In addition our new technology, instant curing spray applied membranes offer significant benefits and advantages over traditional waterproofing and water containment solutions…
a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals‘ range of applied sealants is based on modified bitumens, tars, acrylics, silicones, modified epoxies, polysulphides and polyurethanes, with a.b.e.® currently the leading distributor of PVC, rubber and hydrophilic waterstops. Examples of typical applications are sealing of joints in road surfaces, runways and airport hangars, sealing of construction joints in walls and floors in commercial and industrial buildings. In addition products are used for houses, water reservoirs and sewage processing structures, sealing around general household sanitary ware and certain automotive applications.
The General Construction and Concrete Repair manual includes adhesives, coatings / sealers, spalling repair systems, primers, waterstops, protective coatings, fairing, reprofiling, crack injection systems, cementitious grouts / mortars, epoxy mortars / grouts…
abe® silocoat is a two-component polymer modified cementitious coating, supplied in a pre-packaged form. The product has been designed to be easily mixed on-site using a slow speed drill and paddle, and then applied to the substrate using a brush, roller or airless spray application. abe® silocoat cures to form an elastomeric impermeable membrane.
Dura.®bond GP is a modified, single-pack acrylic emulsion which is milky in colour. Can be used as a primer/bonding medium for cementitious repairs to concrete elements in both internal and external applications…
Two component, solvent free, low viscosity modified epoxy. A crack injection compound for cracks between 0.10 and 0.05 mm in width. May also be used as primer for epoxy mortars and electrical encapsulation.
Polymer-modified, fibre-reinforced, cement-based mortar, which is chloride-free, ready to use, non-shrink and of a single component.
Epidermix 344 is a two-component, solvent-free, polysulphide modified epoxy adhesive. Bonding fresh (plastic) concrete to existing concrete, plaster to brickwork. Can be used to provide a damp-proof barrier within the concrete matrix. If applied onto reinforcing steel epidermix 344 will cause no loss of concrete/steel bond strength.
Super laykold is a rubberised bitumen emulsion, which is used together with abe® membrane to provide a liquid waterproofing system. Super laykold is koi fish friendly. Super laykold is recommended in various areas: Flashings, Parapet walls, Flat roof waterproofing areas, Sealing joints, laps and roofing screws on corrugated roofs, May be used in areas of total water immersion…