Main image: CHRYSO Southern Africa’s Centre of Excellence
CHRYSO Southern Africa has continued to enhance its laboratory facilities in its quest to help customers generate more sustainable construction materials. The latest expansion within its Centre of Excellence in Jet Park near Johannesburg has been a cement laboratory, in which the company has invested extensively.
Sustainability at the forefront
In its quest to help customers generate more sustainable construction materials, CHRYSO Southern Africa has continued to enhance its laboratory facilities with its latest expansion.
According to research and development (R&D) manager, Mpume Mlalazi, these investments will continue into 2022 to ensure that the latest tools are available. “Much of our work in the cement laboratory is focused on the growing global concern to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from cement manufacturing,” says Mlalazi. “We are also now fully equipped to align with international standards in cement testing.”
CHRYSO Southern Africa’s other facilities
CHRYSO Southern Africa’s other facilities include a research and development laboratory for new product formulation and evaluation, a concrete laboratory conducting physical tests to evaluate concrete properties, a quality control laboratory and a colour laboratory.
There are also satellite laboratories at the company’s Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and KwaZulu-Natal branches to support customers.
Newly acquired equipment
Amongst the equipment recently acquired is an isothermal calorimetry and permeability tool – in addition to basic tools for cement setting time, specific surface Blaine, psychometry and cement compressive strength determination auxiliary equipment.
“Our cement laboratory works closely with cement industry players and supports our customers with product development to find solutions for their ever-changing applications,” she says. “Of course, cement is the main contributor to concrete performance, so it is vital that we understand exactly what impacts are achieved by the changes we can make.”
Therefore, CHRYSO Southern Africa’s wide breadth of facilities, combined with its depth of expertise, is so effective, with its cement and concrete laboratories under one roof, she explains. Whatever is achieved in the cement laboratory, can be closely assessed and tested in the concrete laboratory.
“As experts in the field of admixtures, we have the necessary chemistry knowledge and products to help customers drive their sustainability agendas and meet their carbon reduction targets,” says Mlalazi.
She highlights that CHRYSO Southern Africa re-invests at least 4% of its sales revenues into R&D each year, emphasising that the laboratory capacity has a strategic role in supporting customers’ key concerns in the future. These include carbon emissions, clinker factors, cement performance and energy saving. The exciting projects underway in its cement laboratory include research into the potential for limestone calcined clay cement (LC3) to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions during the manufacturing process