May 26, 2011 06:06 ET

Over Ten Large Petrochemical Companies Adopt KEMROCK™ Chemical-Resistant Cement System for Plant Construction and Repair

Eleven Major Petrochemical Companies Have Adopted KEMROCK™, a Next Generation High-Performance Cement With Superior Chemical Resistance, for Use in Constructing or Repairing Chemical Storage, Handling, and Processing Infrastructure. This Comes After Less Than 3 Years of Product Availability. Even in Highly Corrosive Environments, KEMROK™ Slashes Maintenance, Repairs, and the Need for Expensive Epoxies, Sharply Reducing Downtime and Total Costs

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwire - May 26, 2011) - CERATECH, Inc. recently announced that its KEMROK™ cement is now in service at eleven firms where high durability and corrosion resistance are critical. According to Leo Kahl, Vice President of Marketing, "The most gratifying development has been the repeat business. One of our early customers is now on their fourth concrete project using KEMROK™, and has scheduled three more. These projects involve four different chemical facilities spanning three states. That kind of repeat use is testimony to the product quality and performance advantages it has over traditional portland cement."

Roger Simons, Vice President and Owner of Widgeon Construction, said, "We just started our third trench replacement project at a large sulphur terminal in South Texas. With the usual specified portland-based cements on these types of projects, the concrete immediately starts flaking or a discoloration change occurs." Simons recently inspected the first trench reconstructed at the terminal, now in service over a year, and said, "It shows no deterioration." Kahl added, "In an attempt to get this level of durability, some petrochemical companies use special portland cements and expensive epoxy coating systems. But with KEMROK™, no epoxy coatings are required in most instances for secondary acid containment."

Petrochemical facilities are especially vulnerable to concrete corrosion because of the presence of sulphur in petroleum. Combined with water, sulphur forms sulphuric acid, which reacts with minerals in conventional portland cement to steadily deteriorate it. Mike Byrne, a petrochemical industry consultant and product representative, stated, "The alternative cements commonly used are portland cements with microsilica added to slow chemical penetration. But eventually things like sulfuric acid reach the portland cement and deterioration starts. KEMROK™ is an entirely different cement system that uses no portland cement."

KEMROK™ has proven to be highly resistant to sulphuric acid attack in both laboratory tests and field applications. It is also resistant to many other acids, salts, and specialty chemicals, unlike portland cements. Available in bulk and as a packaged concrete repair mix, KEMROK™ is a cost-effective and value-added alternative to traditional materials where loss of revenue, downtime of critical assets, and exposure to caustic materials are paramount.

An added benefit critical to some users is the product's superior environmental sustainability. Because all CERATECH cements including KEMROK™ are made with 95% recycled and 5% renewable materials in a virtually carbon-free process, they also rate far higher on important sustainability scales than conventional portland cement. According to Jon Hyman, CERATECH's CEO, "There is tremendous interest in the KEMROK™ solution. We are able to offer a higher-durability and more cost-effective product with distinct environmental advantages."

About CERATECH, Inc.:
Founded in 2001 with executive offices in Alexandria, Virginia, and research and development based in Baltimore, Maryland, CERATECH, Inc. has pioneered and commercialized advanced high performing cements using proprietary new chemistry. CERATECH's cement system produces a range of superior concretes fitting every application. More information about CERATECH and their products, including KEMROK™, can be found on the company's website at and

About Widgeon Construction:
Widgeon Construction is an industry-recognized independent contracting company based in Orange, Texas, specializing in industrial and commercial projects. Recent work includes production facilities, bridges, and the new retaining wall to protect the town of Liberty from stormwater.

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