(Calgary, Canada) — Kryton International Inc. held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony today at their new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Calgary, Alberta. The event drew over 100 attendees, with representatives from government and Export Development Canada and architects, engineers, and other professionals from the construction sector.
The plant is operated by Cementec Industries Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Kryton, and replaces Cementec’s previous plant, which had reached the end of its design life and was no longer able to keep up with the rapidly growing demand for Kryton’s innovative and sustainable building products. These products include award-winning Hard-Cem®, a unique integral hardening admixture that increases concrete resistance to abrasion and erosion; Con-Fume®, which is widely used to add durability to concrete construction; and XL-Fume®, which is used in mining and the oil and gas sector.
“These innovative materials, developed in Calgary, extend the service life of concrete structures and infrastructure while greatly reducing their carbon footprint — both in their construction and over their life span,” said President and CEO of Kryton Kari Yuers. “These products appeal to designers and builders who are looking to build more sustainable, climate-resilient structures, and we are now exporting Hard-Cem beyond North America to China, Australia, Mexico, and Europe.”
Guests took guided tours of the new facility, which is itself sustainably built and incorporates the products produced there into its own construction. Designed to achieve 10 times the capacity of the old plant, the new plant is highly automated and is expected to deliver great gains in energy efficiency and productivity.
The Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, offered congratulations to the team from Kryton and Cementec.
“The global economy is changing rapidly. Around the world, financial markets are increasingly pricing climate risk into investment decisions. Canadian businesses can choose to be leaders in the global economic shift that is happening or they can have it happen to them”, Minister Wilkinson said. “I am very pleased that Kryton International, through its subsidiary Cementec Industries, has chosen to be a leader with homegrown Hard-Cem technology that kills two birds with one stone. It increases concrete durability while reducing lifetime carbon emissions. It’s good for the planet and good for industry — an industry that will be extremely important to Canada’s decarbonization efforts. Investments like this clearly demonstrate the economic opportunities presented in Alberta and right across this country as we shift to a lower carbon future.”
Kryton International Inc. is the inventor of the crystalline waterproofing admixture and has been waterproofing concrete structures with their proprietary Krystol® technology since 1973. They have won awards for innovation, manufacturing, best place to work, and entrepreneurship, and they have expanded to offer award-winning concrete hardening and wireless monitoring solutions. Kryton is an active member of the American Concrete Institute, International Concrete Repair Institute, American Shotcrete Association, and many other thought-leading organizations. Kryton exports their products to more than 50 countries globally.
Cementec Industries Inc. is an award-winning product developer and manufacturer of innovative concrete products for the construction and oil and gas industries. Cementec manufactures Hard-Cem®, an integral hardener, to increase the abrasive and erosive wear resistance of ready-mix concrete, precast concrete, and shotcrete. It won the Most Innovative Product Award at the World of Concrete in 2007. Hard-Cem has been installed in more than 80 million square feet of concrete across North America in commercial, industrial, hydro, and infrastructure applications. Cementec is also the only manufacturer of silica fume products in Western North America.
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