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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Holcim launches country’s first water-repellent cement Aqua-X in North Mindanao

Holcim Aqua X, the country’s first water-repellent cement developed by leading building solutions provider Holcim Philippines, Inc., is now available in North Minanao after its successful release in the southern part of the region in March.

The company held virtual launches and product demonstrations throughout August to promote Holcim Aqua X, which is designed to protect structures such as homes from damage and deterioration caused by water. The Company developed Holcim Aqua X after a study that showed 70% of homeowners and contractors identified water protection as an important consideration in projects.

Concrete walls and foundations with poor protection are prone to cracks after steel rebars rust and expand as water seeps in. Painted walls may also develop imperfections due to water seepage. Unaddressed, these can cause serious damage to a structure.

Holcim Aqua X contains Active Water Repellent Boosters that prevents such damage. These make it easier to build water-resistant structures compared with current practices, where builders apply a repellent on walls or include a water-proofing compound to the concrete mix.

Erwin Mendoza, Holcim Philippines Head of Technical Services and Valued Added Products: “Holcim Aqua X is better in providing water protection to concrete and mortar because it already contains ‘water repellent boosters’ that were effectively added to the product in our cement plants. This eliminates the additional step of buying and adding waterproofing additives to the concrete or mortar mix on site which may result in errors. Holcim Aqua X has undergone strict quality control to ensure that it achieves its expected performance as a general use cement and its efficacy in repelling water before it leaves the plant.”

Holcim Aqua X is part of the company’s new line of products as it steps up the roll out of specialized construction solutions that address specific needs of builders in the country. Sales of the product is steadily growing and expected to rise further with its availability throughout Mindanao.