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Watson Bowman Acme Releases High Performance Seismic Joint System

Watson Bowman Acme, a BASF company and leader in expansion control systems for the construction industry, today announced the release of Wabo ® Seismic SafetyFlex, a system specifically designed to accommodate wider joint openings and rapidly accelerating multi-directional movement.

“The Wabo ® Seismic SafetyFlex’s robust design provides for a high performance seismic joint system, and the rubber encapsulated metal components effectively reduce sound intrusion,” said Rick Patterson, Business Director for Watson Bowman Acme. “The system maintains its durability by allowing the slide plate to return to its original position after seismic activity, whereas conventional metallic cover plate systems often prove to be very noisy during traffic impact and dynamic movements.”

Wabo ® Seismic SafetyFlex is an elastomeric molded cover plate system that accommodates multi-directional movement and heavy loading subject to seismic activity. To enhance the system’s durability and prevent corrosion, the metal plates are encapsulated inside a molded rubber cover. This system is intended for installation in stadiums and parking decks, airports, commercial buildings and other sizable structures incorporating heavy traffic, large openings and multi-directional movement potential.

Watson Bowman Acme offers a complete line of custom designed expansion control systems for the parking deck applications, including Wabo®BusTuff, Jeene®, Wabo®Crete StripSeal, Wabo®CreteMembrane, Wabo®WeatherSeam, Wabo®WaterTite, Wabo®ElastoFlex parking series and Wabo®Seismic Span II.

About the Construction Chemicals division

BASF’s Construction Chemicals division offers advanced chemicals solutions for new construction, maintenance, repair and renovation of structures: Our comprehensive portfolio encompasses c oncrete admixtures, cement additives, chemical solutions for underground construction, waterproofing systems, sealants, concrete repair & protection systems, performance grouts, performance flooring systems, tile fixing systems, expansion control systems and wood protection solutions.

The Construction Chemicals division’s 6,400 employees form a global community of construction experts. To solve our customers’ specific construction challenges from conception through to completion a project, we combine our know-how across areas of expertise and regions and draw on the experience gained in countless construction projects worldwide. We leverage global BASF technologies, as well as our in-depth knowledge of local building needs, to develop innovations that help make our customers more successful and drive sustainable construction.

The division operates production sites and sales centers in more than 60 countries and achieved sales of about €2.3 billion in 2012.

BASF - The Chemical Company

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,600 employees in North America, and had sales of $18.5 billion in 2012. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit .


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