Mustang, the largest Russian animal feed producer, began production in its newest facility in March 2020. They applied the Penetron crystalline technology to waterproof all below-grade concrete structures to keep production lines dry and complex machinery safe.
As Russia’s largest producer of animal feed and feed additives for cattle, poultry, and other farm animals, the Mustang Nutrition Technology product portfolio also includes milk replacement products, organic acids, and mycotoxin binders. They have numerous production facilities across Russia. Mustang also exports feed products to cattle farms in Kazakhstan, Turkey, and the Middle East.
The newest Mustang facility is a highly automated factory. It is utilized for the production of feed and feed additives for farm animals. It is located in Stupino, a ‘special economic zone’ in the southeastern corner of the Moscow metropolitan area. The new production facility has automated production lines and also packaging systems. This allows for a monthly capacity of 100,000 tons of feed and concentrates and 20,000 tons of premixes. The facility basement houses the most complex systems. This is about six meters (20-feet) below-ground.
Lowering Concrete Permeability
“The project engineers faced was the considerable groundwater infiltration at the excavation of the construction site,” explains Igor Chernogolov, President of Penetron Russia. “My team showed how Penetron crystalline technology quickly modifies the structure of concrete when exposed to water or moisture, which makes it absolutely waterproof for the entire life of the concrete structure and also increases the concrete’s chemical resistance to the raw materials used in the facility.”
Totally Non-Toxic Treatment
Another important aspect of the Mustang project was the mandatory use of non-toxic building materials for the animal feed production facility. Penetron crystalline materials have an NSF-61-certification and are completely non-toxic (no VOCs). This makes them suitable for potable water and food applications. Once added to the mix, Penetron Admix becomes an integral part of the concrete matrix. This provides self-healing abilities to seal all cracks, pores and capillaries up to 0.5 mm (1/15″) in size. In turn, this provides a waterproof and durable structure with an extended service life.
They also installed Penebar SW swellable waterstop strips to permanently seal the resulting construction joints; and in a final step, they used a combination of Penetron and Penecrete Mortar. This filled the tie-holes and also any larger cracks in the concrete.
“The Mustang project was not our first rodeo,” says Igor Chernogolov. “Penetron crystalline materials have been used successfully in numerous food processing facilities around the world. They ensure waterproof and durable concrete structures with no need for future maintenance.”
About The Penetron Group
The Penetron Group is a leading manufacturer of specialty construction products for concrete waterproofing, concrete repairs and also floor preparation systems. The Group operates through a global network, offering support to both the design and construction communities through its regional offices, representatives and distribution channels.