Mustang, the largest Russian animal feed producer, began production in its newest facility in March 2020. Penetron crystalline technology was applied 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. With numerous production facilities across Russia, Mustang also exports feed products to cattle farms in Kazakhstan, Turkey, and the Middle East.
The newest Mustang facility, a highly automated factory utilized for the production of feed and feed additives for farm animals, is located in Stupino, a ‘special economic zone’ in the southeastern corner of the Moscow metropolitan area. The new production facility is equipped with automated production lines and packaging systems allowing for a monthly capacity of 100,000 tons of feed and concentrates and 20,000 tons of premixes. The most complex systems are housed in the facility basement, about six meters (20-feet) below-ground.
Lowering Concrete Permeability
“The project engineers were confronted with 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 are NSF-61-certified and completely non-toxic (no VOCs), making them suitable for potable water and food applications. Once added to the mix, PENETRON ADMIX becomes an integral part of the concrete matrix, providing self-healing abilities to seal all cracks, pores and capillaries up to 0.5 mm (1/15”) in size – providing a waterproof and durable structure with an extended service life.
PENEBAR SW swellable waterstop strips were also installed to permanently seal the resulting construction joints; and in a final step, a combination of PENETRON and PENECRETE MORTAR was used to fill the tie-holes and 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 to ensure waterproof and durable concrete structures with no need for future maintenance.”