The assembly plant in Silverton, near Pretoria, was opened in 1967. In 1988, Ford withdrew from South Africa for economic and political reasons, returning in 1997 after the abolishment of apartheid. Since then, the Silverton facility has undergone numerous expansions. The recently completed US$1.05 billion (R15.8 billion) project is the biggest investment in Ford’s 97-year history in South Africa.
Penetron was asked to carry out work along the underground tunnel walls, wall to floor construction joints, and tunnel floor slabs. PENEPLUG, a rapid-setting, crystalline-based compound used to stop active leaks, and PENECRETE MORTAR, a crystalline waterproofing grout, were specified for honeycomb repairs and construction joints (cold joints). The Penetron products were applied along the interior of the Sodecia Tunnel structure and as backfilling on the exterior of the structural elements where no direct access was available.
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