Located just outside Almaty, Kazhymukan Arynov’s research company, AspanTau, boasts a resolutely Kazakh name. In English, AspanTau reads as “sky peak,” referencing the county’s imposing mountain ranges. And the company is squarely Kazakh, dedicated to making super plasticized concrete from locally produced ingredients for the local market. It is the first company in Kazakhstan to do so.
“We knew how to do the process, in general,” explains Kazhymukan Arynov, “but we needed better technology and we came up with the chemical recipe on how to make super plasticized concrete and now we are doing it.”
Super plasticizing reinforces concrete and makes it stronger and more durable. Kazakhstan has been importing about 12,000 tons of the stuff a year, mostly from Russia and China, with some coming from Turkey and Germany. Thanks to the Technology Commercialization Project, supported by the World Bank, AspanTau is slowly gearing up to serve the Kazakh market.