The two main pillars of Kwik Bond Polymers business are Polyester Polymer Concrete (PPC) and High Molecular Weight Methacrylate (HMWM).
Both of these products were developed due to interest among Caltrans engineers. The Department first became interested in polymer resins in 1979 due to the superior adhesion properties and rapid return to service.
The first full scale overlays of Polyester Polymer Concrete (PPC) were demonstrated in 1983 in Northern California. Those bridges are still performing and Caltrans inspection reports from 2010 rate them as “element level one,” the highest rating available – a nearly 30 year proven system! Today, PPC is specified by cities, counties and states all over the United States with increasing interest overseas. In most cases engineers have heard, by word of mouth, of the excellent, long-term performance of Polyester Concrete overlay technology and more people are taking a closer look.
In 1984 Caltrans wrote a specification for High Molecular Weight Methacrylate (HMWM) healer/sealer as an alternative to risky Methyl Methacrylates and ineffective epoxy injection to seal and protect cracked concrete. Pleased with the results they had seen, popularity of the material as a preservation technique grew. Since then, Caltrans now spends approximately $90 million on bridge preservation activities per year, a large portion of which is deck treatments with High Molecular Weight Methacrylate healer/sealer.
Kwik Bond Polymers, LLC was founded by Al Klail and Kiyoshi Sakakura in 1992. Both had significant involvement in the development of the polyester polymer concrete system dating back to the first application with Caltrans in1983. Since that time, Kwik Bond Polymers has been a part of over 10 million square feet of polyester concrete bridge deck overlay placement and 60 million square feet of HMWM deck treatments in California alone. Twenty years later, they are still both heavily involved with the company, even as “retired” men. Kwik Bond Polymers has grown to be able to support the growing interest, complete with regional sales representatives and competent technical support.
Today, Kwik Bond Polymers, LLC supplies Polyester Polymer Concrete overlays, multiple layer polyester concrete overlays, high molecular weight methacrylate penetrating healer/sealers, polyester grout, high performance patch systems, and high friction surface treatments. We pride ourselves on meeting the needs of the industry and are constantly reevaluating what DOT engineers AND contractors want.