A loyal servantbids farewell

After 35 years at Nynas, Peter Bäcklund has stepped back from the limelight.

Before being appointed Business Area Director of Bitumen Nordic in 2008, he held several senior positions within other parts of Nynas and played an active role in many important change projects.

“But the most enjoyable aspect has still been day-today work in a highly motivated team within Bitumen Nordic,” he says.

Peter believes that the major challenge facing the industry in future is to contribute to sustainable development.

“It’s no longer about keeping up with social development, but about survival in an extremely competitive market.”

But this brings not only threats, but also opportunities.

“I believe that those companies that succeed have a bright future. Despite technical developments, roads will continue to be built and maintained in the future.”

Peter will be keeping an eye on the industry’s transition from a distance. For the time being, he has other priorities after a long, demanding professional career.

“Plans include renovating the holiday home, travelling around the world when the pandemic is over, and trouncing my sons at the odd round of golf,” he concludes.

Projects

Sokndal, Norway

The recently opened Motorcenter Norway offers everything from go-carting to drag racing. Nynas was involved in the project by supplying Nypol HF 105, a polymer-modified bitumen ideal for pavements that are subjected to high stresses.

Projects

Gothenburg, Sweden

The Älvsborg Bridge spans the estuary of the Göta Älv river at the entrance to Gothenburg and the biggest port in Scandinavia. The bridge, officially opened in 1966, has a total length of 930 m and a suspended span of 418 m. To guarantee the bridge's functionality and extend its useful life, extensive maintenance work has been under way since 2019, the third and final stage being completed this summer.

Talking point

Road infrastructure in North-Western Europe

Even though many successful road projects have been completed in Western Europe in recent years, the durability and availability of the road infrastructure needs to be improved.

Interview

Paving the way for asphalt 4.0

Digitalisation is making inroads in the asphalt industry. The latest Eurasphalt & Eurobitume (E&E) Congress was held virtually in June. It was a success, but the next E&E event will allow industry stakeholders to meet face-to-face.

Noted

All the key players are working together to achieve the best possible result.

Katri Eskola, Specialist Road Maintenance Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency

Talking point: The COVID-19 pandemic


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