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.

Interview

A new refinery landscape

The overall impact of IMO 2020, Covid-19 and the closure of outdated refineries has increased the benefit of bitumen expertise and specialisation. The question is who will produce bitumen in the future?

Projects

Golden standard for the Slussen Bridge

The pavement system for a new bridge includes both asphalt and waterproofing. This makes major demands of quality awareness and the ability to coordinate different technologies.

Noted

Nynas expertise highlighted

This year’s E&E Congress will feature presentations of a large number of technical articles, representing top-level expertise in current bitumen and asphalt technology. Experts from Nynas have contributed to several of these, in some cases as lead author. Dr Anna Steneholm, Group Specialist Toxicology, and Dr Ian Lancaster, UK Technical Manager, have also been selected to give oral presentations.

Research

The importance of interlayer bond coat application during pavement construction

With our collective duty to ensure sustainable and environmentally responsible solutions, it is more important than ever that the road construction industry strives to get things right first time and build structures to last. That implies new structures, as well as maintenance interventions, must be effectively designed and the installation must truly reflect that design.

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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