Heading for Madrid

On 12-14 May, the paving industry will be gathering in Madrid for the 7th Eurasphalt & Eurobitume Congress (E&E 2020).

The focus during the meeting will be on our changed transport patterns, under the main heading of Asphalt 4.0 for Future Mobility, and the demands this places on the roads of the future. Participants can access both the exhibition and the conference section, which also includes a poster presentation.

Nynas’ researchers have contributed to 11 of the manuscripts submitted to the conference, just over half of them as main authors. These include, for example, “A systematic study of bituminous binders extended with renewable material” (X Lu), “Durability parameters evaluated on binders recovered from various field sites in Europe” (H Soenen) and “Laboratory and site validation of a regenerating oil for recycled asphalt mixtures” (M Lancaster).

An article – “Air particle measurements during paving of low-temperature asphalt” – by Anna Steneholm has also been accepted, as has Ian Lancaster’s “The effect of sample preparation on the morphology of polymer-modified bitumen by fluorescence and optical microscopy and its relation to storage stability”. Both of these will also be presented by the authors during the congress.

The next issue of Bitumen Matters will feature a more detailed presentation of E&E 2020 and the subjects highlighted during these three intensive industry days in the Spanish capital.

Sustainable Development

Sustainable governance

Eurobitume is carrying out longterm work to help the organisation’s members to prepare for upcoming challenges as the conditions change in the market. One example is the decision to form the Bitumen Sustainability Steering Group (BSSG), chaired by Carl Robertus from Nynas.

Projects

The Ryfylke tunnel, Norway

2013 saw the start of a major construction project – the Ryfylke tunnel, which opened to traffic just in time for the start of the new decade. This is the longest and deepest underground road tunnel in the world – 292 m below sea level – and it forms part of what is known as the Ryfast project.

Noted

Nynas exits US sanctions

The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) announced today that Nynas is no longer being blocked pursuant to the Venezuela Sanctions Regulations. As a result of a corporate restructuring of the ownership of Nynas AB sanctions are lifted, and US persons and companies no longer require an authorization from OFAC to engage in transactions or activities with Nynas AB. As a consequence, general license GL 13E is removed.

Sustainable Development

Asphalt – a circular material

The reuse of asphalt is one area where the bitumen and asphalt industries contribute to a more sustainable utilisation of our natural resources.

Noted

The score for quality is lower

Roberto Crotti, World Economic Forum (WEF), on the state of the European road network.

Interview on the link between roads and competitiveness


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