Preparing for IMO 2020

The international Maritime Organisation IMO has decided that the current global emission limit of 3.5 % sulphur dioxide in maritime bunkers will be reduced to 0.5 % from 1 January 2020.

It is estimated that this will result in the proportion of global air pollution caused by shipping to fall from 5 % to 1.4 %. This transition will also affect refineries and consequently the bitumen industry.

The European bitumen market is likely to be affected in some way in terms of both regional and overall supply-demand balances, the types of bitumen that will be available, the availability of certain grades, the transport costs for both crude oil and bitumen and last, but not least how bitumen is priced.

During the autumn of 2018 we will meet with our customers to go through the Nynas view of these effects. You will also be able to read more about this issue on the Bitumen Matters microsite, as well as on Nynas Bitumen’s Twitter and LinkedIn. In the next issue of Bitumen Matters we will have a longer article about the effects of IMO 2020 on the European bitumen market.

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Bitumen to focus on core European markets

The world is changing at a rapid pace, and Nynas is now taking strategic steps to strengthen its competitiveness in core markets. Nynas will create a business footprint focusing on customers in the naphthenics and bitumen market in Europe, and significantly improve efficiency to deliver a competitive customer experience. Furthermore, Nynas will focus on four strategic sustainability areas: product development, environment and climate change, health and safety as well as people and society.

Safety

Appreciated Safety Day in Norway

To minimise the risk of accidents and injuries when loading and unloading bitumen, Nynas holds annual driver meetings.

Interview

Brains of Nynas: Sarah Badley

Sarah Badley works as Bitumen Sales Manager, covering the North of England, but is also responsible for the Nynas Bitumen Customer Service Centre in the UK. She joined Nynas in 2014, having spent many years working in the motor industry with brands including Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Find out what's on her mind.

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Natural bitumen in the Tower of Babel

Researchers have been able to show that bricks in the mighty tower were bonded with natural bitumen

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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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