R&D in the spotlight for BAG

Basalt-Actien-Gesellschaft (BAG) has set an important course for the future with the completion of its new Technology Centre.

The new building at the Cologne-Porz location is made up of an administrative, laboratory and seminar wing and will be the main address for a wide variety of activities for the entire BASALT Group.

By bundling technical expertise from the various fields of machine and environmental technology as well as asphalt and bitumen technology, they have created an ideal work environment for high productivity and creativity. Incorporating Bitumina Handel GmbH & Co. KG and the regional laboratory of Bergisch-Westerwälder Hartsteinwerke – a subsidiary of BAG – at this location can bring laboratory and mechanical developments and findings directly into practical application.

In particular, the new location expands research and product development in the fields of asphalt and bitumen for the entire BASALT Group. New, performance-oriented testing procedures and other means are used here to predict and refine the properties of the construction materials. The building is also equipped with a seminar area, which the subsidiaries can use for training courses, meetings and customer events of all kinds.

“By establishing the Technology Centre, Basalt-Actien-Gesellschaft is further expanding its own market position for the future as a competent and innovative manufacturer of construction materials,” concludes Dr Karl-Heinz Kolb, Director Asphalt technology.

Projects

Sätaröd-Vä, Sweden

European route 22 (E22) is no less than 5,320 km long, from Holyhead in the UK via the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Latvia to Ishim in Russia. The part of the E22 that runs through Sweden plays a major role for the country’s southern region, not least because of the link to the Copenhagen area. The problem is that the road is very busy and accident-prone, and is also close to residential areas that are affected by noise.

Projects

The Rotebro Link, Sweden

County road 267 in northern Stockholm is an important, busy link between the E4 and the E18. To improve the traffic flow on this section, the contractor Svevia has been hired by the Swedish Transport Administration to widen a 6 km section from one to two lanes in each direction.

Projects

Punt Val Mulinaun, Switzerland

High-quality waterproofing of a bridge is generally carried out using mastic asphalt. This is all the more true if there are increased stresses due to climatic conditions or traffic loads. One example is the Punt-Val-Mulinaun arch bridge on the Oberalpstrasse H19 in Graubünden, Switzerland.

Projects

Asphalt in High Cross Slope, Germany

In summer 2017, Nynas delivered a carefully chosen PMB grade, Nypol 25, for asphalt layers of a test track.

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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