Recipe against moisture, draughts and cold

Although 85 % of all bitumen is used in road applications, there are other applications where bitumen’s properties bring value.

In these industrial applications it is used to insulate against moisture, heat, sound and vibrations among other things. Some of the applications use oxidised bitumen, which has high heat resistance.

These are properties required by Hunton Fiber for their bitumen-impregnated wood fibre panels. The company, based north of Oslo, is one of the Nordic region’s leading producers of wall panels and other wood fibre-based products for the construction industry.

The addition of Nybit I 142 in Hunton’s panels keeps the wall sealed so that moisture and draughts do not penetrate the insulation and cool down the wall. The impregnation process also makes the panels resistant to mould, rot and pests.

Talking point

Talking point: recruiting new talent

A number of initiatives are needed to attract new groups and in general to increase diversity in the industry. There is otherwise the risk of a serious skills shortage in the future.

Safety

Risky business

As traffic volumes increase, efforts are required in order to improve the work environment of road workers.

Interview

Katepal on the roof

Katepal offers a wide range of products based on SBS-modified bitumen. We met up with CEO Mikko Pellinen just as the company turns 70.

Projects

PMB takes off

Skanska has been renovating large parts of the runway at Göteborg Landvetter Airport. Bitumen Matters was there to experience an intensive night of work as renovations progressed.

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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