Building bridges

The demands placed on the asphalt pavement on a bridge differ from those that apply for a normal road. Nynas high-performance PMB guarantees a high level of resistance to deformation.

The asphalt on a bridge must not only withstand deformations and cracks, but also protect and seal the underlying steel or concrete structure against water and road salt. There are also the strong loads that arise a consequence of vibrations and the effects of wind and weather. Another challenge is that extremely strong forces can build up in the interface between the asphalt surface and the bridge’s bearing structure.

To provide the surface of the bridge with sufficient resistance, it has now become common practice to use a polymer-modified bitumen (PMB) in both binder and surface course. And this was the starting point when the 930-metre-long Älvsborg Bridge in Gothenburg was renovated in order to guarantee the bridge’s functionality and extend its useful life. The final stage was completed in summer 2021, with a new pavement covering a total area of 17,000 m2.

The pavement consists of two layers. Underneath is a protective and binder course of 30 mm mastic asphalt with Nynas high-performance PMB as a binder, while the surface course is a stone mastic asphalt concrete, also with a polymer-modified binder. The polymer-modified binder in the surface on the Älvsborg Bridge is the same kind as the one used in several other major Swedish bridge projects, including the Öresund Bridge, the High Coast Bridge and the Sundsvall Bridge.


PMB with biogenic material reduces climate impact

Nypol RE is a newly developed, polymer-modified bitumen with biogenic material that increases the useful life of the pavement while reducing climate impact.


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.


Appreciated Safety Day in Norway

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


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.


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