Ring road around Umeå, Sweden

Umeå, the biggest city in the northern part of Sweden, has for many years had problems with poor air quality due to heavy traffic passing through central parts of the city. To meet environmental quality standards, and also to improve road safety and accessibility, a new, 30-kilometre ring road is currently being built around the city.

The project is divided into different contracts, and responsible for the final stage – the Western Link over the Ume River – are NCC and Peab. It is expected that the new ring road will be ready for use during 2022.

Nynas has supplied significant volumes of bitumen to the project, including Nynas 70/100, 100/150 and 160/220 to Peab as well as the PMBs Nypol 67 and Nypol 88 and viscosity-grade bitumen Nynas V12000 to NCC.

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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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