The road network, Sweden

More and more car drivers are complaining about the standard of the roads and demanding better maintenance, primarily on the less trafficked road network. And statistics support them. Costs for car repairs associated with poor road conditions are increasing rapidly.

According to the autorepair portal autobutler.se, with 220 workshops all over Sweden, the number of road-related vehicle damages has increased by 45 % over the last five-year period.

Damage rates peak in the spring and summer because of potholes, hollows and stone and gravel on the road. Damage is caused to items including tyres, rims, wheel mounts, suspension, shock absorbers and windscreens.

Apart from the inconvenience of having damage repaired, drivers also incur significant costs. One suggestion to address this urgent problem is to display warning signs on roads in poor condition, although in the longer term more comprehensive measures are clearly required.

According to the Swedish Transport Administration, which has an annual budget of just over 400 million EUR for the maintenance of road pavements, roads are being subjected to greater stresses because of increasing changes in the weather.

One example of this is water on the roads repeatedly freezing and thawing. This causes the aggregate under the asphalt to move, resulting in cracks and cavities.

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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

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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

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