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Bitumen for paving applications

Talking Point

Martin Carlson, former Director of Business Development, Nynas, shares his reflections on progress in the bitumen industry during his 40-year career.

Could you tell us about yourself and your role in the bitumen industry?

I’m a chemical engineer by training. Since joining Nynas in 1975 I have held various roles, starting as a process engineer, before moving into other technical positions. My final position before retirement in September was Director of Business Development in Stockholm.

This rather specialised industry has a limited number of people in Europe. I have very much enjoyed being part of it and experiencing what can be achieved when you join forces.

What would you choose as the highlight of your 40-year career?

My way of looking at life is that you should celebrate highlights when they come. I think there have been several things that have been important. One was when I was elected president of Eurobitume in 1999, because it meant that Nynas was recognised as an important player in the European bitumen industry.

What are your hopes for the future of the bitumen industry?

I’d like to see the bitumen industry continue to produce good quality engineering material that is able to offer the product properties to meet future user and sustainability demands. Quality must not be compromised.

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