The durability of bitumen is the focus for a ground-breaking collaboration between Nynas and the French road construction specialist Colas. Rheological testing of age induced cracking takes centre stage
Nynas AB confirms that a binding agreement has been signed by an investment vehicle managed by Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP (together with its affiliates and affiliated investment vehicles, “Davidson Kempner”) for the acquisition of the entire equity stake (49.9%) in Nynas from Bitumina Industries Limited. Following completion of the acquisition, Davidson Kempner will be the largest individual shareholder of Nynas.
The overall impact of IMO 2020, Covid-19 and the closure of outdated refineries has increased the benefit of bitumen expertise and specialisation. The question is who will produce bitumen in the future?
Since 2014, Nynas has had a laboratory at the University of Antwerp. This January the equipment was augmented with a new, advanced rheometer. This makes it possible to conduct all standard rheological tests in a temperature range from -30°C to 200°C. The new rheometer also has an especially high torque, which means that it can exert a high stress on the sample.
The transportation industry is currently experiencing its greatest revolution since the invention of the internal combustion engine. A convergence of new technologies and changing attitudes will impact every facet of the industry – from ownership to fuel and materials all the way to tyre selection.
In the past, most people didn’t give tyres much thought. After all, they just want to get from A to B as safely and cheaply as possible.