- Raising awareness of the benefits of bitumen to policy makers and the general public.
- Working with industry and regulatory bodies to further the development of specifications and test methods for bitumen.
- Promoting long-term planning, asset management and structured infrastructure maintenance programs.
- Working with our members across Europe to promote development in the bitumen industry.
One Voice for the Industry
Welcome to Eurobitume, the European Association of Bitumen Producers. We are the voice of the bitumen industry in Europe. We are not just active at a European level, but at a local level too. Following successful restructuring, the National bitumen associations in Benelux, France, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have joined together with Eurobitume in Brussels to present local and international initiatives together, under one banner. It’s a huge step forwards for the industry, allowing us to communicate directly and powerfully with all players in the bitumen industry and beyond.
Our activities include:
Important test methods made clearer with Technical Information Sheets
The European Union Single Market requires that there are no barriers to trade across Europe. A critical part of this involves the harmonisation of bitumen specifications. Currently, for road applications, there are European specifications for paving, hard paving and multigrade, polymer-modified bitumen as well as for cut-back & fluxed bitumen and for cationic bitumen emulsions. These specifications are built on the fundamental properties of each type of bitumen, with each of these properties requiring a standardised test method to measure it.
The Bitumen Industry in Europe
The bitumen industry plays an important role in Europe’s economy. The members of Eurobitume are responsible for more than 80% of the European bitumen sales.
There are 115 oil refineries in Europe (EU 28) of which around 74 produce bitumen.
The Asphalt Advantages Campaign
Have you ever given in-depth thought to asphalt? Our Europe-wide campaign “Asphalt Advantages” puts asphalt centre stage, and we would like to familiarise you with its many benefits – in road building, construction work and beyond.
As Fascinating as Versatile
Bitumen is an unsung hero of our modern world. A crucial component of the asphalt we use to build roads, bitumen holds our city streets together and connects cities and countries across vast distances. This valuable material has countless uses and applications, and more are being discovered every year, thanks to research and development within the bitumen industry. Read more
Health and Safety
The highest Health and Safety Standard
Bitumen emissions at ambient temperature are negligible. However, the physical properties of bitumen require that handling and application is generally carried out at elevated temperature. Under these conditions emissions from bitumen can occur. Eurobitume places great importance on ensuring that occupational exposure of workers to emission from hot bitumen is minimised.