Asphalt plays an important role in our daily activities. When we travel to work or school, or when we buy goods in a shop or via internet, asphalt roads are being used.
In most cases asphalt surfaces are grey or black and sometimes yellow or red. There is more knowledge and science involved in this material than most people realise.
There are many types of asphalt, each having specific characteristics; some are designed to be porous and very silent, others to be impermeable, etc.
They can also be produced in different ways; hot, warm, half warm or cold.
Asphalt is used in roads, railway beds, airport runways, taxiways, bicycle paths, playgrounds, running tracks, tennis courts, barn floors, greenhouse floors, ports, bridges, tunnels, landfill caps, etc.
On this website you can find more information about all these aspects.
Did you know that...
- The European road network consists of national roads (motorways), regional roads and local roads. The total length of this network sums up to more than 5 million kilometres from which 66,700 km of classified as motorways?
- Today more than 80% of motorised inland passenger transport is using the road – not taking into account cycling and walking?
- More than 70% of all inland freight transport in the European Union is transported on roads; for its total journey or partly?
- More than 90% of the European Road network is surfaced with asphalt.
- More than 10.000 companies in Europe are dealing with the production and paving of asphalt?
- Asphalt Pavements are easy to maintain, quick to construct and provide a safe and quite ride?
- In Europe there are about 4700 asphalt plants, in 2012, and these asphalt plants produced about 275 million tons of asphalt pavement material?
- The European asphalt industry employs about 180,000 people.
- Asphalt pavement material is a precisely engineered product composed of about 95% stone, sand and filler per weight, and about 5% percent of bitumen, a petroleum product? The black bitumen is used as glue to hold the pavement together.
- Asphalt is a highly recycled material and in some European countries already more than 90% of reclaimed asphalt become an integral part of the new pavement?
Curious? Want to learn more about asphalt and asphalt pavements?
Then click on the boxes on the left side of this webpage and get more information about
- What is asphalt?
- Asphalt in everyday life
- Advantages of asphalt
- Asphalt products
- Warm Mix Asphalt
- Asphalt Applications
- Asphalt in figures