Asphalt in Figures – Provisional Figures 2021

Every year EAPA (the European Asphalt Pavement Association) collects and publishes key figures of the European asphalt industry in the so-called “Asphalt in figures”. In these overviews, data on asphalt production and application in Europe can be found. The data have been established with the assistance of the members of EAPA .

The following tables show the figures from 2021 received to date (the latest update is September 2022) from National Associations and some further estimations based on data received in previous years (marked with “*”). The tables will be continuously updated, as more information is received through the year 2022. In December, the Document “Asphalt in Figures 2021” will be finalised with the complete set of data and published, as EAPA has been doing in the past. You can find all the previous editions of this document in the Asphalt in Figures Archive.

Total production of hot and warm mix asphalt in the period 2011 – 2021 (in million tonnes)

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Notes:
The figures of Europe include data from EU-27 countries plus Great Britain, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey
The figures of Great Britain until 2018 refer only to Members of Mineral Products Association. The values from 2019 are extrapolation for the whole country. For MPA Members only, the value of 2020 is 20,7Mt.
The figures of Romania refer only to the maintenance and construction of the national road network and highways. Departamental roads or streets in city are not included .

Total production of hot and warm mix asphalt in the period 2011 – 2021 (in million tonnes)

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The figures of Europe include data from EU-27 countries plus Great Britain, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey

Application in surface-, binder- and base courses of total annual Hot and Warm Mix Asphalt production 2021 (in %)

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Use of different types of asphalt mixes in surface courses (in %)

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Production of Warm Mix Asphalt in the period 2013 – 2021 (in million tonnes)

Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA): bituminous mixture, as defined in Standard Series EN 13108, manufactured by using a series of technologies, which allow a significant reduction of production and installation temperatures, compared to the equivalent hot mix asphalt.

Note 1: this definition excludes asphalt mixes manufactured with bituminous emulsion.
Note 2: normally temperature reductions are of at least 20 K.

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Figures from Great Britain are estimated (data not provided from all MPA members and extrapolated).

Production of Cold Bituminous Mixtures in the period 2011 – 2021 (in tonnes)

Cold Bituminous Mixtures: the aggregate is not heated before being mixed with the binder. Consider only mixes manufactured at ambient temperature, with emulsion, including in-plant re-use and excluding in-situ re-use”

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Application of Slurry Seal (SS) & Micro-Surfacing (MS) and Surface Dressing (SD) in 2021 (in million m2)

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Companies in the asphalt industry in the period 2019 – 2021

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The figures of Great Britain until 2018 refer only to Members of Mineral Products Association. The value of 2019 is an extrapolation for the whole country. For MPA Members only, the number of production-only companies of 2019 is 21

Reuse and Recycling of Asphalt in 2021

Reuse and Recycling of Asphalt in 2021
**Cold recycling includes stabilisation with bitumen emulsion, foamed bitumen and/or cement.
Notes:
Site-won asphalt is material in the form of milled asphalt road layers or as slabs ripped up from asphalt pavements, or being asphalt from reject, surplus or failing production. These materials will require assessment and often processing before being suitable as a constituent material.
Reclaimed asphalt (RA) is the processed site-won asphalt, suitable and ready to be used as a constituent material for asphalt, after being tested, assessed and classified according to the standard EN 13108-8. Processing can include one or more of milling, crushing, sieving (screening), blending, etc.
Asphalt re-use: operation by which reclaimed asphalt (RA) is reincorporated into the pavement, with the aggregates and the aged bituminous binder performing the same function as in their original application. Note: This is independent of manufacturing temperature, road layer, etc. Hence, it would include, for example, the manufacturing of cold mix asphalt from former warm or hot mix asphalt.
Asphalt recycling: operation by which reclaimed asphalt (RA) is used as a foundation, fill or road material, with the recovered aggregate and bitumen performing a lesser (or alternative engineering) function than in the original application. Note: This means that, traditionally, the term “recycling” has been mistakenly used to also refer to “re-use” operations.

Number of production sites in the period 2019 – 2021

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** One or more plants are operated and owned by the road administration
*** One or more plants are operated and owned by the road administration and/or municipalities
**** Total of stationary and mobile plants
**** This can be all types, e.g. batch plants and/or drum mixer plants and/or plants with parallel drum.