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Asphalt emulsions: why we could fail, why we will succeed Annual meeting on Feb. 21 - 24, 2012 Hyatt Regency Coconut Point - Resort Bonita Springs, Florida.

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1 Asphalt emulsions: why we could fail, why we will succeed Annual meeting on Feb , 2012 Hyatt Regency Coconut Point - Resort Bonita Springs, Florida Etienne le Bouteiller International Bitumen Emulsion Federation

2 Etienne le Bouteiller International Bitumen Emulsion Federation Weaknesses and strengths of the asphalt emulsion industry Annual meeting on Feb , 2012 Hyatt Regency Coconut Point - Resort Bonita Springs, Florida

3 Outline Introduction: what is IBEF? A worldwide IBEF survey – What are the volumes and uses? – What do our customers require? – What about the reputation of our techniques? – Is technical knowledge an issue? – How do the techniques fit with the market? Conclusions: common sharing and the role of the IBEF 3

4 What is IBEF? International Bitumen Emulsion Federation An association that gathers national associations dealing with asphalt emulsions Individual members from countries with no association IBEF represents more than 70% of the emulsion volumes worldwide 4

5 Where is IBEF? 5

6 National associations dealing with asphalt emulsions National associations dealing with asphalt industry and pavements National associations dealing with road construction – SFERB/ USIRF (France), AMR (Morocco) Individual companies – Insung (Korea), Ooms (Netherlands) Who is IBEF? 6

7 Some figures Data collected for the WOE

8 Some figures Emulsion v/s Asphalt 8

9 Some figures TOP 10 = 74% of the total volumes 9

10 A worldwide survey across IBEF members The national association – Members, market share, The market – Pavement preservation The reputation – Communication and awareness The technical knowledge – Contractors, engineers, owners The techniques – Do they fit with the market 10

11 A worldwide survey across IBEF members 19 questionnaires 10 answers Comments – Various situations – 2 common topics Lack of funds allocated to road maintenance Good reputation of the asphalt emulsion 11

12 National associations A variety of associations Members – From 8 (Japan, UK) to 230 (Italy) Market share – Usually 75% - 100% Some associations report how many plants that are operated within their country (UK, Japan, France) 12

13 The market Do we know our market? – Volumes, uses Yes we do – Japan (every month), UK & France (quarterly) – France & UK reports to differentiate spraying / mixing emulsions No we don’t – USA, Australia We estimate – Mainly in countries where there is no association (100 countries investigated for the 2010 WOE) – Industry, suppliers & traders: emulsifiers, liquid asphalt, equipment 13

14 The market Do we know our market? – Volumes, uses Yes we do – Japan (every month), UK & France (quarterly) – France & UK reports to differentiate spraying / mixing emulsions Data collection through an intermediate independent third party An attempt in the USA 14

15 The market Emulsion is mainly designed for maintenance works Road maintenance = pavement preservation Level of owner awareness – Low in emerging market where the focus is on new construction – Fair in most of mature markets; lower attention at local level – High in countries such as Australia and in Korea where PMS is implemented – Politicians do not pay enough attention Politicians – Politicians do not know the value of road assets – In the USA, “pavement preservation is included in the transportation bill now being debated in the Congress” (FP2) 15

16 The market Emulsion is mainly designed for maintenance works Road maintenance = pavement preservation Conscientiousness of road owners Politicians Allocated funds – Insufficient… – South Africa: “Central Treasury now insists on road authorities having a PMS in place prior to allocation of funds” – India: “excise is imposed on sale of petrol and diesel. This money is used for pavement construction and preservation” 16

17 The market Allocated funds are insufficient – Volumes are shrinking – Hot mix asphalt volumes are decreasing 17

18 The market Allocated funds are insufficient – Volumes are shrinking – Hot mix asphalt volumes are decreasing 18

19 The market Allocated funds are insufficient – Japan: -50% v/s 2000 – France: ¼ of the needs for national roads Needs for road maintenance are constant, increasing “More for less” A real challenge How can the asphalt emulsions industry address this challenge? 19

20 The market challenge Allocated funds are insufficient Use the right technique in the right place Example 1: “Guidelines for the preservation of High-Traffic- Volume Road ways” 20 techniqueSlurry seal Micro surfacing Chip sealUTFCHMA cost / yd 2 $

21 The market challenge Allocated funds are insufficient Use the right technique in the right place Example 1: comparison South East of France 21 technique Micro surfacing 2 layers Chip seal Very thin asphalt concrete HMA cost / m 2 €

22 The market challenge Allocated funds are insufficient Use the right technique in the right place Example 2: maintenance program for the Versailles district (France) 22

23 The market challenge Allocated funds are insufficient Use the right technique at the right place Example 2: maintenance program for the Versailles district (France) 23

24 The market challenge Allocated funds are insufficient Use the right technique in the right place Example 3: development of emulsion techniques v/s other asphalt based techniques in the UK 24

25 The reputation Feedback from the enquiry is good High credibility brought by the CME (World Congress on Emulsion) and WOE (World Of Emulsions) since 1993 In Europe: increased credibility through the CE marking (factory production control) But still a lot of work to do, and the backdrop is constantly evolving 25

26 The reputation “Engineers and contractors are well informed and aware” (South Africa) “Engineers at the federal and state agencies know about emulsion as a concept, some know the details. This is not the case with many local agencies” (USA) “Most of [road engineers] have known that the asphalt emulsions are used only for tack coats” (Korea) “Basically, they understand the concept of asphalt emulsion” (Japan) 26

27 The reputation “Yes but it is still a battle, partly as the client has become more fragmented moving from mostly local & national authorities into outsourced consultant & contractor management of the network” (UK) “Due to the turnover of road engineers in the road stakeholders, we have to train and educate the new generation” (France) A never-ending story! 27

28 The techniques In mature markets, the main uses for emulsions are surface treatments, typically chip seal and micro surfacing Organic growth will come from mixes and recycling 28

29 The techniques No technique has ever been prohibited for use after a technical failure The market is demanding – Long term texture depth for micro surfacing – Lower noise chip seal – SBS modified emulsions to counter the use of hot applied modified binders (South Africa, Australia) – Trackless tack coats – Emulsion based mixes for wearing course and base course – Sustainable solutions 29

30 Emulsion based mixes 30

31 Chip seal Strong development of the use of modified emulsions Development in Europe 31

32 Conclusion: the role of IBEF To provide assistance in structuring teaching courses (Italy) To spread the word & be as effective as possible (UK) To keep its members informed of the latest technological developments and trends and growth of emulsions in global markets (South Africa) To introduce (share) information about the new trend and techniques of asphalt emulsion in the world (Japan) To give more and more inputs on newer applications of emulsions (India) 32

33 Conclusion: the role of IBEF Trends and ideas for the future (Australia) To continue to promote the use of emulsion by being an international platform for exchanging our best practices (France) – Cape SealSouth Africa – Grave emulsionFrance – Emulsion for railway tracksJapan 33

34 Conclusion: the role & the future of IBEF IBEF is and will be what its members want it to be and to become A new logo, a new web site 34

35 Conclusion: the role of IBEF 35

36 Acknowledgements to John LambertAAPAAustralia Ichiro IidaJEAAJapan Saied SolomonsSABITASouth Africa John KeayesREAUnited Kingdom Changwon SeoInsungKorea Jim MoulthropFP2United States of America A.S. PrabhakarHincolIndia Carlo GiavariniSITEBItalia Jean Claude RofféSFERBFrance François ChaignonColasFrance Yvonnick BrionNynasSweden Kh. KasidisTipco AsphaltThailand 36


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