Last month, the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association discussed the changing demands of society and transport technology and how they will impact investment in road projects and pavements during the 18th International Flexible Pavements Conference and Exhibition in Sydney.

The event was dubbed “Our Everlasting Roads – Enabling Future Mobility”; Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) hosted a special workshop together with the Australian Roads Research Board during which Liam O’Keefe and other key TSA’s speakers presented their accounts on the application of tire-derived product in the road industry. All speakers highlighted the challenges and opportunities for the whole supply chain.

At present, tire recyclers that produce end goods are facing challenges finding the markets. However, during the event, crumb rubber binders were labelled as a more stable offering in the product range by the bitumen producing segment. Thus, the market is one-step closer to accommodating manufacturing of crumb rubber in their operations for polymer modified binders. CR binders’ benefits have been noticed by the roads industry as the materials create more durable pavements.

Article by Tyre Stewardship Australia.