Shell Bitumen - leading the way in bitumen

For over 90 years Shell has been a leader in bitumen solutions and has developed a broad portfolio of product and service offerings customised to the needs of the road, roofing and airport sectors and some specialty applications. Our commitment to continued innovation and providing pre- and post-sale technical support to customers is evidenced by our investment in an extensive network of technical experts based in our world-class R&D centre, three solution centres and in the field.

All products supplied through our network undergo robust quality testing and assurance to help our customers deliver on their commitments. Shell Bitumen’s products have been used to pave some of the world’s most iconic infrastructure projects, including the runways at some of the world’s busiest airports, Formula One™ race tracks and landmark roads and bridges around the world.

Bitumen expertise:

  • Serving the bitumen industry since 1920
  • We supply enough bitumen to resurface 450 km of road every day; that’s enough to travel around the world four times in one year
  • Leaders in innovation – 49 active patents linked to bitumen and asphalt

Global reach, local touch:

  • 9 bitumen manufacturing facilities across 5 continents
  • Worldwide network of 25 terminals operating with Shell’s industry leading standards with ~300KT of storage capacity
  • Multimodal logistics capability involving trucks, railcars, barges and marine
  • One of the largest dedicated R&D centres in the world
  • Professional Sales and Technical team on the ground to serve our customers

Shell’s timeline of Bitumen innovations and world firsts

1920 - Shell Haven (UK) refinery opened.

1954 - Van der Poel’s Nomograph 1984 - First multi-grade binder 2006 - Shell Mexphalte RM

1923 - First Shell Bitumen patent application

1963 - Invented the Shell pavement design method 1988 - Invented first underwater adhesive, Shell Tixophalte 2007 - Shell Bitufresh and Shell Floraphalte
1937 - Fraass breaking test 1967 - Developed the first synthetic binder, Colouradd 1996 - The Zero Shear Viscosity Concept 2011 - Shell Caritop
1949 - Published first edition of the Shell Bitumen handbook 1970 - First high friction surfacing, Shellgrip
2003 - Shell Low-temperature and S Grade Binders 2015 - Sixth edition of the Shell Bitumen handbook

Helping our customers win

At Shell Bitumen, we work with our customers to develop solutions for their current and future needs.
Our products are the solution of choice for a range of sectors, from airports and highways to roofing and Formula OneTM tracks. Shell’s pioneering innovations in coloured binders, low-temperature solutions, low-odour bitumen and underwater adhesives have set the industry standards for these applications.

Why our customers choose us:

  • High and consistent product quality
  • Supply security and reliability
  • Risk management
  • Cutting-edge technical support

Our Values

All Shell employees share a set of core values – honesty, integrity and respect for people. We also firmly believe in the fundamental importance of trust, openness, teamwork and professionalism in everything that we do. We pride ourselves on helping our partners exceed the highest health, safety, environmental and regulatory standards so that you can benefit from a safe, reliable supply.

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Inside About Shell Bitumen

Health, Safety, and the Environment

Shell Bitumen puts the health and safety of workers, suppliers and customers at the top of its agenda. We have in place stringent policies, procedures and training to ensure safe delivery.

About Shell bitumen

Shell Bitumen is the world’s largest marketer of bitumen, with over 1,600 customers across 28 countries. We supply enough bitumen to resurface 450 km of road every day; that’s enough to travel around the world four times in one year.

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Shell Bitumen products

 

Shell Bitumen products are tailored to meet the needs of asphalt manufacturers, road builders, construction, government, communities, asset owners, designers and architects. They are designed to offer usable and effective solutions for a wide variety of markets.

 

Case Studies

View our case studies to see how Shell Bitumen products and services have delivered tangible benefits to our customers in five key sectors across the world.

 

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