Innovation in bitumen

Innovation is the lifeblood of Shell Bitumen. We’re committed to helping our customers meet their goals through cutting-edge technology, evidenced by continued investment in Research & Development (R&D) and a global network of technical experts.

Our commitment to R&D in bitumen has enabled us to bring numerous firsts to the industry such as coloured binders, low-temperature solutions, low-odour bitumen and underwater adhesive. We hold  34 patents in bitumen technologies alone.

“My team of world-renowned technical specialists deliver technical services to customers across the globe. Technology is at the heart of everything we do.”

Prof John Read, General Manager Technology, Shell Bitumen

Bitumen Research and Development Centre

At our international R&D centre located in Bangalore, experts monitor the evolving needs of the bitumen industry and undertake cutting-edge research to help our customers meet their current and future project challenges. We are working on new manufacturing solutions with improved performance, cost and environmental benefits in response to the needs of the industry.

Areas of research include low-temperature solutions offering the potential for lower production CO2 emissions, enhanced asphalt workability, crumb rubber modified bitumen and odour reduction. We continue to evolve previously developed technologies including polymer modified bitumen, multigrade bitumen, bitumen emulsions, synthetic bitumen, bio-bitumen and industrial bitumen alongside a number of asphalt developments such as conductive and active asphalt.

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Why choose Shell Bitumen

We’re the partner of choice for customers from sectors ranging from airports to highways, roofing to Formula One™ tracks. We have an unrivalled track record in innovation and our specialty applications for coloured asphalt, energy efficiency, odour minimisation and underwater adhesives have set the industry standard.

Risk management

It’s no secret that the bitumen market can be volatile. That’s why we offer customised solutions for managing pricing and operational risks.

Health, safety & 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 and handling.