Shell opens advanced bitumen solutions centre in China
Nov 14, 2016
Shanghai, China: Shell Bitumen officially opened its new Shell Bitumen China Solutions Centre (BCSC), located within the Hongyi Technology Industrial Area, Songjiang District in Shanghai. It replaces Shell Bitumen’s solutions centre in Beijing, China.
With the opening of this new facility, Shell’s downstream business is now co-located with its technical centres in Shanghai, following the opening of Shell’s commercial centre in 2015 and its lubricants regional technology centre in 2014.
“This new facility is geared towards supporting our customers’ technical needs, providing advice and customised technical solutions tailored to fit their varied paving needs. This centre will also help us develop new bitumen and asphalt technologies, in collaboration with our other solution centres globally and our R&D centre in Bangalore, India,” said John Read, General Manager for Technology, Shell Bitumen.
Shell BCSC is equipped with advanced bitumen and asphalt testing equipment, and is staffed by specially trained bitumen experts. The BCSC team will support Shell Bitumen’s continued business growth ambitions in China, including testing of new technologies in China, like Shell Bitumen Fresh, a solution that reduces bitumen odour during paving activities. This technology won the International Road Conference award for Innovation in 2015.
Shell Bitumen is the leading international supplier of bitumen in China, and has provided bitumen solutions for numerous iconic projects in the country including: the Guangzhou-Shaoguang Expressway and Guangdong’s five expressway, the longest expressway project in Chinese history; bridges constructed along the Yangtze River; the Maijishan Tunnel, China’s longest tunnel; runways at numerous airports in Hubei, Kunming, Liaoning, Shanghai, Shanxi, Sichuan, Wenzhou and Xiamen; Shangai’s high-speed rail projects; and at iconic locations like Beijing Olympic Park, the China Pavillion at the Shanghai World Expo and Chang’an Avenue in Beijing during the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.
From left to right: Jian Ping Shen, GM Shell Bitumen China; John Read, GM Technology, Shell Bitumen; Xinsheng Zhang, Executive Chairman, Shell China; Aimin Huang, GM for Technology Asia Pacific; and Liting Xu, Regional Technology Manager for China, Shell Bitumen, marking the official opening of Shell Bitumen China Solutions Centre
Notes to Editors
Shell Bitumen also operates a network of Regional Solution Centres located in strategic regions (Strasbourg, France and Bangkok, Thailand). Shell has also established its global bitumen R&D Centre in Bangalore, India.
Shell is a leader in bitumen technology, and recently published the “Shell Bitumen Handbook, Sixth Edition”, which covers the latest topics in bitumen technology and application. Shell currently holds 49 active patents linked to bitumen and asphalt.
Shell Bitumen’s solutions have also been used on a number of Formula One racetracks: Sakhir (Bahrain), Sepang (Malaysia), Marina Bay Street Circuit (Singapore), Hockenheim (Germany) and Yas Marina (Abu Dhabi).
Shell is the world’s largest bitumen marketer, and delivers enough bitumen to pave a one-lane kilometre road every four minutes.
Shell supplies a wide range of high quality bitumen products, from standard-grade bitumen to special polymer-modified bitumen (PMB), which are marketed under the brand name Shell Cariphalte. Shell Cariphalte has been used in a number of iconic projects for applications such as highways, urban roads and porous asphalts for urban drainage systems. It is ideal for use in heavily trafficked locations such as airfields, racetracks and bus lanes. It can be particularly beneficial in heavy duty applications such as rail, ports, bridge decks, crack relief systems or overlaying concrete pavements and expansion joints.
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