Shell Bitumen is the world’s largest international marketer of bitumen, serving customers across 52 markets. We have a robust, integrated supply chain network supported by eight bitumen production sites across three continents. In our centenary year, we’re reflecting on our history and achievements while getting ready to meet the changes and challenges of tomorrow.

The Shell Bitumen business first emerged when there were more horses on roads than cars. As assembly lines and mass production of vehicles became more commonplace, the need for better-quality roads grew. We’ve been helping to build roads and infrastructure ever since. 

Today, Shell Bitumen supplies enough bitumen to pave on average 500 kilometres of road lanes daily – that’s enough to travel around the world 4.5 times in one year.

Paving the way a step at a time

From starting at scale our bitumen production at Shell Haven refinery in the United Kingdom in 1920 to current research into more sustainable materials, we’ve consistently brought change to the industry through innovation and insight.

Whether we’re paving racetracks, runways or roads, we’ve nurtured strong relationships with businesses, regulators and governments around the world and developed a global business and strong brand that enable us to be a reliable partner to our customers, now and into the future.

Here are some examples of how our products help make an impact around the world

Shell Cariphalte®

Formula One™ driver
Formula One™ driver

Circuit Zandvoort, Netherlands

Shell Cariphalte® Polymer Modified Bitumen (PMB) can be formulated to tackle challenges like resisting deformation and shear stresses or providing better adhesion with aggregates than a conventional bitumen. It’s the perfect material for the renovation of Circuit Zandvoort where a cold and coastal climate puts the track under greater threat of failure. 

Shell Bitumen FreshAir®

Heavy traffic in Thailand
Heavy traffic in Thailand

Thailand 

Thai roads can be extremely busy, so replacing them quickly and minimising emissions in the process made the country a great place to test Shell Bitumen FreshAir®, which reduces levels of sulphur oxides (SOX), nitrogen oxides (NOX), particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) by 40% during production and road paving.  

Shell Mexphalte® C

Smooth traffic flow on road in Beijing
Smooth traffic flow on road in Beijing

Beijing, China

Designed to provide a clear delineation between lanes of traffic in order to improve flow and safety especially during the Beijing Olympics, Shell’s Mexphalte® C colour binder was used to create red asphalt bus lanes on key routes throughout the city, combining durability with visual functionality and aesthetic appeal. 

Shell Flintkote®

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge

China

Shell Bitumen’s product portfolio extends to waterproofing and even underwater solutions. Shell Flintkote® Bridgecoat was used on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge as a sealant which can withstand even wet and humid conditions, a key factor for the tunnel sections of this iconic project.

Jakarta cityscape
Jakarta cityscape

Jakarta, Indonesia

Formulated to create seamless barriers that keep water out, Shell Flintkote® provides a high resistance to weathering, and is ideal for protecting steelworks. It has been used in some of Indonesia’s most recognisable buildings, including Equity Tower, Gandaria City Mall and World Trade Centre.

Shell Bitumen’s portfolio of products reflects the diverse needs of our customers. Our research and development capabilities allow us to provide increasingly customised solutions that meet their specific requirements.  Innovation drives our business, and we’ll keep finding new ways to build better, more sustainable roads.

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS

Shell Bitumen is a breath of fresh air

Developing cleaner ways of working in the road paving industry.

Shell Bitumen is playing its role in a more sustainable future

How Shell Bitumen technology can help play a part in more sustainable paving solutions.

Shell Bitumen is pushing limits

Our specially tailored racetrack formula uses science to help create record-breaking racing for Formula One fans around the world.

Shell Bitumen is making connections

Providing bitumen solutions and technical expertise for iconic engineering projects that help keep the world moving.

Shell Bitumen is paving forward

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100 years Bitumen