At Shell Bitumen we’ve been working to improve the durability of roads, racetracks and runways around the world for years. This short video gives a quick insight into why the road-surfacing materials used are so important… 

An aeroplane wheel on a runway representing bitumen airport projects

Landing the big leagues

Not all aeroplanes are created equal – there are different sizes, classes and most importantly from a bitumen point of view – different weights. To land the heaviest planes, your runway has to be up to scratch, and that’s where Shell Cariphalte comes in.

At Soekarno Hatta International Airport in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, increasing tourism numbers meant bigger planes had become the norm. To help this busy hub cope, we used Shell’s polymer-modified bitumen binder to create a more durable runway that could withstand the pressures of the heaviest aircrafts. 

Along with this crucial work on Indonesia’s busiest airport, Shell Bitumen has helped to pave over 120 of the world’s key airports, including London Heathrow in the United Kingdom, Paris-Charles De Gaulle in France, Dubai International Airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Hong Kong International Airport, and Changi Airport in Singapore. 

Shell Bitumen is pushing limits

Find out how our specially tailored racetrack formula uses science to help create record-breaking racing for Formula One™ fans around the world.  

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Shell Bitumen is 100

Join us as we mark our centenary year.

Shell Bitumen is always evolving

Find out how Shell Bitumen has helped to drive technological discoveries and advances across the industry.

Shell Bitumen is driving progress

We’ve all got a part to play in reducing our environmental impact on the world. Find out how Shell Bitumen is playing our part. 

Shell Bitumen is all around us

From record-beating bridges to world-class racetracks, take a look at some of the projects that make us proud. 

Shell Bitumen is with you all the way

We’re proud to help over 1,800 customers from around the world achieve their goals. Find out how we build relationships that last. 

100 years Bitumen