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Speech of Minister of Transport and Communications

Speech of Turkish Minister of Transport and Communications: Mr. Binali YILDIRIM is now on-line

During the 5th E&E Congress that was held from 13 to 15 June in Istanbul the Turkish Minister of Transport and Communications: Mr. Binali YILDIRIM gave an excellent speech during the Opening session of the Congress. He explained the importance of roads in a globalised and changing world. ““Roads” are civilization, culture; they are our voyage, economy, history, love, meetings and where longing becomes uniting”. “What our blood flowing through our veins mean for life, the roads mean for culture, civilization and humankind”.


He explained the benefits of having a good road network and that the dual carriageway roads are ‘saving lives’ because of better traffic safety.

Regarding capital investments, he mentioned that these are hard issues now; they need so much money. “The income for it is not direct and not visible. Infrastructure investments are seen as hard and perceived as a money-consuming sector by the budget-makers. But never forget: if there were no ‘infrastructure and roads’, there would be no budget, no turnover; no welfare; nothing if you do not invest in infrastructure. Thus, first you need a road infrastructure in order to proceed with profitable business”.


In his speech he also addressed Warm Mix Asphalt, recycling and much more. The entire speech can be downloaded from this website. It is worth reading it; from the first line until the last one.

Click here for the document of the speech

New Associate Members in 2nd quarter 2012

In the 2nd quarter of 2012 the companies MWV (MeadWestvaco) and Benninghoven joined EAPA as Associate member:

MWV Specialty Chemicals Division has over 50 years of experience and is dealing with the development and the delivery of high-performance chemical products and technologies for the global paving industry. They have a complete line of bitumen emulsifiers, additives and additives for the production of Warm Mix Asphalt.

Benninghoven is producing asphalt mixing plants, process control systems, burners, additive systems, bitumen storage systems, bitumen modification plants and offers the complete range of technology and equipment for both hot and cold recycling with more than 100 years of experience. 

5th Eurasphalt & Eurobitume Congress was a great success

More than 830 registered Congress participants from all over the world joined the 5th E&E Congress which was held from 13 to 15 June in Istanbul. The theme of the congress was "Asphalt - sustainable route to success."

In the Opening Session the Turkish Minister of Transport, Binali Yıldırım, delivered an excellent speech in which he talked about the importance of transportation, particularly roads, in helping facilitate economic development.

With 267 technical papers (two less than the all-time record), 160 posters and more exhibitors than ever before, the Congress was a huge success.

For those who were not able to attend this Congress the proceedings are available for € 25,-. They can be ordered through the EAPA secretariat.

2016: Destination Prague!

The next E&E Congress will take place in four years' time in Prague, on June 1 - 3, 2016. 

New EAPA & Eurobitume Brochure: Asphalt Paving - Fit for tomorrow


New EAPA & Eurobitume Brochure: Asphalt Paving - Fit for tomorrow

The brochure explains the role of asphalt paving in daily life, its contribution to
safety and comfort and it explains why asphalt is the sustainable transport solution.

For the brochure: Click here.

IARC issues Health Classification for Occupational Exposures during Road Paving

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), based in Lyon, France, issued a statement on 20 October assigning occupational exposures to straight-run bitumens and their emissions during road paving a Group 2B (“possibly carcinogenic to humans”) classification. This Group 2B classification puts road paving in the same category as numerous exposures, including cell phones and coffee.

EAPA, with its colleagues in North America, the National Asphalt Paving Association (NAPA), and in the bitumen industries on both sides of the Atlantic, underwrote a series of studies that were designed and led by IARC over the last ten years or so.  None of these studies reported any direct link between bitumens used in road paving and the onset of cancer in the workforce. However, with health and safety being the highest priority for the industry and its employees, EAPA will continue to work with all its stakeholders towards reducing emissions of all sorts, so as to minimise any possible irritation or other impacts from them.

IARC, which brings together international panels of scientists, is based in Lyon, France. Its assessments go to national health agencies for possible guidance. IARC has reviewed more than 900 chemicals and other agents since its founding in 1971. IARC categorizes chemicals, agents, mixtures and exposures.

To put this classification into proper context, it is worth quoting Dr. Jim Melius, PHD, MD, the top occupational physician at the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA): “People working in the asphalt paving industry should not be concerned about this new IARC classification. The two key animal studies on paving asphalt did not show any evidence of cancer risk, and the major IARC cancer study of people working in the paving industry in Europe did not show any increased risk for cancer.”

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