Due to adhesive and waterproof properties bitumen can be used in more than 100 different industries. The highest global demand for bitumen comes from the Asia Pacific region at 37 per cent, North America comes in second at 25 per cent and the European Union sits at third, with 17 per cent of demand.
In everyday road paving applications, bitumen is mixed with mineral aggregates to produce a very strong and hard-wearing material called asphalt. Asphalt is the most commonly used road surfaces in the world.
Bitumen and asphalt are fully recyclable materials, with milled surfaces often reintegrated into new production processes. Given that global asphalt production reaches approximately 1.5 billion tonnes, asphalt holds the distinction of being the most recycled material in the world
Bitumen also is applied in construction and maintenance of :