High scope for bitumen industry
As the Government has initiated mega projects in expanding the
national road network; there is a tremendous scope for those who have
engaged in the bitumen industry.
is an important factor in road construction. The bitumen which we use is
old now. It could be improved according to the tropical climatic and
rainy weather conditions, Bitumix (Pvt) Ltd., Managing Director, Ashoka
Siriwardena told Daily News Business.
There are not much modified varieties of bitumen in Sri Lanka
compared to other countries. Bitumen could be used as a raw material for
industrials, road construction and civil engineering.
He said since the Government is spending a reasonable amount in
constructing these roads, if they use the improved bitumen products the
life time of these roads will also be extended than the normal life
Using of improved bitumen will reduce road maintenance cost and also
enhance road safety. “Our company is geared with expertise and knowledge
to provide quality bitumen to suit according to the countries weather
conditions, Siriwardena said.
Polymer modified bitumen needs to do a revolution in the industry.
There are more positive benefits of using the improved grades of bitumen
for road expansion projects.
The machineries used in the company are being turned out by the local
entrepreneurs. However, Bitumix has a technical collaboration with a
foreign company. At present we have only addressed the institutional
segment and we hope to enter into the retail market in the near future,