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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.

Bitumen 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 span.

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, he said.

 

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