March 2016 - New Chair & Vice Chair at REA - At the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Association, John Tuite (Total Bitumen) stood down at the end of his two years as REA Chairman and Roger Lord (Bituchem Holdings) took over that position for 2016 to 2018 . At the same time Tim Jobling-Purser became Vice Chairman for the next two years.
January 2016 - Change of REA's Consultant & Secretary - The Association is pleased to confirm that Kevin Maw will take over from John Keayes who will retire at the end of March 2016. For more details about Kevin please look at Press Release No 16 on this website
October 2015 - Replacing the REA's Consultant & Secretary - We are seeking a replacement Consultant & Secretary due to John Keayes' planned retirement after 10 years’ service at this Association in the spring of 2016. If you are interested in finding more about this, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01903 746584
June 2015 - Latest advertisement for REA - the Association's most recent advertisement was used in the Road Surface Treatments Association's magazine "Renew" Open the advert by clicking HERE
April 2015 - Further update of REA Technical Data Sheets - The Association's Technical Committee has completed a further review of all 12 Technical Data Sheets. All the revised TDSs are dated March 2015 and are freely available through the "Technical Data Sheets" page on this website. If you have any questions on these sheets please contact the Association's Consultant & Secretary John Keayes.
January 2015 - Latest update of REA Technical Data Sheets - The Association's Technical Committee is reviewing all its 12 Technical Data Sheets in readiness for the 2015 surfacing season to take account of recent market changes that includes CE Marking.
April 2014 - The Road Emulsion Association has updated its "Code of Good Practice for the use & safety of Mobile Storage Tanks" in readiness for the 2014 surfacing season.
Mobile Storage Tanks are transported to construction sites throughout the UK where they are used to aid road surfacing work. After the Tanks are installed, they are periodically filled with bitumen emulsion binder, which is drawn off for use in local highway construction and maintenance contracts. REA first developed the Code of Good Practice in the mid 1990s and the 2014 Code replaces that last revised in 2011. The Code aids the safe operation of works; and safety of members of the public; highway authorities and contractors, when in close proximity to Mobile Storage Tanks.
A copy of the latest 2014 version of the Code is available as a PDF file on the "Publications" page of this website.
March 2014 - New Chair & Vice Chair at the Association - At the 2014 REA Annual General Meeting Steve Waller (Nynas AB) stood down at the end of his two years as our Chairman and John Tuite (Total Bitumen) took over that position for 2014 to 2016. At the same time Roger Lord (The Bituchem Group) became Vice Chairman for the next two years.
January 2014 - Further update of REA Technical Data Sheets - The Association's Technical Committee has completed a further review of all 12 Technical Data Sheets to ensure among other items that the impact of the mandatory CE Marking that was introduced into the UK last summer (see news item "July 2013" below) has been taken into account. All the revised TDSs are dated November 2013 and are freely available through the "Technical Data Sheets" page on this website. If you have any questions on these sheets please contact the Association's Consultant & Secretary John Keayes.
October 2013 - New British Standard BS EN 13808:2013 - As part of the on-going review of European standards a new version of BS EN 13808 that specifies cationic bitumen emulsions was published on 30 September 2013. This document supercedes BS EN 13808:2005 and BS EN 14733:2005=A1:2010.
REA gives more detail on this revised standard in Press Release No 14 on the Press Releases page of this website.
July 2013 - CE Marking becomes mandatory - The UK was one of four countries in the European Union where CE marking of construction products has been voluntary. However, a new Regulation has replaced the old Construction Products Directive and lays out conditions for its implementation. It is now mandatory for construction products falling under the scope of the Regulation to have a declaration of their performance, and to carry the CE marking to demonstrate this, before they can be put on the market. The CE Mark had to be affixed by the end of June 2013 as a result all REA members completed CE Marking administration etc by that significant date.
REA gives more detail on CE Marking process in Press Release No 13 on the Press Releases page of this website.
April 2013 - Updated REA Technical Data Sheets - The Association's Technical Committee has completed reviewing all REA Technical Data Sheets (TDSs) to ensure they are up to date and refer to appropriate British & European Specifications. All the 12 revised TDSs have been modified and are now freely available through the "Technical Data Sheets" page on this website. If you have any questions on these sheets please contact the Association's Consultant & Secretary John Keayes.
April 2013 - The UK Surface Dressing season begins - the photo below shows a spraybar in operation
March 2013 - We welcome Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry AB as new Associate Members of REA. David Needham represents this new associate member at the Association. (for David's contact details please click on the "Membership" page on this website)
July 2012 - New Chairman & Vice Chairman of the REA Technical Committee - Brian Gilbert who has very successfully chaired the Association's Technical Committee for almost 10 years, and represented REA on a variety of industry standards committees, has stood down to concentrate his available time with his employer Jobling Purser Limited. As a result REA is pleased to announce that Mike Lancaster from Nynas UK AB has taken over as Chairman of the Technical Committee. Steve Collins from Ayton Products becomes Vice Chairman of the Technical Committee and will also represent the Association on the B/510/2 and B/510/19 committees.
April 2012 - New Chair & Vice Chair at the Association - At the recent REA Annual General Meeting Tony Hipperson (from Ayton Products) stepped down at the end of his 2 year stint as our Chairman and Steve Waller (Nynas UK AB) became Chairman for 2012 to 2014. At the same time John Tuite (Total Bitumen) became Vice Chairman for the next 2 years.
January 2012 - Department for Transport civil servants warned MPs this week that standards would be affected by road maintenance spending cuts. - The Public Accounts Committee heard that reducing costs in the DfT would mean slower response times to highways problems.
A report by spending watchdogs at the National Audit Office said that a reduction in routine maintenance spending would equate to £310m to 2014/2015 but there would be a corresponding increase of £150m in capital spending to move to an annual cycle of maintenance with managed degradation and much slower response times.
DfT outgoing permanent secretary Lin Homer said: “We believe it is going to be possible to make more of the maintenance routine and therefore reduce the overall cost.”
Committee member James Wharton said that there “seems to be an acceptance that maintenance of roads will be generally to a lower standard and slower”.
Homer added that while there may be moments when it looks like conditions are worsening, the DfT did not believe “the network would degrade” under the plans but accepted that there would need to be careful monitoring as a result of the changes.
The report points out the Highways Agency will see the greatest reduction in spending in this review period from the Department for Transport.
Budgets are falling, in cash terms, from £3.2bn per annum in 2010/11 to £2.1bn in 2014/15 - a 41% real terms reduction.
Sept 2011 - The Road Emulsion Association's members have experienced strong growth in the use of Bond Coats - this photograph shows Bond Coating in action - also please have a look at our Technical Data Sheet No. 5 that describes the process
(with thanks to Rory O'Connor at Tarstone Surfacing Ltd for this photograph)
Sept 2011 - We welcome Kraton Polymers as new Associate Members of REA - Kraton is a leading global producer and supplies styrene butadiene styrene (SBS) polymers for modification of bitumen to produce modified bitumen emulsions for both paving and construction purposes. David Bell represents Kraton at the REA. (for contact details please click on the "Membership" page on this website).
Sept 2011 - More than three-quarters of councillors quizzed in a road condition survey are unhappy with the state of their local highways network.
Research by the Asphalt Industry Alliance also revealed that over half of councillors said the £200m injection of emergency funding from central government earlier this year was not enough to cover all the winter damage to roads.
44% of those polled called for increased funding from government to help maintain local roads, whilst a third, recognising that this is unlikely, said alternative means of funding should be made available.
And 78% said they were not satisfied with the condition of their local road network and 90% said road condition remained an issue in their area following the severe winter weather.
The Road Emulsion Association website has won a "Highly Commended" award in the national competition organised by the Trade Association Forum at its "2011 Best Practice Awards" dinner in London.
For more details please click on the Trade Association Forum logo on the lower right hand side of any of the pages on the REA website.
May 2011 - We are very pleased to confirm that the Road Emulsion Association website has been shortlisted for an award in a national competition.
The REA is a member of the Trade Association Forum that links over 300 trade associations across the UK. The Forum runs annual "Best Practice Awards" and have just announced that REA has been shortlisted with 3 other trade associations for one of the 2011 Awards - "Website of the Year".
The winners will be announced at an Award Ceremony in London on Thursday 7 July 2011.
April 2011 - The Road Emulsion Association has updated its "Code of Good Practice for the use & safety of Mobile Storage Tanks" (with input from the Environment Agency & the Health & Safety Executive) in readiness for the 2011 surfacing season.
To open the Code please click HERE
Mobile Storage Tanks are used are transported to construction sites throughout the UK where road surfacing work is undertaken. After the Tanks are installed they are periodically filled with bitumen emulsion binder, which is drawn off for use in local highway construction and maintenance contracts.REA first developed the Code of Good Practice in the mid 1990s to aid the safe operation of; and safety of members of the public; highway authorities and contractors, when in close proximity to Mobile Storage Tanks.
April 2011 - More than 23 million Britons say they want councils to repair roads as their first priority.
The findings come from new research commissioned by support services specialist May Gurney into the facilities people feel most need improving in their communities.
Local roads topped the poll, with almost half (49%) of people feeling this should be the focus for councils, with cleaner and tidier streets (29%) and improved public transport (25%) also scoring highly among British residents.
Philip Fellowes-Prynne CEO at May Gurney said: “Local authorities have been under a lot of pressure this year from a combination of Government spending cuts and the need to maintain services in the face of increasing demand.
“Councils are having to find spending cuts of 27% over the next four years as well as contend with extraordinary expenditure, such as repairs to roads damaged by the severe weather conditions that hit regions across the UK in January.
“While the Government’s announcement of an additional £200 million in funding for pothole repairs is good news, it is clearly something that the public feel is a priority.”
October 2010 - John Keayes the Road Emulsion Association's Consultant & Secretary presented a paper on "Worldwide Bitumen Emulsion Production Statistics 2006-2009" at the International Bitumen Emulsion Association's "World of Emulsions Congress, Emulsion Producers Day" in Lyon to an international audience of over 250 experts