The new material support FM Conway’s growing asphalt manufacturing division, supplying London and southern England.
Polymer modified bitumen (PMB) is added to asphalt mixes to enhance the elasticity of road materials, improving the durability of the road surface.
The development of FM Conway’s PMB plant is the result of collaboration with polymer supplier Kraton Polymers and equipment manufacturer Benninghoven. The materials will be manufactured at the company’s Gravesend bitumen terminal in Kent.
FM Conway says that it is the first highways materials manufacturer and contractor in the UK to produce its own PMB.
“As a business, we’ve long championed the benefits of a self-delivery approach, manufacturing, supplying, as well as laying our own materials on the local and strategic road networks to drive cost and time efficiencies for our clients,” said FM Conway’s director of aggregates and asphalt, Tim Metcalf. “The production of our own polymer modified bitumen marks the next evolution of this model, allowing us to continue producing high-quality materials for the UK’s highways that meet the needs of roads users now and in the future.”