Ventraco Innovation Centre
Ventraco Innovation Centre (VIC) develops smart additives to modify asphalt and bitumen. Our additives are known by the brandname: RHEOFALT.
The world of bitumen is changing. The sources and therefore the chemical composition of bitumen are different compared to a few years ago. Straight run bitumen is disappearing from the market. Ventraco Innovation Centre offers solutions with additives which accommodate these changes while meeting the needs of the different countries we supply our products to. The challenge is to limit the environmental impact, but the focus is much broader than just reducing carbon emissions.
Decisions are based on economic benefits as well; how technology can both save the asphalt producers money as well as carbon emissions over the lifetime of a road. Bitumen today may well be a blend of several different feedstocks, which means that the chemical composition of the bitumen will vary and will have an impact on the quality of the asphalt. RHEOFALT additives improve the chemical and physical properties of the asphalt and bitumen, in order to be able to meet the European Standard and regional regulations. By using RheoFalt additives we can overcome the inconsistent and varying bitumen supplies and improve the asphalt and bitumen properties.
BASF expands the product portfolio with RheoFalt® additives of Ventraco
As of September 2020, BASF has the worldwide distribution rights for RheoFalt® additives manufactured by the Ventraco. The supply of RheoFalt® products to Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands, will still go through Ventraco.
We are proud of this new collaboration. RheoFalt® enables BASF to serve the need for sustainable road construction. The product permits 100% recycling of old asphalt, and has been scoring outstanding results in internal and external tests for 10 years.
Recyclebaar asfalt timmert aan de weg
De natuurlijke hars uit de schillen van cashewnoten zorgen bij verhitting voor een magisch product. Bij verhitting ontstaat namelijk een donkere viskeuze vloeistof. Als je deze gepolymeriseerde vloeibare natuurlijke hars toevoegt aan verouderd asfalt is het opeens oneindig recyclebaar. Jeroen Venema van Ventraco geeft tekst en uitleg.
Bitumen has moved from being a commodity to being a specialty
Adapted from a test for crude oil, SARA looks at the components of bitumen; saturates, asphaltenes resins and aromatics.
If you have a heavy feedstock, you need a lighter one to get the balance right.
It is extremely interesting to watch the bitumen industry changing. Players are changing, bitumen is travelling further, big oil companies are losing interest and this creates a vacuum for others to come in.
RheoFalt HP-AM offers both economic and environmental benefits