Whereas talk in the industry is usually geared towards Asia Pacific and, specifically, the industry giant that is China, from March 19-21, 2019, everything became very Euro-centric as the international coatings industry once again descended on the Nürnberg Messe in Germany to partake in, arguably, the largest coatings exhibition in the world.
Open-graded friction course (OGFC) is a surface course used in many states. OGFC improves highway safety by increasing wet weather surface traction and reducing spray from wet surfaces. It also provides a much quieter surface by reducing noise generated at the tire-pavement interface. However, in some cases, OGFC was not as durable as desired, resulting in shorter service life and inconvenience to the public.
To quote from a recent National Asphalt Pavement Association press release, “Of all the materials recycled in the United States, nothing is recycled as consistently as asphalt pavement mixture. The latest survey of asphalt mix producers finds that more than 99 percent of the asphalt pavement material removed from roads and parking lots in 2017 was put back to productive use, primarily in new asphalt pavement mixtures.” Most asphalt mixes use reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) in their designs to help drive down costs during production.