Next Year, See Future of Asphalt at Eurasphalt & Eurobitume

Pavement Preservation Journal, Winter 2015, Vol. 8, No. 4

Delegates to the 6th Eurasphalt & Eurobitume (E&E) Congress in Prague in June 2016 will get a view of the leading edge of asphalt research, application, promotion and environmental sustainability.

Held every four years, E&E is the culmination of high tech, international research in bituminous pavements.  In practice, many themes in asphalt which appear in North America have been presented at the preceding E&E, making it a go-to event for anyone who needs to see what’s down the road in asphalt.

Pavement Preservation Journal is an official media partner of E&E 2016.

Over 1,000 asphalt and bitumen industry professionals and stakeholders are expected to meet in Prague June 1-3, 2016. Delegates from all over the world are expected to attend Europe’s leading technical event for the asphalt roads industry.

The E&E Congress is put on jointly by Europe’s bitumen industry association Eurobitume, and the European Asphalt Pavement Association (EAPA). Planning for the sixth E&E Congress started virtually the moment the fifth staging of the event came to a close in Istanbul in 2012. The itinerary for Prague now is taking shape, with the early June event promising to be the best E&E congress yet!

In similar fashion to previous congresses, E&E 2016 will feature keynote presentations from high profile speakers, a large exhibition space, a social gala for delegates in which to network, plus an extensive and comprehensive technical program.

The event brings together professionals, academics and companies both representing, and related, to the asphalt and bitumen industries of countries across Europe and worldwide.

“The E&E Congress has evolved to become a highly successful and well attended event. It provides a unique opportunity for asphalt and bitumen experts from all over the world to catch up with all that’s going on in their industry,” said EAPA secretary general Egbert Beuving.

“First and foremost, the E&E Congress provides a focal point for a great number of industry experts to come together every four years, for sharing and dissemination of knowledge,” Beuving said. “This exchange of expertise and experiences remains the principal benefit to be had from attending the congress.”

The E&E Congress was first held in Strasbourg in 1996. That event brought together the previously separate congresses of EAPA and Eurobitume.  While the event held by Eurobitume was traditionally more technical in nature than its more practical EAPA counterpart, both were seen to be covering largely very similar subject matter, so the two were combined to effectively create one platform – the E&E Congress – which has gone from strength to strength since then.

“The 2016 E&E Congress will present an excellent opportunity for delegates to network and meet key stakeholders across the whole event, including an exhibition that has evolved to consist of around 70 different companies.  Representatives from many of Europe’s biggest construction and equipment companies together with major bitumen suppliers will be there,” said Aimé Xhonneux, director general of Eurobitume.

Over 800 delegates and 200 exhibition representatives attended the E&E 2012 Congress in Istanbul, representing 56 different countries from all continents. A greater number of additional delegates are expected for E&E 2016 from the public and private sectors.

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