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Welcome to the REA Website

The Road Emulsion Association (REA) is a UK trade association representing manufacturing businesses that supply a wide range of bitumen emulsion products used in the highways, airfield and construction sectors.

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Resources & Information

Since the formation of the Association in 1928 the industry body has continued to provide valuable information and technical data to support the use and application of emulsion products throughout the UK.


Through the publications of new and updated Codes of Practice, papers and documents associated to the use and benefits of emulsion products the Road Emulsion Association aims to ensure leading technology and application data is available for all highway engineers and end users.

Events & Exhibitions

The Road Emulsion Association Limited and its members participate in important and informative conferences and events connected with the highways maintenance and construction sector.

Who we are: An Overview:

The REA aims to provide a good member intelligence network to understand what issues are on the agendas of policy-makers and businesses as well as those issues that are important in central and local government policy making. We attempt to identify the effects of policy measures on our sectors and contribute to government consultations.

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Mission Statement:

To promote the technical and sustainable benefits and the safe and responsible use of bitumen emulsions in the highway maintenance and construction industries.

Latest News:

22nd July 2022

Bond Coat Webinar Launched on REA Website

The IAT hosted webinar on the subject of the “Importance of Interlayer Bond Coat Application During Pavement Construction and Maintenance” has now been posted on the REA website. The presentation by Gary Schofield of TotalEnergies is an important element in the joint REAL and RSTA Bond Coat awareness campaign which also included the published Bond Coat article with supporting comments from National Highways and senior pavement engineers in the UK devolved governments. View this video on the Bond Coat Page.

20th July 2022

New Chair of the REAL Technical Committee and HSE Committee

After a period of 12 years of commitment and leadership as Chairman of the Road Emulsion Association Technical Committee, Mike Lancaster (Nynas) has announced that due to a change in role within Nynas UK he is stepping down as the Chair of this important industry committee. The REA Technical Committee (TC) has unanimously voted to appoint Paul Cadel of Colas to lead the TC and this was confirmed by the REA Council at their meeting on the 8th June. Paul has many years of experience in the emulsion production and application industry and the Road Emulsion Association is looking forward to Paul representing the industry in his capacity as Chair of the Technical Committee. 
The REA HSE Committee has also appointed a new Chairperson to lead the Committee. The elected Chair which was also confirmed by the REA Council is Paul Kimber of PolyBitumens.

8th March 2022

New REAL Chairperson

The Road Emulsion Association Limited (REAL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Goosey as the new Chairperson of the Association for the next two years following the Ninety-Third Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 2nd March 2022. Paul has held a number senior positions in his career with Eurovia and is currently Managing Director of their businesses, covering specialist treatments, surfacing, asphalt and materials production, research and development, and asset management solutions. Eurovia joined the REAL as a producer of bitumen emulsions following the significant investment in their new polymer bitumen and bitumen emulsion manufacturing facility ‘PolyBitumens’ located on the North Bank of the river Thames near London. The Vice-Chair will be Sommerville Wright who is an Associate Director of Colas Limited.

7th June 2021

REA and RTSA joint campaign to highlighting the importance of Bond Coats

The Road Emulsion Association (REA) and the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) have jointly launched a campaign to highlight the importance of the application of Bond Coats in road construction and maintenance. The joint campaign aims to provide information to all clients, highway contractors, and road users, of the benefits of Bond Coats and involves the publication of a new article titled “The Importance of Interlayer Bonding in Pavement Construction” Read the article here.

The article will shortly be published in a number of key industry journals and the campaign was recently launched with a Webinar hosted by the IAT. There are plans for a second webinar later in the year. The Bond Coat Video has also been relaunched as part of the campaign and is available to be viewed via the REA members websites and the REA website (watch the video here) and the REA Linkedin site.

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