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About Us

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.

We aim 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.

This Association has an extensive knowledge of our industry and we believe trade associations can form effective partnerships with governmental and academic bodies to bridge mutual gaps in understanding.

Our representations to the government on policy matters are backed up with the best-available evidence gathered from our members to help with the assessments and practicalities of the costs and benefits of policy proposals.

As a result we frequently work with other Trade Associations to establish excellent lines of communication with specifiers, standards bodies and government.

This association was formed in December 1928 and in 1947 was re-titled the Road Emulsion Association Limited.

We promote the interests of members, who manufacture, supply and distribute Bituminous Emulsion materials. Currently six member companies represent all the major UK producers and suppliers of these highly technical materials. We also have three associate members which are organisations supplying specialist materials to member companies.

The Association is managed by the Council made up of senior individuals from member companies. This group meets formally each quarter.

Reporting to the Association’s Council is a highly experienced Technical Committee that comprises senior technical staff from constituent member firms. This Committee also meets quarterly, disseminating and considering technical issues, standards and enquires.¬† Some senior technical committee members represent the UK industry on British Standard and government committees as well as on European committees.

The Association’s primary objectives include the provision and use of high quality materials and as a result ALL member Companies are Quality Assured to BS EN ISO 9001:2008.

The Association also is a member of a number of national and international bodies including the UK based Trade Association Forum and the International Bitumen Emulsion Federation.

Latest News:

21st December 2020

New Associate Member – REA

The Road Emulsion Association is pleased to announce that following a recent application from CORE Additive Technologies to join the REA as an Associate Member, the Council of the REA has approved the application , and CORE Additive Technologies have joined the Association with immediate effect. The representative of the new Associate Member will be David Needham and he will be joining the REA Technical Committee at future meetings. The REA welcomes David’s contribution to the important activities of the Technical Committee.

28th March 2020

New Appointments – REA Council

At the Annual General Meeting of the Road Emulsion Association Limited held on the 11th March 2020 Jane Dunne (Nynas), was elected as the Chair of Council for the next two years through to the AGM in 2022. Paul Goosey (PolyBitumens), was elected as the Vice-Chair for the same period. There was a change in the Colas representation on Council with the resignation of Stewart Struthers who has represented Colas on the Council of the REAL for over 30 years. The new Colas representative and appointed as a Director of the Association is Sommerville Wright. Prior to the AGM there was also a change in the representation of Total UK Ltd with the resignation of John Tuite and the appointment of Chris Milligan as the Total UK representative and a Director of the REA Council.

3rd December 2019

Revision of Technical Data Sheet Number 8

The Road Emulsion Association has updated Technical Data Sheet (TDS) No 8.
The TDS is now titled – Patching, Grouting, and Spray Injection Patching.
The update primarily concerns Section 4 of the TDS which is now titled Spray Injection Patching, (previously titled Velocity Patching). This has been updated and includes reference to Spray Injection Patching being a seasonal process as noted in the original guidance in BS434-2 : 2005.

22nd September 2019

New Surface Dressing Video with Subtitles

The Road Emulsion Association (REA) and the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) have developed a short animated video highlighting the benefits of Surface Dressing as part of a planned highway maintenance program. The REA has also produced a subtitled version of the video and this is now posted on the REA website and is available to view on YouTube. Please click on the ‘Videos’ link above to view the video.

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