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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:

30th April 2019

The Benefits of Surface Dressing

The Road Emulsion Association (REA) and the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) have jointly produced a new animated video highlighting the benefits of Surface Dressing. 

The video was launched at the RSTA Spring Conference and will be distributed to all interested parties and particularly Highways Committee representatives in Local Authorities and Councils.

To view the video “The Benefits of Surface Dressing”, click on the Videos Link above .

23rd March 2019

New Member of the Road Emulsion Association Limited

The Road Emulsion Association Limited is pleased to announce the addition of a new member company to the association. The new member company is PolyBitumens which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Eurovia UK. PolyBitumens commissioned emulsion production at their new manufacturing facilities early in 2019. The production of emulsion materials at PolyBitumens in Thurrock, Essex, will be used on various road improvement schemes in southern England, the Home Counties and in Greater London.

As a member of the Road Emulsion Association, Polybitumens will contribute to all the future activities of the Road Emulsion Association with Paul Goosey, (Managing Director), being appointed as a Director of the REA and the company member representative on the REA Council. Jonathan Core, (Technical Director), will become a member of the REA Technical Committee and Paul Kimber, (Divisional Manager), will be the representative on the REA HSE Forum Group.

With PolyBitumens as a new emulsion producer in the UK, and now a member of the association, the Road Emulsion Association continues to represent the interests and activities of this important industry sector and will maintain its position as the key trade association promoting the benefits of bitumen emulsion products in the UK.

27th April 2018

Are Your Roads Bonded?

Following the successful REAL Bond Coat Video launched in 2017 an additional supporting note has been published identifying the performance benefits of using Bond Coats to bind the road layers together. A winter of high rainfall and cold temperatures has resulted in further deterioration to our roads and more pot holes having to be filled. The correct use of bond coat will help reduce this problem and extend the structural life of the road. See the “Publications” page.

7th December 2017

RSTA SHE Seminar Presentation – 22nd November 2017

The presentation of the REA/RSTA new Code of Practice for the Safe Transfer of Emulsion Product from a Delivery Tanker to a Road Sprayer was given by Kevin Maw, Consultant & Secretary of the REA on the 22nd November a copy of the presentation is attached.Safe Delivery Tanker to Sprayer presentation

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