New British Standard BS EN 13808:2013
1st October 2013
As part of the on-going review of European standards a new version of BS EN 13808 that specifies cationic bitumen emulsions was published on 30 September 2013. This document supercedes BS EN 13808:2005 and BS EN 14733:2005=A1:2010.
REA gives more detail on this revised standard in Press Release No 14 on the Press Releases page of this website.
CE Marking becomes mandatory
1st July 2013
The UK was one of four countries in the European Union where CE marking of construction products had been voluntary. However, a new Regulation has replaced the old Construction Products Directive and lays out conditions for its implementation. It is now mandatory for construction products falling under the scope of the Regulation to have a declaration of their performance, and to carry the CE marking to demonstrate this, before they can be put on the market. The CE Mark had to be affixed by the end of June 2013 as a result all REA members have completed CE Marking administration etc by that significant date.
REA gives more detail on CE Marking process in Press Release No 13 on the Press Releases page of this website.
Updated REA Technical Data Sheets
1st April 2013
The Association’s Technical Committee has completed reviewing all REA Technical Data Sheets (TDSs) to ensure they are up to date and refer to appropriate British & European Specifications. All the 12 revised TDSs have been modified and are now freely available through the “Technical Data Sheets” page on this website. If you have any questions on these sheets please contact the Association’s Consultant & Secretary John Keayes.
New Associate Member
1st March 2013
We welcome Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry AB as new Associate Members of REA. David Needham represents this new associate member at the Association. (for David’s contact details please click on the “Membership” page on this website)
1st February 2013
The UK was one of four countries in the European Union where CE marking of construction products has been voluntary. However, a new Regulation has replaced the old Construction Products Directive and lays out conditions for its implementation. It has become mandatory for construction products falling under the scope of the Regulation to have a declaration of their performance, and to carry the CE marking to demonstrate this, before they can be put on the market. The CE Mark must be affixed by the end of June 2013 as a result REA members are working towards this significant date.
New Chairman & Vice Chairman of the REA Techncial Committee
1st July 2012
Brian Gilbert who has very successfully chaired the Association’s Techncial Committee for almost 10 years, and represented REA on a variety of industry standards committees, has stood down to concentrate his available time with his employer Jobling Purser. As a result REA is pleased to announce that Mike Lancaster from Nynas AB has taken over as Chairman of the Technical Committee. Steve Collins from Ayton Products has become Vice Chairman of the Technical Committee and will also represent the Association on the B/510/2 and B/510/19 committees.
New Chair & Vice Chair at the Association
1st April 2012
New Chair & Vice Chair at the Association
At the recent REA Annual General Meeting Tony Hipperson (from Ayton Products) stepped down at the end of his 2 year stint as our Chairman and Steve Waller (Nynas AB) became Chairman for 2012 to 2014. At the same time John Tuite (Total Bitumen) became Vice Chairman for the next 2 years.
Standards would be affected by road maintenance spending cuts
20th January 2012
Department for Transport civil servants warned MPs this week that standards would be affected by road maintenance spending cuts.
The Public Accounts Committee heard that reducing costs in the DfT would mean slower response times to highways problems.
A report by spending watchdogs at the National Audit Office said that a reduction in routine maintenance spending would equate to £310m to 2014/2015 but there would be a corresponding increase of £150m in capital spending to move to an annual cycle of maintenance with managed degradation and much slower response times.
DfT outgoing permanent secretary Lin Homer said: “We believe it is going to be possible to make more of the maintenance routine and therefore reduce the overall cost.”
Committee member James Wharton said that there “seems to be an acceptance that maintenance of roads will be generally to a lower standard and slower”.
Homer added that while there may be moments when it looks like conditions are worsening, the DfT did not believe “the network would degrade” under the plans but accepted that there would need to be careful monitoring as a result of the changes.
The report points out the Highways Agency will see the greatest reduction in spending in this review period from the Department for Transport.
Budgets are falling, in cash terms, from £3.2bn per annum in 2010/11 to £2.1bn in 2014/15 – a 41% real terms reduction.
We welcome Kraton Polymers
14th September 2011
We welcome Kraton Polymers as new Associate Members of REA – Kraton is a leading global producer and supplies styrene butadiene styrene (SBS) polymers for modification of bitumen to produce modified bitumen emulsions for both paving and construction purposes. David Bell represents Kraton at the REA. (for contact details please click on the “Membership” page on this website).
Unhappy with the state of their local highways network
12th September 2011
More than three-quarters of councillors quizzed in a road condition survey are unhappy with the state of their local highways network.
Research by the Asphalt Industry Alliance also revealed that over half of councillors said the £200m injection of emergency funding from central government earlier this year was not enough to cover all the winter damage to roads.
44% of those polled called for increased funding from government to help maintain local roads, whilst a third, recognising that this is unlikely, said alternative means of funding should be made available.
And 78% said they were not satisfied with the condition of their local road network and 90% said road condition remained an issue in their area following the severe winter weather.