Roads made of rubber bitumen are more durable, as potholes and ruts are less likely to occur than roads made of traditional bitumen.

A new section made using rubber bitumen was delivered on the M83 motorway, the raw materials for which came from the MOL plant in Zalaegerszeg, MOL reports. About 10,000 tons of rubber bitumen were used in the base and bond layer of the road structure, so the longest rubber bitumen road in Hungary with a length of 36 kilometers was built. Roads made of rubber bitumen are more durable, as potholes and ruts are less likely to occur than roads made of traditional bitumen. Rubber bitumen is also an environmentally friendly solution, as the tires used in its production are recycled.

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MOL’s Zalay refinery started producing rubber bitumen in 2012, with a production capacity of 5,000 tons per year. In response to growing demand, MOL also built a new plant capable of producing 20,000 tons of rubber bitumen per year, also at the Xalai refinery, which was completed in 2020. Since the start of production, the company has produced rubber bitumen out of a total of 4,500 tons of ground rubber. , which was made from the waste of about 750,000 used passenger car tires, and was used in the construction of 180 kilometers of road sections so far.

“MOL’s priority strategic goal is to start a circular economy in the region, which is why we see everything as a raw material and energy source. Our goal is to be able to produce useful products again from waste, thus reducing the environmental burden. “Our goal is to be able to produce useful products again from waste, thus reducing the environmental burden,” said Karoly Hazoga, General Manager of MOL. Hungarian MOL Manufacturing Industries, the production and distribution of rubber bitumen is an ideal example of our aspirations, as it contributes to environmentally friendly recycling of used tires and provides high quality raw materials to industrial players.

Prime Minister Vikor Orbán also participated in the opening ceremony of the two-lane section of Highway 83 connecting the city with Győr in the Baba border in Veszprém County.




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