Bitumen is a semi-solid hydrocarbon product produced from refining crude but also occurs naturally. It is often referred to as asphalt and the terms are commonly used interchangeably; however, bitumen is the black oil product while asphalt is a combination of bitumen and aggregate stone. It is a very heavy, viscous material, is highly resistant to water and to environmental factors and requires storage and transportation at very high temperatures. It is primarily used by the construction industry, most notably for roofing and road surfaces, which accounts for approximately 85% of all bitumen use.
AL M’ADINA has an expanding presence in bitumen and is involved both as a manufacturer and supplier. Through our joint venture, we supply customers worldwide, using the largest specialist asphalt fleet of vessels in the world.