VolkerWessels to trial first plastic roads next year

Grant Prior 4 years ago
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Inventors of a new system to build roads made of plastic are hoping to test the first prototype by the end of 2017.

VolkerWessels subsidiary KWS first unveiled the PlasticRoad concept last year as a sustainable alternative to traditional asphalt construction.

KWS has now been joined by plastic pipe specialist Wavin and bitumen giant Total.

The PlasticRoad concept involves recycling plastic waste into lightweight modules with hollow interiors that can be fitted with cables and plastic pipes and allow excess water to drain.

The pre-fabricated units will be easy to transport, assemble and maintain, and the lighter weight means the ground will be less prone to subsidence.

Anne Koudstaal and Simon Jorritsma, the inventors of PlasticRoad, said: “Together with Wavin and Total, we now have a vast pool of knowledge, experience and resources, and can take concrete steps in the development of PlasticRoad.

“We expect to have a first prototype completed by year-end 2017.”

KWS Director, Rolf Mars, added: “Wavin and Total believe in the PlasticRoad concept and I have every confidence in a constructive and successful collaboration.”

Jan Willem Viets, Director of Wavin Nederland, added: “Being part of the development of PlasticRoad fits in the strategy of Wavin to provide innovative plastic solutions for the building industry.

“This is a great chance to develop a new way of road building together with other market leaders in this business.”

Xavier Bontemps, Senior Vice President for Total’s Polymers Business Unit, said: “We are delighted to be working on this promising flagship project and to share our expertise in polymer solutions and recycling processes.

“This agreement is aligned with our commitment to using renewable and recycled sources and reducing the carbon footprint for the markets we serve.”

PlasticRoad video from VolkerWessels on Vimeo.

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