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The annual meeting place for the bitumen and asphalt supply chain

Now in its ninth year, your flagship Argus European Bitumen and Asphalt will take place in Porto22-24 May 2018. The event will once again bring together the entire market for the latest updates on the big questions, including:

• IMO: What have refineries done to adapt their technology?
• How is IMO affecting the shipping industry and how are firms adapting their infrastructure?
• What does a reduction in vacuum residue output mean for asphalt usability?
• How can we change the image of asphalt to increase public investment?

You will join representatives from regional governments, bitumen and asphalt consumers, and the key industry players to discuss and shape the future of the international industry.

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Unique sailing networking experience

Join the team building sailing activity on Tuesday, 22 May and join sailing experts who will help you to establish a parallel between sports and the business world in a fun way!

Sailing experience cost: €350 per person

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Regular attendees

Request the sample attendee list to review the senior decision-makers who regularly attend the event from organisations such as:

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  • Galp
  • Total
  • Shell
  • Vitol
  • Colas
  • Eres
  • Gunvor
  • LOTOS Asfalt
  • Ferrovial
  • Nynas
    ...and many more

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2018 confirmed speakers:

  • Keith Stone, Pricing and Innovation Manager, Shell
  • Pedro Oliveira Nunes, Industry Direction - Mixture Manager, Tecnovia
  • Alfonso Berrocal, Bitumen and Oil Products Trader, Gulf Petrochem
  • Andras Geiger, PhD, Bitumen Quality Expert, MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company
  • Slawomir Nowak, Head of Ukrainian Road Authority, Ukravtodor
  • Markus Spiegl, Product Manager Black Products, OMV
  • Jan-Erik Lundmark, Head of Department for Maintenance of Paved Roads, Swedish Transport Administration
  • Tomasz Borodziej, Bitumen Sales Manager, ONICO
  • Esteban Salinas, Director, Latin America & Caribbean, International Road Federation
  • Jonathan Weston, Bitumen Editor, Argus
  • José Javier Garcia Pardenilla, Managing Director of Ditecpesa Asphalt Products, Ferrovial
  • Jean-Louis Pettier, Bitumen Group Category Manager, Icopal
  • Gülay Malkoç, Technical Director, Turkish Asphalt Contractors Association (ASMUD)
  • Jorge Sousa, Director, Rubberized Asphalt Foundation
  • Filip Djurovic, Director of Bitumen Sector, NIS Gazprom Neft
  • Lloyd Thomas, Vice-President, Consulting Services, Argus
  • Leticia Parra Rodriguez, Technical Manager of Ditecpesa Asphalt Products, Ferrovial
  • Aabha Gandhi, Asian Asphalt Editor, Argus

Don't just take our word for it..

“Professionally organised! Good atmosphere and opportunity for networking”
Carl Robertus, Technical Director, Nynas

. “Everyone looking for efficient networking should definitely join Argus events!”
Anton Beloshapkin, Head of New Markets Development, Gazprom Neft

“Once again Argus has provided a pleasant and memorable experience. The conference offered a perfect opportunity for networking, meeting interesting people and sharing ideas”
Andrey Siletskiy, Project Management, Pörner

“Very interesting conference, well organised and very good topic range and speakers!”
George Skinits, Director, Seadock Marine

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Argus is the global leader in international bitumen and asphalt pricing information. This event is part of a global series. Argus bitumen/asphalt events also being held in Asia and the US.

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Conference rates

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Main Conference only 
(23-24 May 2018)
Main Conference and pre-event networking experience
(22-24 May 2018)
Spousal pass (gives access to drinks receptions during conference)

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Antitrust compliance reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of Argus’ Europe Bitumen and Asphalt 2018 is to provide participants with a high-level update on the latest developments in the European bitumen and asphalt market . The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.

Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately, and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

2018 Speakers included:

Alfonso Berrocal

Alfonso Berrocal
, Bitumen and Oil Products Trader, Gulf Petrochem

Alfonso Berrocal has an extensive background in the oil products trading industry. He gained experience working for Spanish utility Endesa and Chevron. He joined Optima Energy in 2009 and started trading oil products and bitumen. Alfonso currently trades bitumen for Gulf Petrochem and is based in the London office. His main areas of expertise are trading, hedging, storage and shipping.
Sergio Bovo

Sergio Bovo
, General Manager, Alma Petroli

Sergio is the General Manager of Alma Petroli, an oil refining and bitumen producing company based in Ravenna, Italy. This follows time spent in Asia, where he led the affiliates of a multinational classification and certification Group. He has developed his career in midstream and downstream oil, where he has covered various C-Level positions in refining, distribution and trading companies. Sergio has a masters degree with honours in chemical engineering and was born in Genova, Italy in May 1968.
Filip Djurovic Director of Bitumen Sector NIS

Filip Djurovic
, Director of Bitumen Sector, NIS Gazprom Neft

Filip Djurovic joined Serbian oil and gas company NIS Gazpromneft in 2009, where he has held different positions. From 2012, he was responsible for business development xin the firm’s newly created bitumen unit and was appointed director of the unit in 2014. His main responsibility is managing bitumen sales in Serbia and southeast Europe. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from Moscow and an executive master’s degree in economics from the HEC Paris business school.
Nuno Fernandes

Nuno Fernandes
, Quality Control Manager, Tecnovia

Nuno Fernandes is the Quality Control Manager of Tecnovia, a Portuguese contractor and construction materials producer. His responsibilities range from the oversight of the quality control in quarries and asphalt plants to providing technical support to contracts in Portugal, Cape Verde and Angola, mainly in the transport infrastructure sector. He has a Masters in civil engineering from the Portuguese Catholic University and a 10-year track record. He also participates in a number of technical commissions and work groups related to aggregates, bituminous mixtures and the reincorporation of reclaimed materials.
Andras Geiger

Andras Geiger, PhD, Bitumen Quality Expert, MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company

Andras joined Hungary’s MOL in 2007 and has more than 10 years’ experience in bitumen-related research and development. He took a PhD in chemical engineering in 2009, specialising in rubber modified bitumen (RMB) products. Andras was MOL’s technical leader of prototype RMB plant construction in 2012, following the successful launch of RMB products for Hungary’s road-building sector. He helped establish standardisation processes and participated in projects aimed at improving the quality of MOL bitumen products and production efficiency. His responsibilities include supporting bitumen production and sales operations, as well as keeping abreast of technical developments in the paving industry.
Jan Erik Lundmark

Jan-Erik Lundmark, Senior Advisor Pavement Maintenance, Swedish Transport Administration

Jan-Erik Lundmark is a civil engineer at Luleå Technical University in Sweden. He has worked with road maintenance for 12 years as a contractor and 8 years in department of maintenance, Swedish Transport Administration. He is responsible for strategic questions include planning and maintaining 80 000 km of paved roads, road markings and road network measurements.

Gülay Malkoç
, Coordinator General, Turkish Asphalt Contractors Association (ASMUD)

Gülay Malkoç is Coordinator General at the Turkish Asphalt Contractors Association (ASMUD) based in Ankara. She is the member of the European Standardization Committee -CEN TC 336 for ‘Bituminous binders’ and Chairperson of National Mirror Committee of this group. She worked in European Commission as being independent evaluator for FP7 Projects. Between 2010- and 2014 she worked in European Asphalt Pavement Association (EAPA) in Brussels as Director Communication. She is still the Chairman of Health Safety Committee of EAPA.  Malkoc published several technical papers on paving grade binders, bitumen emulsions and polymer modified binders for national and international activities. 
Slawomir Novak

Slawomir Nowak, Head of Ukrainian Road Authority, Ukravtodor

Slawomir Nowak is the Acting Head of the Road State Agency of Ukraine, since October 2016. Before taking up this role, Slawomir was the General Manager the Road State Agency of Ukraine. He has also held a number of government roles in Poland, including as Minister of Transport, Construction and Maritime Economy, Head of the Prime Minister’s Office, and as a Member of the Polish Parliament. Slawomir has an MA in international relations from the University of Gdansk.
Jean Louis Pettier

Jean-Louis Pettier, Bitumen Group Category Manager, Icopal

Jean-Louis Pettier is Group Category Manager within BMI, in charge of bitumen procurement globally. He has a background in chemical engineering and has worked in the oil industry for 25 years. Jean-Louis was previously Refinery Planning Manager for Petroplus and held a number of positions at Shell, including Supply-Trading Integration Manager, UK-Ireland Supply Optimisation Manager and Europe Bitumen Supply Chain Manager. He was also General Manager of the Société Provencale des Bitumes in France.

Jose Javier Garcia Pardenilla
José Javier García Pardenilla, Managing Director, Ditecpesa Asphalt Products, Ferrovial

Javier is Manager of Ditecpesa Asphalt Products, which is one of the most important bitumen sellers and manufacturers of polymer modified bitumen and bitumen emulsions in Spain. He began his career in Ditecpesa’s technical department in 1997, and subsequently worked in the company’s industrial, financial and commercial departments before taking on his current role as manager. Javier has also helped manage the purchase of asphalt products for Ditecpesa’s parent company Ferrovial for projects throughout the world, focusing on the technological development of pavements and associated environmental concerns. Javier has outstanding knowledge of the construction and operation facilities of asphalt products including bitumen terminals, polymer modified bitumen and emulsion plants. He is also a specialist in climate change, content strategy and industrial health and safety.

Pedro Oliviera Nunes

Pedro Oliveira Nunes, Asphalt Manager, Tecnovia

Pedro Oliveira Nunes has been Asphalt Manager of Tecnovia, Sociedade de Empreitadas, since March 2015. He is responsible for the production and technical support of hot and cold asphalt mixtures at the seven asphalt plants in Portugal. Previously, Pedro was Asphalt Manager of MCA in Angola from 2012 to 2015 and was responsible for the three asphalt plants and three surfacing teams. Pedro started his career in Tecnovia in 2002 as a Junior Project Manager in the Asphalt Surfacing department.
Leticia Parra Rodriguez Technical Manager of Ditecpesa Asphalt Products Ferrovial

Leticia Parra Rodriguez
, Technical Manager of Ditecpesa Asphalt Products, Ferrovial

Leticia Rodriguez is Technical Manager of Ditecpesa Asphalt Products, which is one of the most important bitumen sellers and manufacturers of polymer modified bitumen and bitumen emulsions in Spain. She is working to launch the technological bitumen products of Ditecpesa as well as its incorporation in the international projects where Ferrovial is present, focusing on the technological development of pavements and associated environmental concerns. Leticia has outstanding knowledge of the construction and operation facilities of asphalt products including bitumen terminals, polymer modified bitumen and emulsion plants. She is also a specialist in industrial health and safety.
Jorge Sousa

Jorge Sousa, Director, Rubberized Asphalt Foundation

Dr. Jorge B. Sousa has been very active in the introduction of asphalt rubber technology in many countries. He has been the conference chairman of the Asphalt Rubber Series of Conferences as well has Green Pavements. He invented and patented the concept of reacted and activated recycled crumb rubber to produce an elastomeric asphalt extender that can be placed directly into the pug mill of an asphalt plant. He was one of the Founders and current Editor-in-Chief at Large of the International Journal of Road Materials and Pavement Design. He founded Consulpav. He is the author of hundreds of papers.
Keith Stone

Keith Stone, Pricing and Innovation Manager, Shell

Keith joined Shell Bitumen in September 2014 as Pricing Manager Europe and South Africa. Prior to this Keith held a number of strategic roles within Shell: Shell Chemicals:Polymers Market Manager, Sales & Marketing Consultancy, Global e-Commerce Manager. More recently GM Global Business Processes & Innovation Shell Bitumen. Keith holds a Master’s Degree in Polymer Science and Engineering from Loughborough University.
Lloyd 	Thomas	Vice President, Consulting Services	Argus

Lloyd Thomas
, Vice-President, Consulting Services, Argus

Lloyd Thomas is a Vice-President in Argus Consulting Services. He joined the company in 2011 and is based in the London office, where he leads bespoke market strategy, research and analysis projects for Argus’ global client base. Lloyd has experience of consulting across a wide range of commodities.  His team also delivers a range of analytical tools, data and publications to its clients. Lloyd started his career as a Strategy Consultant, spending over 11 years in the energy consulting teams at Deloitte and Ernst & Young. During this time he worked extensively across the downstream businesses of various oil companies, a nuclear facility and other infrastructure and utilities companies.  Prior to joining Argus, Lloyd led the global research and advisory team at Energy Intelligence Group.
Jonathan	Weston	Editor, Bitumen	Argus

Jonathan Weston
, Editor, Speciality Products, Argus

Jonathan Weston is the Editor of the new Argus Bitumen report, which was launched in January to cover bitumen markets in Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. This followed the launch in the Americas of Argus Americas Asphalt. Jonathan previously covered crude oil markets for Argus. He has also worked as a stockbroker and newspaper journalist.
Tomasz Borodziej, Bitumen Sales Manager, ONICO
Esteban Salinas, Director, Latin America & Caribbean, International Road Federation
Mohsen Heidarian, Commercial Director, Jey Oil Refining

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Networking Experience — Tuesday 22 May 2018

Join the sailing team building activity on Tuesday, 22 May. During this activity, you will be with sailing experts who will help you establish a parallel between sports and the business world in a fun way. Take this opportunity to network with fellow attendees in a unique setting.*


13.30 Departure from Crowne Plaza Porto hotel
14.00 Sailing activity at Douro Marina
17.00 Drop off at Crowne Plaza Porto hotel

After safety briefing, sailing experts will provide training and assign a role to each participants before taking off on the boat. During the activity, everyone will have the opportunity to manoeuvre and drive the boat.

*Separately bookable item. Please choose 'conference+networking experience' pass when you are booking your place at the conference. Transportation will be provided to/from the Crowne Plaza Porto hotel.


Main Agenda Day 1 — Wednesday 23 May 2018

08.45 Registration and Exhibition Opening
 10.00 Producer’s Welcome
Tonika Campbell, European Bitumen and Asphalt Conference Producer, Argus

Chairman’s Opening Remarks
Lloyd Thomas, Vice-President, Consulting Services, Argus

10.30 Outlook on Crude and IMO 2020: What Does this Mean for the Bitumen Market?
  • The outlook for crude markets and the impact on bitumen
  • Refinery upgrades affecting fuel oil and bitumen production
  • A decrease in high sulphur fuel oil consumption post 2020: What does this means for bitumen industry
  • Bitumen pricing and the disconnect from fuel oil
  • Changing patterns in bitumen trading – longer distance routes become normal
  • Growth markets and how bitumen demand will be met in future
Jonathan Weston, Bitumen Editor, Argus
 11.00 Future Prospects for Production and Availability of Bitumen
  • Discussing the current availability and quantity of bitumen and future prospects
  • Prospects for international partnerships in the bitumen market: Is this a sustainable source of bitumen for the European market?
  • Assessing the growing prominence of importing bitumen: What does this mean for the growth of the European bitumen industry?
Keith Stone, Bitumen Pricing Manager, Shell International Petroleum Company
11.30  Morning Refreshments Break
12.15 Bitumen: A Boutique Product, Not a Commodity
  • Creating a customer-centric product
  • Changing the mindset of bitumen production
  • Adding value to the product and the user
  • Enhancing the performance of road bitumen and reducing environmental impacts
  • Environmental sustainability in production and storage
Sergio Bovo, General Manager, Alma Petroli SPA
Ventraco Case Study

Networking Lunch

14.30 Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement(RAP): Requirements and Specifications
  • Assessing specification and durability in line with transportation and pavement requirements
  • Analysing the role of specification and warm-mixing asphalt when recycling 
  • Reconstruction and resurfacing: Creating a high-quality, well graded product
  • The importance of improving the quality of bitumen to produce sustainable roads
  • Assessing the business case for durability vs price
Pedro Nunes, Quality Control Manager, Tecnovia
15.00 Perspectives of the Ukrainian Asphalt Market
  • Corridors connecting EU with Eastern Europe and TEN-T :Challenges associated with these connections
  • Reforming the road sector in Ukraine
  • Assessing current road construction projects in Ukraine
  • Analysing local challenges: How does this affect the wider market?
Slawomir Nowak, Head of Ukrainian Road Authority, Ukravtodor
15.30 Afternoon Refreshment Break
 16.15 Regional Focused Roundtables

These roundtables offer you the chance to join the group of your choice and to be led in discussion by an industry leader in that sector. This is an ideal opportunity to ease into the more informal networking of the evening, enjoying a drink while you meet delegates with similar interests and concerns.

The conference team will be in touch with you in the run-up to the conference to ask you to select the table of your choice – or if you would like to suggest a topic/leader for a discussion then contact

Roundtable One: Northwest Europe
Your Expert Leader: Jean-Louis Pettier, Bitumen Group Category Manager, BMI

Roundtable Two: Eastern Europe

Your Expert Leader: Filip Djurovic, Director of Bitumen Sales Sector, NIS Gazprom Neft

Roundtable Three: The Mediterranean
Your Expert Leader: Alfonso Berrocal, Bitumen and Oil Products Trader, Gulf Petrochem

Roundtable Four: Western Hemisphere – Americas and Caribbean
Your Expert Leader: Esteban Salinas, Director, Latin America & Caribbean, International Road Federation
17.00  Roundtable Leader Conclusions
17.15 Chairperson’s Closing Remarks and End of Day One
Lloyd Thomas, Vice-President, Consulting Services, Argus
Networking Drinks Reception - Cálem Port House Tour *

Join your colleagues for a port house tour with local port tasting included, followed by some informal drinks and canapes – an opportunity to cement new relationships and to catch up with old and new friends in the sector.

*Transportation between the Crown Plaza hotel and the Cálem Port House will be provided.


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Main Agenda Day 2 — Thursday 24 May 2018

09.30 Registration and Exhibition Opening
Chairperson's Recap
Lloyd Thomas, Vice-President, Consulting Services, Argus
2020 IMO and the Supply of Bitumen vs Rubber Modified Bitumen
  • Analysing bitumen production with different types of crudes: Where are we now and what further preparation can be made?
  • Analysing the landscape of rubber modified bitumen production in Hungary
  • Utilization of rubber crumbs derived from waste tyres
  • A fully economical and environmentally friendly product: Increasing the quality of bitumen binders for road construction
  • If there is a decrease in supply, what does this mean for road development?
  • What does a reduction in vacuum residue output mean for asphalt usability? 
Andras Geiger, PhD, Bitumen Quality Expert, MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company

11.00 Eastern European Market Update
  • New sources of supply in the region
  • Assessing how new infrastructure investment is fuelling demand
  • Outlook in this region, and how this affects the global picture
Tomasz Borodziej, Bitumen Sales Manager, ONICO
11.30 Morning Refreshment Break
Assessing Iranian Production and Supply 
  • Analysing production and volume in Iran
  • Identifying sustainable sources of bitumen in a variety of specifications
  • Does an increase in shipping mean more dominance for the Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern market in Europe?
  • Evaluating logistics systems and storage facilities 
Mohsen Heidarian, Commercial Director, Jey Oil Refining 
12.30  Examining Resilience and Rejuvenation in Road Construction
  • Analysing the resilience of roads to extreme weather conditions
  • Sustainability in procurement and ongoing projects
  • Sustainability and recycling: How does this alter the planning and preparation of roads
  • Assessing the changes in demand for versatile bitumen to create versatile road construction 
  • Transportation and opportunity for construction in the inner city: Building or repaving?
Jan-Erik Lundmark, Senior Advisor Pavement Maintenance, Swedish Transport Administration
Pavement Preservation and Rejuvenation to Maintain Value of Roads
  • Self-driving Car Asphalt Pavements; present day Outlook
  • Determining new focuses of pavements: Cyclists, pedestrians and different climates
  • Assessing the need to reduce the temperature in pavement works
  • Mastering Asphalt Performance Project; the nano and microstructure of asphalt pavements 
  • The use of waste and recycling: Rubber from roads, to recycling asphalt in pavements
  • Analysing the growth in the use of wrapping for recycling
José Javier García Pardenilla, Managing Director of Ditecpesa Asphalt Products, Ferrovial
Leticia Parra Rodriguez, Technical Manager of Ditecpesa Asphalt Products, Ferrovial
13.30 Networking Lunch Break
14.30 Producing Environmentally-friendly Bitumen
  • Assessing the use of rubber to create a greener product and increase its sustainability
  • Analysing the use of cooking units in refineries: What impact will this have on the volume of production?
  • Incorporating recycled tyre rubber into bitumen mixes to increase their sustainability and performance
  • Critiquing the value and price of adding this product to your refinery
  • Contemplating sulphur: What to do with the sulphur content of the product
Jorge Sousa, Director, Rubberized Asphalt Foundation
15.00 Asphalt Rejuvenation: Sustainable Processes for a Greener Product
  • Self-healing technology: A greener product with high performance 
  • How will bitumen be used in the future?
  • Restoring bitumen to 100pc: The role of additives and modifiers in recycling
  • Does the future lie in investing in technology, or in using modifiers and emulsions to improve asphalt or bitumen quality?
  • Recycling asphalt in volatile markets: Strategies to ensure asphalt recycling when bitumen prices are low
Gülay Malkoç, Technical Director, Turkish Asphalt Contractors Association (ASMUD)
15.30 Closing Remarks and End of Conference
Lloyd Thomas, Vice-President, Consulting Services, Argus

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Unique sailing networking experience - team building activity

Welcome on Board! Join the unique sailing networking experience at this year's Argus European and Asphalt 2018, taking place Tuesday 22 May. During this team building exercise you will be with sailing experts who will help you establish a parallel between sports and the business world in a healthy and fun way. Don't miss your chance to build long term relationship with fellow attendees in a unique setting!

Only available to registered delegates on a first come first serve basis – book now to attend the event for your chance to join this unmissable networking experience*

Highlights of the networking experience include:

  • Private transportation from the Crowne Plaza hotel
  • A fun and exciting activity at Marina do Douro
  • An official briefing and introduction to the activity from a sailing expert
  • Each participant will be assigned a specific function 
  • You will have an opportunity to manoeuvre and drive the boat

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*Sailing experience cost: €350/person

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For more information about Argus European Bitumen and Asphalt event, please contact us:
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Private meeting rooms

With delegates from more than 100 companies attending the conference - securing meeting space is essential if you want to maximise business at this event. By reserving your own private meeting room you can schedule appointments efficiently and be sure of welcoming your potential business partners in the most professional way. This unique opportunity is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, please email us for more information.

Benefits of booking meeting rooms and suites through us include:

  • Private area to conduct your meetings
  • Company name advertised on the conference website
  • Your meeting room will be advertised on signage throughout the hotel
  • Meeting room door signage (company name and logo)
  • Option to order food and refreshments for your meeting room
  • Recommended AV equipment suppliers for your requirements

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Who you could you meet

Argus European Bitumen and Asphalt has become the definitive meeting place for organisations from across the full bitumen and asphalt supply chain, including construction companies, traders, suppliers, blenders/modifiers, governmental and regional representatives, logistics and infrastructure, additives and chemicals, technology and service providers, and many more.

Information Click here to review the 2017 sample delegate list

A sample of regular company attendees 

  • LOTOS Asfalt
  • Colas International
  • Lafarge Tarmac
  • Shell International Petroleum
  • Tupras
  • OMV Petrol Ofisi
  • MOL
  • Repsol
  • Shell
  • BB Energy Trading
  • Vitol
  • Repsol
  • Nynas
  • Cargill
  • Asphaltos Trade
  • Puma Energy
  • Swedish Transportation Administration

A sample of regular attendees by job title

  • CEO / Managing Director / President
  • Director of Operations
  • Head of Purchasing
  • General Manager - Strategic Procurement
  • Global Bitumen Manager
  • Sourcing Manager
  • Export Manager
  • Chartering
  • Supply Chain Mananger
  • Overseas Procurement Manager
  • Technical Director
  • Products Trader
  • Commercial Manager
  • Shipbroker
  • Bitumen Manager
  • Policy Director
  • Head of New Markets Development
  • Heavy Fuels Trader
  • International Sales Manager
  • Bitumen and Sulphur Supply Manager
  • Vice President, Bitumen

For more information about Argus European Bitumen and Asphalt 2018, please contact us on the details below:

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Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors and Exhibitors


Technology Sponsors 

Ventraco offers a complete range of solutions for performance controlled bitumen. Worldwide, the quality of bitumen is decreasing due to improved technologies to get fuels out of crude oil. Increasingly, the regular use of bitumen has to be controlled and improved by additives in order to reach an acceptable quality.  

The need to introduce additives into the asphalt mixes or by blending them into the bitumen, requires a knowledge centre with high quality test devices and solutions. Ventraco decided to invest in such a centre and The Ventraco Innovation Centre was ready to launch in 2015. Due to the growing market, VIC develops, tests and distributes many special additives for the asphalt market.



Iterchimica, founded in 1967, is one of the leading international producers of chemical additives used in road asphalt pavements. The secret of the company’s success is the constant innovation and expansion of technologies that enhance asphalt performance by improving safety, efficiency and environmental sustainability. This is the mission of a company whose products, used in over 70 countries, are "accompanied" by human resources know-how and operational skills know-that that make all the difference. Iterchimica's main products are: anti-stripping agents, hot and cold rejuvenators, flux oils, emulsifiers, fibers and polymers, mortars, paints, clear binders, low-noise technologies and antismog additives.

Matest L

Established in 1986, Matest is the world leading manufacturer of material testing equipment for the construction industry. 
Matest offers a complete range of testing systems for on-site and laboratory tests on aggregates, rocks, bitumen, asphalt, concrete, cement, mortar, steel and soil, representing the ideal partner for anyone working in the construction and civil engineering industries. The company motto Innovative. Global. Manufacturer. remarks our added values.

Meeting Room Sponsor

Vitol logo

Valt is a leader in global asphalt trading, storage and transportation. Committed to providing logistical solutions to deliver asphalt to our customers worldwide, we have hubs in Geneva, London, USA and Singapore and operate one of the world’s largest ISO asphalt container fleets. 
We handle parcel sizes from 20 metric tons up to 44,000 metric tons and can supply most international grades of bitumen to meet client requirements.
Formed in March 2016, Valt combines the expertise of the Vitol Group, the world’s leading independent energy trader, and Sargeant Marine, the world’s largest asphalt trading, storage and transportation business.


Sandvik L   
The Sandvik Rotoform® process combines the patented drop deposition technology with a steel belt cooler to create a granulation system capable of delivering granules of highly uniform shape and stability thus minimizing dust generation during later handling operations. The granules are dry, free flowing and ideal for storage, blending and further processing. The solidification process itself is environmentally friendly since the cooling media (water) is recycled. Moreover product and water are never in direct contact which completely avoids the risk of cross-contamination. With more than 2000 installations for many different applications all over the world, the Sandvik Rotoform® process is a well-respected and proven technology.


Cesur L

Cesur is a family owned company producing FIBCs and all relevant accessories at his vertically integrated facilities located at İstanbul on 50.000 m2 land. Production and global network communication within Cesur is organised following stringent quality measures of ISO9001:2015, ISO14001:2015 and BRC-IoP awarded by SGS. Customer service focused approach, innovation in new fields, investing in high-end technology providing nature friendly, sustainable future for next generations and supporting our employees for a brighter future have always been our vision as well as fundamental of our success. We are your reliable solution provider.
Galp Energia
Galp is an integrated energy player with activities that span from the exploration and production of oil and natural gas and power generation, to refining, marketing and sales across four continents. Being part of Galp’s Group, Galp Marketing International (GMI) is the company focused on the distribution of oil products to all geographies outside the Iberian Peninsula. With a growing international presence and direct investment in five African countries, GMI has around 150 service stations and 21 storage facilities. Additionally, GMI also exports lubricants, bitumen and base oils to more than 50 countries.

Networking Sponsor

Viachem L
VIACHEM wants to assert itself in the leadership of the specialized distribution of chemicals with an adequate portfolio of products ranging from raw materials, additives to other chemicals specifically intended for the supply to the asphalt road and urban paving industries, petrochemicals, as well as specific chemicals for multiple industrial applications.

With transnational talent and a Working Together spirit we create sustainable partnerships to provide innovative solutions. We rely on skilled capacity to procurement and sourcing in the universe of the most competitive international markets where we operate, either by participating directly in the execution of projects, or in the implementation of new constructive solutions.

VIACHEM is one of the few European companies with full REACH registration (since May 2013) for the substance POLYPHOSPHORIC ACID (PPA) as asphalt bitumen additive. 

In addition to supplying a specific range of products, VIACHEM provides a series of services, together with the right partners, that includes the development and construction of equipment for the bitumen industry.

“The recent Europe Bitumen conference was the most significant industry event I had attended in a long time. The attendants profile and the importance / relevance of subjects is at top level. Key decision makers, from customers to suppliers were present, making it a very relevant event." - Peter Ross, General Manager, Specialities - Europe and South Africa, Shell

A wide range of sponsorship and exhibiting options are available for many budgets that are proved to deliver a high return on your investment. Sponsorship packages can include:

  • Industry recognition with your logo and link on conference website, marketing materials, signage, and projection screen
  • Exhibition space in high-traffic areas where delegates register, network and enjoy refreshments
  • Distribution of literature on every conference seat
  • Full colour advertisement in the conference book
  • In-publication recognition in conference ads and notices distributed to Argus subscribers
  • Multiple delegate passes and discounted sponsor rates for your clients
  • Branded sponsorship for networking events such as luncheons, receptions and breaks
  • Private boardroom to set meetings with delegates attending the event

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the Argus Europe Bitumen & Asphalt 2018 conference, please contact

Mazhar Khoja:

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Conference Venue


Crowne Plaza Porto
Avenida da Boavista, 1466, Porto
4100-114 Portugal
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Refined central Porto hotel with fine dining and wellness lounge in the central Boavista district, our Crowne Plaza® Porto hotel is a short walk from Porto Botanical Garden and concerts at the futuristic Casa da Música. Gastronomic treats at Bom Sucesso market are 15 minutes' walk from the hotel while the historic district of Ribeira is 15 minutes' drive away. Closer still is the Serralves cultural centre, with a modern art museum, an art deco villa and a park. Enjoy the waves at the chic beach area of Foz, also within easy reach. 


We are pleased to offer discounted accommodation rates in the conference venue, exclusively to our conference delegates. We suggest to reserve your room as soon as possible as the number of discounted rate rooms are limited and it will be given out on a first comes first served basis. For more information, please email

Accommodation costs are not included in the conference fee.


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General Enquiries
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Registration / Group Bookings / Accommodation Enquiries
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Speaking / Panelist Opportunities 
Tonika Campbell
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Sponsorship Opportunities
Mazhar Khoja
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Media and Partnerships
Lucy Clouting
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