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Colored Asphalt – The changing face of road construction in India

With higher push on infrastructure development over the last couple of years, the road construction industry in India is undergoing a paradigm shift. Strong demand, higher investments, innovative and emerging technologies are reshaping the dynamics of road construction with renewed focus on sustainable development. These technologies include use of improved materials for road construction such as recycled materials, plastic wastes, asphalt, etc.

Emphasizing on recycled materials and reducing the amount of energy required to produce asphalt are trends shaping the road construction. Low-temperature asphalt is one outcome of these developments. Asphalt’s core ingredients are aggregate, bitumen, additives and air. Bitumen is produced in various grades of hardness. Depending on the mix and grade of bitumen used, it is possible to lay road surfaces to meet a wide variety of requirements.

Colored asphalt is increasingly being used not only in road construction but also in gardens and landscape architecture. Colored asphalt pavement can be used to differentiate bike paths from roads and direct traffic. It is also ideally suited to highlight dangerous points or making areas attractive. For e.g. functional colour differentiation can highlight pedestrian and bicycle paths, thus increasing the safety of road users.

LANXESS offers Bayferrox® and Colortherm® pigments that are suitable for the colouring of bituminous mixtures used as the raw materials for all asphalt types, such as grid mastic asphalt, noise-reducing and semi-rigid asphalt or asphalt concrete. The color is influenced mainly by the type of bitumen used. Dark bitumens are most commonly colored red using inherently heat-stable iron oxide red pigments with high tinting strength. By using a clear polymer bitumen, the color spectrum can be extended to even yellow or green surfaces.

LANXESS pigments provide further decisive benefits. Bayferrox® 130 A red pigment, for example, provides the highest heat stability on the market. Being produced via the Laux-Process, the product’s colour is not influenced even at the high manufacturing temperatures which are applied during the production of mastic asphalt. Bayferrox® 130 A is also available in low-melt PE bags which can be dosed manually directly into the asphalt mix.


LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.6 billion in 2021. The company currently has about 15,100 employees in 33 countries. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good.


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