The road construction industry has been witnessing steady growth in developed regions and rapid growth in emerging economies driven by urbanization, need for increase in infrastructure facilities and freight and passenger road transportation turnover volumes, and increasing investment by governmental agencies. Producing new materials to reduce laying costs as well as to offer innovative attributes such as self healing, use of wastes as fillers to eliminate landfills are some of the key focus areas that impact the R&D in this industry.
The High-Tech Materials Alert provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications and strategic insights on various materials across industries. Some material technologies include light weight materials, bio–based materials, ceramics, smart materials, fibers, nanomaterials, responsive materials, polymers, woven and non woven materials, polymers and plastics and packaging materials.
The Materials and Coatings cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries.
Keywords: road construction, insulating concrete, road laying, self-heating asphalt, waste plastic