BITUMEN is a thick, dark viscous substance – a natural by-product of the distillation of crude oil with a chemical composition of approximately 80% carbon, 10% hydrogen, 6% sulphur, 1% oxygen and 1% nitrogen. Trace metals in the form of inorganic salts give BITUMEN the ability to survive various weather conditions. When hardened through a tat cooling process, and mixed with a pebble-based aggregate, BITUMEN’s weather-resistant longevity makes it an ideal main ingredient in the production of asphalt (a mixture of sand, gravel and crushed rock Z. combined with BITUMEN, which acts as the binding agent) used for the 03, paving of roads. Apart from its use in the construction of roads, BITUMEN is also a powerful sealant used for laying roofs, soundproofing, and waterproofing a wide range of materials;
BITUMEN has a wide variety of applications. Although resembling each other and exhibiting similar physical property, BITUMEN and tar are not the same. BITUMEN is a heavy molecule resulting from the refining of petroleum crude oil, while tar is the bi-product of burning coal. In fact, tar is known to contain carcinogenic compounds, which are bio-available and can adversely affect human health.
To create value for our business and social partners through safely and responsibly exploring, mining and marketing our products. Our primary focus is bentonite, but we will pursue value creating opportunities in other minerals where we can leverage our existing assets, skills and experience to enhance the delivery of value.
Our strategy for growing our mining business is based around three pillars:
optimizing the existing core business;
achieving organic and sustainable growth;
and identifying growth beyond the core business.