Press release
April 8, 2019

New success for DEGAROUTE® in Egypt

500 kilometers application on a new major highway

DEGAROUTE® recently won a new key project in Egypt covering 250 kilometers of Cairo-Sharm El Sheikh highway in both directions, a total of 500 kilometers. The first trial for this road started in October 2018 in cooperation with local formulator, Balsam.

“We started from scratch with educating Balsam on how to formulate cold plastic roadmaking using DEGAROUTE®. At that stage, we were developing the interest of this new technology in the Egyptian market, so we organized joint technical Lab trainings in Germany for Balsam in addition to providing technical support locally and supervising the production trial and the commercial production” said Ahmed Nousser, Business Manager for Coating & Adhesive Resins in Evonik Egypt.

“Our company strategy is quality and cost-effective road safety development and we successfully achieved our strategy with DEGAROUTE®products” said Eng. Mohamed El Sayed, Owner of Balsam.

Each of the two directions of Cairo-Sharm El Sheikh highway project has two interrupted lines extruded via DEGAROUTE® 465 and two long edge lines sprayed with DEGAROUTE® 655 with a thickness of 2.5 mm on the extruded line and 600micron on the spray line. In order to avoid the heat and the exposure to the sun, the application takes place during night and in the early mornings with the completion of the entire project expected in April.

Today, DEGAROUTE® is used in multiple locations in Egypt with Cairo-Sharm El Sheikh, Ismailia-Port Said and Cairo-Sokhna Highways being the most prominent ones. With the current economic reforms in the country, DEGAROUTE® business has significant opportunity especially with the Egyptian government spending heavily on roads and infrastructure.

“Looking at the speed of this development and the magnitude of our success I have to say that I am very content. Only our team effort, Balsam on one side and the collaboration within the Evonik team in Egypt, UAE and Germany on the other did make this happen” Nousser added.

Company information

Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. The focus on more specialty businesses, customer-oriented innovative prowess and a trustful and performance-oriented corporate culture form the heart of Evonik’s corporate strategy. They are the lever for profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company. Evonik benefits specifically from its customer proximity and leading market positions. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world with more than 36,000 employees. In fiscal 2018, the enterprise generated sales of €15 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of €2.6 billion.


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