Puma Energy appoints new Technical Manager

Major construction for Victoria’s Drysdale Bypass is on track to begin in September, following the award of an early works contract on the $117 million project.Puma Energy has appointed Dr Erik Denneman as its Middle East and Asia Pacific Technical Manager.

Dr. Denneman said he will draw from his longstanding experience of transferring new technologies between different countries and jurisdictions, enabling the faster adoption of new bitumen products across the world.

Dr. Denneman joins Puma Bitumen from the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association, where he was Director of Technology and Leadership. He will be responsible for driving Puma Bitumen’s commitment to new product development and innovation, and quality management.

Puma Bitumen sources high quality bitumen, as well as manufacturing and supplying a full range of bituminous products across the world — from standard and hard paving grades, to polymer modified binders and other speciality grades.

Dr. Denneman will also be responsible for driving sustainability across the sector.

In previous roles, Dr. Denneman has worked on leading the introduction of crumb rubber from waste tyres as an elastomer in bitumen. He has also played a key role in transferring high modulus asphalt technology to South Africa and Australia, which leads to thinner, more sustainable roads.

“By producing higher performance innovative solutions, we can look towards introducing thinner, more durable roads, that are also more cost effective for the industry,” Dr. Denneman said.

“Based at Melbourne’s renowned technical centre, i’ll be at the very hub of an impressive global technical network, which puts innovation at the heart of every process.”

Puma Energy Global Bitumen Trading Operations & Technical Manager Neal Lewis said Dr. Denneman’s leading technical expertise will be an invaluable addition to the business.

“His experience and knowledge are ideal for providing the best possible support for our valued customers, leading product development and innovation and working collaboratively with government and road authorities to drive the industry forward.”

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