FEATURES Nature in the driving seat How our Ecosel road salt additive is making driving safer Our scientists have mimicked the ability of some animals to withstand the cold. Product snapshot Additive for de-icing brine Fully biodegradable Prevents frost damage to road surfaces Lower maintenance costs and safer roads The product mimics the ability of some animals to survive even when up to 65 percent of the liquids in their bodies freeze. More about Ecosel Inspired by nature Winter can play havoc with road pavements, resulting in dangerous driving conditions and hefty repair bills for road authorities. So anything that can help prevent cracks and what’s known as raveling (loss of material from the surface) is likely to make roads considerably safer while also saving money. Inspired by the ability of some animals to prevent ice forming in their bodies, scientists at our Industrial Chemicals business have developed an innovative additive for salt, which is known as Ecosel AsphaltProtection. AkzoNobel case study - How do you make roads safer? Prevents frost damage Fully biodegradable, it prevents the development of frost damage to road surfaces by slowing the freezing process, resulting in soft, slushy ice rather than hard, abrasive ice. Substantial savings The product can prevent up to 50 percent of raveling development caused by frost – leading to substantial savings in maintenance and repair budgets, less disturbance to traffic and lifetime extension of asphalt, not to mention safer and better conditions for drivers.