The company has a team of technicians specialised in the development of new products and to continuously make new improvement. This work, along with quality control, is developed in the research laboratory.
Sorigué has historically been recognized as a benchmark for the quality of its products in the asphalt and aggregates industry. In its commitment to innovation and sustainability, in 2010 Sorigué created its own research laboratory, with a clear aim to deepen its knowledge of different materials and consolidate its experience, creating an internal control centre for materials manufactured onsite.
This control centre located in the industrial complex of La Plana del Corb, has a highly qualified technical team, provided with the latest equipment and modern technologies used for testing materials, which can only be found in specialised laboratories. The laboratory work focuses on three areas: control, design and research.
Periodically, articles are published in journals related to the different studies carried out. Among the awards given to Sorigué, those that stand out are the Emulsar International Prize 2010 for scientific research in bituminous emulsions, and the EU recognition for the Phoenix Project, the largest investigation in the field of asphalt pavements in Spain.
Between 2012 and 2018, the research laboratory have carried out these R&D+i projects, among others:
Tubotex: project with the objective of manufacturing pipelines using technology based on new materials which will replace reinforced concrete in the production of large-scale pipelines. The project is approved by the Management Board of the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), and also has support from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
New ultrafine mix positioning system (AUTL-PLUS): a project which optimizes the functional characteristics of a high-performance wearing course with regard to friction, guaranteeing the thinnest layer and achieving greater robustness. The project is being financed by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) and by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
High-performance bituminous mixtures using new lowtemperature technologies (MB2t): developed by a consortium of five top companies lead by Sorigué, in collaboration with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), with finances from the Spanish Center for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI).
Project Neoballast: the creation of a durable, Eco-friendly, and high-performance ballast. The new design hopes to solve two major problems of railway tracks: track degradation, and noise and vibrations. This project is a part of the Horizon 2020 program, which is being undertaken in collaboration with COMSA, Dynamics, Structures and Systems International, Talleres Felipe Verdés and Mapei.
High performance coldrecycling emulsion: developed by Sorigué, the ECL2REC emulsion allows the early creation of a more cohesive mix, which makes it a sustainable option for the structural rehabilitation of aging pavements.
Efficient use of milling: Sorigué has exclusively researched the use of in-plant recycling to increase efficiency.
Project Albepav: the development of ambient temperature mixtures that use recycled glass to reduce the “heat island” effect of pavement, in collaboration with COMSA and Progeo.
Bimodal Emulsions: a project to improve the viscosity of current emulsions by using a differential distribution of differently-sized particles. Developed exclusively by Sorigué.