Planes at East Midlands airport are putting a new asphalt surfacing to the test on a resurfaced section of the airfield's concrete runway. Super AirMat is a thin surfacing system developed for airfield use by Aggregate Industries UK and Shell Bitumen UK. Special properties within the material give it a smooth negative texture which provides, it is claimed, a high degree of skid resistance and helps disperse rainwater from the surface. It can also be laid in one pass. A specially developed polymer modified elastomeric binder gives the asphalt mix a high level of adhesion and cohesion.