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Innovation has always been an integral part of Much Asphalt’s business and is what differentiates the company from its competitors.  From the start Much has continually improved its products and processes to remain competitive in its markets.

As Much Asphalt grew into the biggest supplier of asphalt in the country it embraced the responsibility that came with it – ensuring that South Africa remains at the forefront of new technologies in the asphalt industry.  This entails frequent study tours to the major asphalt producing countries in Europe and the USA to identify technologies – both asphalt mixes and asphalt manufacturing equipment and processes – that can benefit the local industry and then transferring these technologies to South Africa.

As Much Asphalt grew into the biggest supplier of asphalt in the country it embraced the responsibility that came with it – ensuring that South Africa remains at the forefront of new technologies in the asphalt industry.

This entails frequent study tours to the major asphalt producing countries in Europe and the USA to identify technologies – both asphalt mixes and asphalt manufacturing equipment and processes – that can benefit the local industry and then transferring these technologies to South Africa.

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Just a few of the technologies successfully introduced by Much Asphalt over the years are bitumen rubber asphalt (BRA) from the USA, stone mastic asphalt (SMA) from Germany, and ultra-thin friction course (UTFC) from France.

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Increased traffic volumes and axle loads have necessitated modification of normal penetration grade binder to improve the rutting resistance of our asphalt and this resulted in the development of modified binders.

Based on wholly South African designs, systems installed are designed to produce the highest quality products in compliance with the ISO 9001:2000 quality management system.

RECYCLED ASPHALT

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The use of recycled asphalt (RA) in the manufacture of asphalt was started in the late 1970s and early 1980s and Much Asphalt was actively involved in the introduction of RA to asphalt mixes after intensive investigations of best practice around the world, as well as the introduction of various warm mix asphalt (WMA) technologies more recently.  Both have significant environmental benefits.

Much Asphalt also participated in the Rutmix Challenge to the asphalt industry by the Gauteng Province Department of Roads back in 2006.  This challenge laid the groundwork for the rutting specification that will be included in the new Asphalt Mix Design Manual for South Africa (AMDMSA).