Where it all started


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Much Binder (Pty) Limited was formed by Murray Stewart and Clifford Harris and established its first asphalt premix supply plant at Tableview Quarry. After successfully bidding for contracts such as a major Cape Town City Council tender, it expanded its operations with the establishment of a plant at Peak Quarry in Eerste River.


The company changed its name to Much Asphalt (Pty) Limited and established a permanent branch in Port Elizabeth. In 1970 the company was awarded the largest single asphalt supply contract at the time for the supply of premix for the then Jan Smuts Airport. Soon after it started operating tankers and tippers and established a permanent branch in East London.




In 1973 Much secured a long-term supply agreement with the Port Elizabeth City Council. Lucrative and prestigious contracts were secured over the next 10 years and in 1983 the company developed the first wet blend method bitumen rubber asphalt for trials on the N2 freeway.

This culminated in the landmark decision to overlay an existing concrete section of the N2 with bitumen rubber asphalt in 1985.


Murray and Roberts acquired 100% of the shareholding in the company and in the next three years the company embarked on a quality assurance programme, established a central laboratory accredited by SANAS, and achieved ISO 9001 certification for three of its branches.




The company disposed of its transport division to Unitrans to focus on its asphalt operations. In 1994 it established a plant in Zambia and successfully completed the Lusaka Southern Freeway.


Much Asphalt became part of Colas South Africa and its operating plants were regionalised within this new structure. A plant was established in Namibia to supply specific contracts. In 1999 all Colas operations were structured under a single management team and the following year the binder operation was disposed to Colas France and the paving operation was incorporated in Murray & Roberts Civils. This left only the premix operation, which reverted to its original name, Much Asphalt (Pty) Limited.



A merger between Asphalt Services and Much Asphalt’s East London branch in January 2008 resulted in the formation of East Coast Asphalt with plants in East London and Mthatha. The union was a win-win for both, with East Coast Asphalt better placed in terms of facilities and skills to meet the needs of its markets.



On 1 November 2013 Much Asphalt became an independent entity following its acquisition from Murray & Roberts by a consortium led by Capitalworks Private Equity.


Much Asphalt celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015 and in the same year expanded its reach with the acquisition of Spray Pave (Pty) Ltd from Basil Read. Spray Pave is one of South Africa’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of bitumen, modified binders and emulsions for road construction in South Africa and joined Much Asphalt with 34 years of experience.


In early 2018 AECI acquired Much Asphalt from Capitalworks. AECI is a South African-based company providing products and services to the mining, water treatment, plant and animal health, food and beverage, infrastructure and general industrial sectors. It has businesses in Africa, Europe, South East Asia, North America and Australia.


The Much Asphalt group, including East Coast Asphalt and Spray Pave, was certified as a B-BBEE Level 1 Contributor against the Amended Construction Sector Codes with effect from 12 November 2018.