Actop Asphalt, a leading South African manufacturer of hot and cold asphalt, will use the 12th Conference on Asphalt Pavements for Southern Africa (Capsa 2019) to showcase its cutting-edge prowess in asphalt production.
At Capsa 2019 – to be held from 13-16 October at Sun City, South Africa – visitors can look forward to interacting with leading asphalt manufacturer Actop Asphalt and learn how its innovations can help the road construction sector, not only in South Africa, but across the southern African region at large.
Boasting leading edge asphalt mixing technologies, the company manufactures both top quality hot and cold mix asphalt, allowing it to offer tailored mixes for specific applications. Added to that is its logistical and technical prowess to produce unique asphalt-based products at various locations within its network.
“Considering that Capsa only happens after every four years, it is a great opportunity to engage with a broad spectrum of practitioners and industry players to exchange ideas with an emphasis on road building and maintenance in southern Africa,” says Francois Kemp, MD of Actop Asphalt.
This year’s Capsa comes at a time when the construction industry is battling both the downward trend in project rollout and the disruption in the industry owing to the technological revolution. In line with this year’s theme – Leadership and innovation to preserve and enhance the value of the region’s roads within a rapidly changing world – Actop Asphalt will showcase some of its capabilities that provide solutions to some of the industry’s current setbacks.
“As part of our continuous improvement strategy, we have recently extended our portfolio with investments into two bitumen modifying plants which are co-located with our Leandra and Meyerton plants. We have also championed the use of cold asphalt mix with our investments in a cold mix plant and a bagging facility,” says Kemp.
The company is also among the very few asphalt producers pioneering the use of Ultra-Thin Friction Course (UTFC) on South African roads. UTFC has a number of functional properties and advantages over other conventional asphalt paving procedures and products. In a region where potholes are a major headache on roads, Actop’s cold mix asphalt provides permanent pothole repair, outlasting the asphalt surrounding the pothole. It is also easy to apply and no heating is required.
Kemp says this year’s show also comes at a time when the road construction industry is facing a tough business cycle in South Africa due to limited infrastructure rollout by government. He reasons that during these tough economic times, it’s important for industry players to engage with experts in asphalt production to make the most of the few projects available. “Ensuring high quality asphalt installation is important to every construction project’s end result. Finding the balance between cost and value within the project’s budget, and determining how to get the most bang for the buck, are often key parts of every project,” concludes Kemp.