Actop Asphalt Company Profile

Part of the Actophambili Group, a household name in the South African road construction sector, Actop Asphalt is a leading supplier of asphalt products. Established in September 2014, we commissioned our first plant in early 2015. Within a space of three years, we now operate a total of four asphalt plants with a combined capacity of 560 tonnes per hour. The plants are operating in strategic locations, providing our customers with top-quality, innovative asphalt products and services. As one of the country’s leading asphalt producers, Actop Asphalt combines the flexibility, speed and in-depth market knowledge of the local road construction business with its quality drive, shared expertise and operational experience of the executive team, to offer unprecedented service levels.

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[Johannesburg, 09 October 2019]: 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.

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Actop contact:
Francois Kemp
Managing Director
Tel: +27 (0) 11 395 3346
Email: francois@actop.co.za

Media contact:
Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: +27 (0) 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za

[Johannesburg, 5 February 2019]: Actop Asphalt, a leading producer of innovative asphalt products, has donated both the asphalt and construction of a new parking area for Pretoria-based New Hope School, a non-profit organisation and one of the largest schools for special needs education.

In a kind gesture that has helped improve a big and critical area of New Hope School, Actop Asphalt, part of the Actophambili Group, has donated 40 tonnes of its Fine Mix, a new asphalt product within its product portfolio, as well as taking care of the costs of paving the school’s parking area.

Karen Meyer of New Hope School says the school is very thankful for this act of kindness by Actop Asphalt. “We thank them for being a friend of the school and helping us to improve a big area of the school that really needed a lot of attention,” she says.

The paving of the school’s parking area, undertaken by Leadway Roads on behalf of Actop Asphalt, has made a big difference to the setup of the parking lot at the school. It was such a significant project for the school. Every time it rained, the parking area was a no-go area due to resultant muddy conditions. For teachers to go in and out of the school was just a nightmare.

“Whenever it rained, it was just a big mess. During dry seasons, the area also produced a lot of dust, which is not ideal given its proximity to the playground. Actop’s kind gesture is such a big relief on our tight budget and we are very thankful for such a big donation,” says Meyer.

Apart from providing the much needed parking for the teachers, Meyer adds that the new carports can now be used for the school’s Entrepreneurs’ Days because of the smooth and neat surface area. “It can also be used for functions, for example, it can be rented out to the Woodwork Association for its exhibitions,” says Meyer.

Francois Kemp, MD of Actop Asphalt, says the donation was motivated by the company’s understanding that business is not separate from society, but inextricably bound to the fortunes of it. “It was a significant project for the school because they really needed it and we are glad we could help. Getting in and out of the school whenever it rained was just a nightmare for the teachers,” says Kemp.

Kemp says Actop Asphalt, and the Actophambili Group at large, believes that it is very much in the interests of any company to be a good corporate citizen, and that should take sustainable development as its starting point, with a view to working towards sustainable development of communities. 

The Actop donation was for a worthy cause. Today New Hope School has 410 learners receiving education ranging from preschool to matric, as well as vocational and life skills. These are learners from diverse cultural backgrounds, each with a disability such as cerebral palsy, physical disability, traumatic head injury or specific learning disability.

The project benefitted from Actop’s newest member of its product portfolio, the Fine Mix, which is specifically designed for parking areas, driveways and small works around buildings. It is produced at Actop’s Meyerton Plant. “We are still testing the market with this product. However, it has already made an early impact as we have sold about 2 000-3 000 tonnes to date. Of note is that we recently had a big order of about 1 000 tonnes,” concludes Kemp.

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Actop contact:

Francois Kemp
Managing Director

Tel: +27 (0) 11 395 3346
Email: francois@actop.co.za

Media contact:
Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications

Tel: +27 (0) 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za 
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za

 

[Johannesburg, 22 November 2018]: To remain competitive in a tough South African construction market, Actop Asphalt has extended its service portfolio with investments in two bitumen modification plants, a cold mix plant and a bagging facility, establishing the three-year old business as a one-stop asphalt product supplier. 

At a time when the South African construction sector continues to reel under the pressure of a shrinking economy where road projects are few and far between, Actop Asphalt has defied the odds by maintaining a sustainable growth trajectory over the past three years. Part of the larger Actophambili Group, a renowned name in the South African road construction sector, Actop Asphalt now owns a total of four asphalt plants in a space of three years, testimony to its early growth course.

Actop’s very first asphalt plant, commissioned in early 2015 after the formation of the company in September 2014, is situated in Leandra, Mpumalanga, and has the capacity to produce 120 tonnes per hour – operating on a commercial basis. The second plant, located in Meyerton, a small town lying 15 km north of Vereeniging in Gauteng, also operates on a commercial basis, and has the capacity to produce 120 tonnes of asphalt per hour. The third commercial plant is located in Stilfontein, North West Province, and also has a 120-tonne per hour capacity.

At the end of 2017, Actop invested in its fourth plant, a 200 tonnes per hour super-mobile Ciber plant purchased from Wirtgen South Africa. Commissioned in mid-2018, the new plant is initially a contract-specific investment meant to service the Bambi-Lydenburg road rehabilitation project over an 18-month period.

Francois Kemp, Managing Director of Actop Asphalt, explains that a key driver behind the company’s sustainable growth within a short space of time has largely been its uncompromising focus on the quality of its product, especially driven by the understanding that quality asphalt results in long-lasting, high-quality driving surfaces.

“We have done extremely well in the three years we have been in business. Our early success has, to a large extent, been supported by our affiliation to the larger Actophambili Group, a key player in the road construction sector in the country,” says Kemp.

Almost 90% of Actos Asphalt’s work stream has come from Actophambili Roads in the past three years. However, the pattern has started to change in recent months with a sturdy flow of external contracts. Another growth driver is the recent focus on extending the offering, adding asphalt modification, cold asphalt mixing and bagging, as well as production of the Ultra-Thin Friction Course (UTFC), to its portfolio.        

 

Extended portfolio

Actop Asphalt has recently invested in two bitumen modifying plants which have been co-located with the Leandra and Meyerton plants. “Bitumen modification was a natural extension for our business. This allows us to offer all the related services from a single source,” says Kemp.

Kemp adds that there is a growing demand for modified bitumen as project owners are increasingly recognising the benefits of using modified asphalt to reduce the amount and severity of pavement distresses and to increase service life. “The primary benefit of using modified bitumen is improved rutting resistance, with less thermal cracking and overall improved mixture durability being secondary benefits. Additionally, some modified binders provide improved stripping resistance,” explains Kemp.

Four months ago, Actop Asphalt also invested in a cold mix plant and a bagging facility. This allows the company to sell 25 kg bagged cold asphalt mix to mostly small pothole busting contractors. Kemp explains that the cold asphalt mixture is a high-tech road repair material, which can be used all day long. It is suitable for repairing different types of road surfaces under any environment, such as asphalt roads, parking lots, airport runways and bridge expansion joints. Cold mix asphalt is an ideal choice for non-engineered roads.

As part of the product expansion programme, Actop Asphalt is one of the few asphalt producers pioneering the development of UTCF in South Africa. In the past five years, UTFC has been successfully paved on some of the heaviest trafficked national highways in the country, as well as on other national routes, provincial highways, provincial rural roads, urban major and minor arterials.

UTFC is ultimately a very thin asphalt layer paved at between 15 mm and 20 mm thick while spraying a thick tack-coat to the road surface all in one pass. It has a number of functional properties and advantages over other conventional asphalt paving procedures and products. “We are busy with our certification for the production of UTFC. We had our first application last year and we have since been given the go ahead for a trial section,” concludes Kemp.   

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Actop contact:

Francois Kemp
Managing Director

Tel: +27 (0) 11 395 3346
Email: francois@actop.co.za

Media contact:
Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications

Tel: +27 (0) 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za 
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za

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Actop contact:

Francois Kemp
Managing Director

Tel: +27 (0) 11 395 3346
Email: francois@actop.co.za

Media contact: 
Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications

Tel: +27 (0) 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za

[Johannesburg, 5 October 2018]: To meet the asphalt needs of a newly-awarded road rehabilitation project in the Mpumalanga area, asphalt specialist, Actop Asphalt has invested in a new Ciber continuous mobile asphalt plant that sets new standards with its range of innovative technologies and, more importantly, its ‘super mobility’.

When recently contracted to supply 38 000 tonnes of hot mix asphalt for the Bambi-Lydenburg road in Mpumalanga, Actop Asphalt, part of the Actophambili Group, went straight into the market for a new asphalt plant and purchased a new Inova 2000 continuous mobile asphalt plant, manufactured by Brazil-based original equipment manufacturer, Ciber, part of global road technologies leader, Wirtgen Group. The unit is the first of the new Ciber range to arrive in South Africa.

The new plant, which can produce up to 200 tonnes of asphalt per hour, is a contract-specific investment to service the Bambi-Lydenburg road rehabilitation project over an 18-month period. Actop Asphalt will supply asphalt to its sister company, Actophambili Roads, a specialist road surfacing contractor that has been subcontracted by the main contractor on the project, Klus Civils.

Growing capacity

The new Ciber plant brings to four the total number of asphalt plants in Actop Asphalt’s stable in the three years of its inception, which is testimony to the company’s strong growth trajectory in a very short period of time, in the face of a constrained construction market in South Africa. The company’s sturdy growth over the past three years has hinged on its relentless focus on quality asphalt production, according to managing director, Francois Kemp.

“As a result, we have done extremely well in the three years of our existence. Our early success has, to a large extent, hinged on our affiliation to the larger Actophambili Group, a key player in the road construction sector in South Africa,” says Kemp. While almost 90% of Actop Asphalt’s work stream has come from Actophambili Roads in the past three years, the pattern has started to change in recent months with a sturdy flow of external contracts. Kemp reiterates that the quality of the product is the company’s major competitive edge.  

Quality is the mantra at Actop Asphalt, the figure of merit – and is a core parameter that is sought in every aspect of the company’s business. And that also extends to its equipment needs; Actop Asphalt never compromises quality of its machinery, which is key to both reliability and quality of its asphalt supply. The very same core principle informed the decision to invest in a new, technologically-advanced Ciber Inova 2000.  

Key drivers

A key driving factor in the buying decision was the plant’s “super mobility”. “We were looking for an asphalt plant that we could install in a very short space of time,” says Kemp. The Ciber 2000 fit the bill due to its high production capacity – 200 tonnes per hour – and its compact build; it comes in just two units. This is in stark contrast to some of the existing plants in the stable, which come in six units, but only producing 120 tonnes per hour.  “The compact nature of the plant translates into lower cost of transport when moving from one site to the other, as well as the lower area and cost of installation,” says Kemp.

According to Waylon Kukard, sales manager at Wirtgen Group South Africa, the Ciber 2000 is about 60% below the average of other asphalt plants of its class size when it comes to cost of transportation. “This is complemented by less time for mobilisation and assembly on site,” says Kukard. “The plant’s mobility is its key strength. It can simply be hauled to site on two trailers, get plugged in, start production and easily decommissioned and commissioned again onto the next site.”

Rudi du Toit, operations manager at Actop Asphalt, has already experienced the benefits of the new plant. While full production is yet to start, the commissioning of the plant only took seven days. “With some of the competitor plants, you are looking at up to a month to put it up. The Innova 2000 takes only seven days to mobilise and commission, which translates into three weeks of extra production when compared to other plants,” says Du Toit.

Du Toit, who was recently part of a South African contingent that made the trip to Brazil to witness Ciber’s innovations first hand, also makes special mention of the EasyControl system, an intuitive software which affords total control of all the production processes. “It allows for automated control – without operator interference – of the burner flame and other components,” concludes Du Toit.

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Actop contact:

Francois Kemp
Managing Director

Tel: +27 (0) 11 395 3346
Email: francois@actop.co.za

Media contact:
Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications

Tel: +27 (0) 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za 
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za