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.




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