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SprayPave is one of Southern Africa’s leading manufacturers, suppliers and applicators of bituminous road binders, emulsions, primes, pre-coats and modified binders, serving the road construction, maintenance and waterproofing industries.

USING WORLD-CLASS plant and equipment, SprayPave has the ability to successfully take on any project regardless of form or magnitude. From the smallest rural road to the biggest national route, no job is too big or too small.

Established in 1981, and a proud member of the Basil Read group of construction companies since 2006, SprayPave is an ISO9001 accredited company and Level 5 BBBEE contributor. Its head office is based in Alrode South, Gauteng, and in 2010 it expanded its footprint by opening a branch in Bothas Hill, KwaZulu-Natal. The company recently extended its reach even further, with the opening of its Western Cape branch, in Parow Industria, Cape Town.

The Western Cape
SprayPave’s newest branch in Cape Town is headed by branch manager Leslie Webb and is now fully operational, offering SprayPave’s full range of quality products, serviced by world-class plant and manufacturing facilities. “We are obviously proud that we have already supplied such high-profile clients as Martin and East/Zebra Surfacing and H&I,” notes Webb. “We invite all current and potential clients to visit our branches and witness our commitment to quality and service excellence first-hand.”

Bitumen reactor
SprayPave Cape Town will also be the home of a bitumen reactor, the first of its kind in Africa and testament to SprayPave’s relentless drive to, through innovation, not only maintain world-class standards, but pioneer them. “Our bitumen reactor will be fully commissioned by the end of 2014,” explains Phil Chirnside, SprayPave’s commercial manager. “In essence, it will enable us to produce various grades of bitumen not only for the local market, but ultimately Southern Africa as a whole. Typically, harder/more scarce grades of bitumen have to be imported; however, with our bitumen reactor, we can not only produce these grades from more readily available feedstock, but also engineer inferior, poorer-performing products to become superior, meeting all conceivable specification requirements. Think of how this will mitigate the risk of importing products (should the need arise) as, very often, such products end up not meeting local specification requirements, therefore subjecting the importers to catastrophic financial losses. Now, with the reactor, we can simply reengineer these ‘off-specification’ products and save many suppliers/contractors a lot of time and money.” These are only a few of the many benefits of having technology such as this available to the local market.

The business of manufacturing
Harnessing more than 30 years’ experience, SprayPave’s commitment to quality is backed by its highly trained staff and state-of-the-art facilities.

With impressive manufacturing and storage capabilities for its vast product offerings, SprayPave has successfully harmonised quantity with quality and its product range is now in the final stages of receiving SABS certification.

Each branch also comes equipped with its own fully fitted laboratory, all soon to be SANAS accredited. Each and every batch of product undergoes a strict array of testing throughout the manufacturing process, and is delivered to the client with corresponding certificates of analysis. “Quality is at the heart of everything we do,” says Steven Single, SprayPave’s managing director. “Whether the product is for the construction of new roads, rehabilitation of existing roads or simply minor maintenance, we consider quality our chief contribution to the road construction industry in Southern Africa.”

SprayPave offers all major forms of testing, including binder content, softening points, viscosity, elastic recovery, and so forth. SprayPave Cape Town even has the ability to go as far as testing the quality of bitumen on a molecular level by way of SARA analysis.

Beyond borders
SprayPave’s footprint also extends beyond South Africa’s borders. Its fleet of modern road haulers not only ensures a smooth supply, of both bulk and drummed products to its customers throughout sub-Saharan Africa, but through the many partnerships forged throughout the years, the company can also comfortably supply product via sea freight, in bitutainers as well as even bagged or pelletised bitumen.

Another key element of SprayPave’s versatility and geographic reach is the company’s state-of-the-art emulsion and modified binder mobile plants, the establishment of which includes feedstock, digestion and end-product holding tanks. These self-powered plants are fully equipped and include fully fitted laboratories, thus ensuring stringent quality control standards, regardless of location. Mounted on double-axle trailers and able to reach the remotest of locations and remain there for lengthy periods at a time, each plant is capable of producing up to 6 000 ℓ/h of product.

Recent projects deploying SprayPave’s mobile plants include a 165 km stretch of road in Gobabis, Namibia, as well the production and supply of SS60 in Livingstone, Zambia. “Our mobile plants can operate independently for several months at a time and provide our customers with the versatility of on-site production at rates more economically feasible than those employing long-distance haulage,” says Chirnside. “This means you can control the quality of the end product, all of which can be tested on-site. It further provides a high level of on-site efficiency and quantity control, which can accommodate variations in production schedules.”

Environmental and corporate responsibility
Environmental awareness and responsibility are intrinsic to SprayPave’s culture. “As a company, we align ourselves with global environmental objectives by conducting continuous research into, and development of, alternatives to products traditionally used by the industry,” explains Chirnside.

SprayPave promotes the use of environmentally friendly products and conforms to the current European legislation and guidelines as laid down by the South African Bitumen Association (Sabita), of which it is a proud member.

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