ASTRA: Genuine PMA Replacement

Surface Tech has introduced an effective alternative in a dry polymer form. Our proven technology is a Para-Aramid fiber introduced in dry at the mix plant. With a neat binder, Para-Aramid is the modifier that production contractor can control and is an effective way to manage the process (including 365-availability, no storage  and ease of plant dosing) that increases performance and dramatically reduces your GWP impact per mix ton and no change to JMF. Not to mention is PMA performance really worth the built environment and health risks?  

ASTRA: Better for the Environment

  • Production of synthetic polymers is energy intensive
  • Requires higher binder production temperatures when incorporating polymer modifiers
  • Production and the construction of PMA mixtures requires increased temperatures
  • Higher temperatures result in higher Global Warming Potential (GWP)
  • GWP increases 5-6 Kg of CO2 per mix ton for every 6-degree PG (PM) grade bump

ARAMID provides no health concerns (VOC emissions)



  • Producing and construction PMA mixtures requires increased temperatures
  • Significantly higher embodied carbon content (Global Warming Potential)
  • Higher temperatures result in higher green house emissions
  • GWP increases 5-6 Kg of CO2 per mix ton for every 6-degree PG (PM) grade bump.
  • SBS-modified asphalt binders use sulfur based cross linking agents
  • Hydrogen sulfide H2S is created during the transportation and storage of SBS modified binders
  • Hydrogen sulfide can cause a range of health issues dependent upon PPM exposure such as eye and respiratory irritation, headache, dizziness, and, in extreme cases, loss of consciousness and death
  • Expands equivalent PG (of mixture) about one bump high & low per ASTM STANDARD of 2.1 oz per US Ton (65 grams/tonne)
  • No change in mix temp. Temp tolerant and does not break down in HMA temps – melt point of 800° F / 425° C
  • Enhanced flexibility and elasticity of the asphalt binder
  • Improved resistance to temperature-induced cracking
  • Increased resistance to rutting and deformation
  • Low Carbon Construction Material GWP 0.6 kg of CO2 per mix ton
  • Zero sulfur added to binder or mix
  • No change to JMF or volumetrics
  • Available 365 easy add to any plant, anytime
  • Chemical (PPA) resistant

ASTRA - dramatically reduces GWP impact
and no change to JMF



As a leader with both creative and analytical skills, Jason oversees the planning, development, and execution of Surface Tech’s marketing and advertising strategies. He has been responsible of late for clarifying the company’s value proposition through a series of new branding executions resulting in a revamped website and other improvements in the company’s strategic marketing initiatives.

Jason brings more than 25 years of industrial design, branding, and manufacturing experience to his new role as CMO. His work has appeared in leading design publications, and he has received numerous international design awards. His portfolio includes more than 40 design and utility patents in the fields of consumer electronics, software, packaging, medical devices, and software. Speed to market, with a critical eye for detail and simplicity, is the driving force behind his multidisciplinary design process.

Jason holds a BS in Industrial Design from The Ohio State University. His previous work experience includes Nike, Proctor & Gamble, Skylab Architecture, and founder of New Studio. 

Stacie Steel

U.S. Northwest

Stacie Steel, PE, offers a depth of experience in asphalt and concrete pavements. She has provided infrastructure-related civil engineering and project management consulting services to both public and private sector clients for the past 20 years.

Stacie’s technical expertise centers around all things pavements: structural design, materials design and specifications, sustainability, life-cycle cost analyses, pavement management, preservation and rehabilitation, QA/QC, materials testing, and forensic evaluations.

Throughout her career, she has worked on paving projects for many national commercial retailers, municipalities, and airports. Stacie has proven leadership and organizational capabilities, as evidenced by earning the President’s Choice Award from the WTS Colorado Chapter early in her career. She currently serves on the WTS Puget Sound Chapter’s TransportationYOU Committee, and is dedicated to ensuring access to local outdoor recreation opportunities serving on the Board of Directors for the Lonesome Lake Preservation Group.