The Asphalt Institute – An Overview

The Asphalt Institute is the international trade association of petroleum asphalt producers, manufacturers and affiliated businesses. Our mission is to promote the use, benefits and quality performance of petroleum asphalt, through engineering, research, marketing and educational activities, and through the resolution of issues affecting the industry.

Founded in 1919, the Institute’s members represent 90% of the liquid asphalt produced in North America and an increasing percentage in international markets. We provide five essential core services to our members in the following areas:
• Member Connectivity
• Environmental Oversight
• Represent Industry and Influence Policy
• Member Technical Support
• Promote Increased Use of Asphalt

Through various committees and partnerships, the Asphalt Institute serves its members as a center of excellence for health, safety, and environmental matters. AI promotes petroleum asphalt as a safe and environmentally friendly construction material for highways, streets, and roofing systems through a program of scientific research and technological developments.

Our network of regional engineers throughout the United States and Canada provides technical support to member companies, users and specifying agencies through on-site job visits, consulting, training, presentations and information gathering. With special arrangements, field engineers are available to international members as well.

The Laboratory of the Asphalt Institute is a leading facility in asphalt industry research , testing and analysis . Our lab is recognized for leadership in solutions to technical issues that impact the asphalt industry, and it serves as a focal point for the application of new technology based on the highest standards of performance.

The Asphalt Institute promotes the use of asphalt-based products through our involvement in the Asphalt Pavement Alliance , an industry coalition whose mission is to further the use and quality of Hot Mix Asphalt pavements through research, technology transfer, engineering, education and innovation.

Asphalt Institute publications and seminars educate users and specifiers on proper practices for the design, construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation of all types of asphalt pavements. Asphalt magazine reaches more than 18,000 industry professionals with information on the latest materials and techniques for the asphalt industry.