NCP Alcohols is a multinational company operating in the province
of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa where we manufacture and supply
award-winning high quality neutral potable ethanol and other related
products for a wide range of industries around the globe.
Strengthened by our connection to a global network of companies,
AlcoGroup our knowledgeable, experienced management
team, dedicated employees, a board of directors, and a network of
advisors with extensive experience in all aspects of the business
enable us to achieve year-on-year international accolades.
Our customers are loyal to our brand and include well known, blue
chip local and international companies in the beverage, toiletries,
food and medical fields. We’re proud to play our part in being
responsible towards our natural surroundings and continually make
sure that we meet the most stringent environmental standards.
Our operations and our products comply with the ISO 9000, and 14000
Quality Management System and supports our commitment for long-term
relationships with strategic partners. Honouring our commitment
in providing our customers with product that is safe we make use
of the HACCP programme that ensures traceability from raw material
to finished product controlling any potential hazards in the manufacture
and distribution of our products.
We are committed to maintain our conscientious vibrant culture
because it is the way we drive our outrageous commitment to our
product and service to our customers.
Our history dates back to 1868 when the first rum distillery in
South Africa was built on the site by Monsieur Phillippe, a Mauritian
engineer involved in the budding Natal sugar industry. Back then
molasses was sourced from the farm Bishopstoke, a few hundred meters
down the road, and rum produced at the distillery was first entered
into an international competition at an exhibition in London in
1873, how it faired was not recorded.
A part of the original building is still in use today, overlooking
a modern, state-of-the-art distillation facility on the banks of
the Umgeni River. Occasional flooding used to cause problems for
the site and it was only until the course of the Umgeni River was
changed to straighten its banks and dams were built further upstream
that the site was safe.
In 1944 Umgeni Distilleries Ltd. was acquired by National Chemical
Products (NCP), a company founded in 1935 for the production of
ethanol from maize, mainly used for blending with petrol for use
as motor fuel. Capacity was increased and in 1967 NCP became a founder
member of the Sentrachem Group, creating a large diverse South African
In the late nineties Sentrachem was acquired by the Dow Chemical
Company with specific interest in their agricultural chemicals and
In February 2001 NCP Alcohols was purchased by Alcofinance S.A.,
a Belgian based company that is part of the AlcoGroup, one of the
largest alcohol trading and distribution organisations in the global
ethanol market, with existing facilities on four continents. In
response to this acquisition we embarked on a two-phased three year
long project to triple our output capacity.
Our shared concern for the environment commits us to use environmentally
friendly technology and during 2008 we changed our coal fired boilers
to gas boilers for on-tap, clean burning and efficient power.
This project provides us a sufficient, reliable source of steam
and also generates enough electricity for our site.
Section 51 Manual for NCP Alcohols (Pty) Ltd (PDF file 60kb)