History

History


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NPC is a member of Intercement (Presence in 9 countries with 39 plants), which is a member of the Carmago Correa Group. Carmago Correa is Brazil’s 2nd largest Engineering & Construction company & leader in hydro-electrical power plant construction.

1964
Durban Cement Ltd comissions a 150.000 ton-per-annum cement milling plant at Bellair, Durban. All raw materials are imported from the Western Transvaal, Northern Cape and Newcastle to produce 2 interground cements – PC15SL and PBFC.

1972
The Bellair plant’s capacity is increased to 450.000 tons per year with the installation of a second milling system. A rapid hardening cement, RHPC15SL, is added to the product range.

1982
A 200 ton-per-hour blending plant is installed at Bellair, enabling the company to change from interground to blended cements.

1983
The company comissions a 450.000 ton-per-year clinker burning plant ar Simuma on the Oribi Gorge Road near Port Shepstone of the South Coast. As a result of this installation the company no longes has to import clinker, its major raw material, from Western Transvaal.

1984
Now that the company’s operations have spread beyond Durban, Durban Cement Ltd changes its name to Natal Portland Cement Company (Pty) Ltd.

1985
Slagment Ltd commissions a slag milling plant near the Iscor works at Newcastle and contracts to supply NPC Durban with milled slag (GGBS). As the Durban plant no longer has to mil slag, production capacity increases to 900.000 tons per year.

1988
Natal Portland Cement Company (PTY) Ltd takes over Slagment plant at Newcastle and rationalises the entire commercial function of the company. The company’s market area is expanded to incorporate the whole of Natal. Through upgrading of equipment NPC Simuma increases its clinker production capacity to 550.000 tons per annum, enabling Durban plant to product to capacity.

1992
A new product – Portland Cement Blend (PCB) – is successfully launched at NPC Newcastle, increasing output from the plant to 190.000 tons per annum.

1993
Newcastle plays an increasing role in the production of cement in Natal with its capacity increasing to 250.000 tons per annum with the addition of a second shift. A new record is set in Natal with a landmark of 1 million tons of cement being produced and sold for the first time during 1993.

1995
New Head Office building constructed and factory access system undergoes a major upgrade, lowering vehicle transit time, and improving traffic flow.

1996
Construction completed on new R51m roller press, improving production capacity to 1 million tons per annum.

1998
Commissioning of R31m 14.000 ton 4-compartment storage silo, complete with 2 x 25 metre werighbridger and full computerisation of all loading and despatch operations.

1999
Completion of R21m packing and unitising plant, allowing stretchwrapping of bagged cement and further improving despatch facilities.

2001
NPC implements JD Edwards OneWorld software system in order to achieve world class standards in customer service, manufacturing and all support functions.
NPC wind National Supplier of the Year – Build It.

2002
CIMPOR, Cimentos de Portugal SGPS S.A. acquired the entire shareholding of NPC from Alpha PPC and Lafarge, making NPC a truly independent 4th SA cement producer.
NPC wins Silver Award – Institute of Waste Management.

2003
A decision was undertaken to implement SAP.
NPC wins 2nd place for Excellence in Mining Environmental Management Awards.
NPC wins Silver Award for PMR – Professional Management Review.

2004
NPC wins gold award for PMR – Professional Management Review.
NPC wins Silver Award – Institute pf Waste Management.
Launch for expansion project for 2007.
NPC purchases South Coast Stone Crushers, now known as NPC Aggregate and NPC Concrete.

2005
NPC goes live with SAP in January 2005.
NPC wins 1st place – The 2005 KZN’s Department of Economic Development’s uMyezane Awards for Black Economic Achievement.

2006
Imports clinker and cement.
NPC purchases Sterkspruit and Tinley Manor.

2007
Cement plant expansion begins – Simuma.
New company formed, NPC CIMPOR with a 26% BEE shareholding.

2008
Simuma Expansion complete with South Africa’s first new cement kiln in 20 years.

2009
NPC CIMPOR launches their ECO mark.
NPC CIMPOR launch their first Concrete Photographic Competition.

2010
First load of waste tyres arrive at Simuma for NPC Alternative Fuel and Resource programme.

2011
NPC wins the Global Award for a whole year injury free.

2012
NPC is now a proud member of the InterCement Group of Companies.

2013
NPC commences participation in the group’s Day of Doing Programme, which is a global initiative encouraging employees and their families to spend a day doing good for those in need.

2014
NPC celebrates 50 years in operation, having opened the business in 1964.

2015
NPC launches their first Graduate Development Programme, selecting four engineering graduates to participate in an 18 month programme.