The emergence of Natal Associated Chemicals (NAC)
In 1970, Pieter du Plooy and Odendaal, with the support of Bob Kirk, the production manager for Combined Chemicals, established Natal Associated Chemicals (NAC) with just R15 000 capital. With no permanent staff, they made paint in the evenings at the back of NAA’s premises at 91 Commercial Road, using a high-speed mixer designed by a good customer and friend, Fritz Kauferman. The first PVA made was Azalea, and a very cheap, no name brand PVA, for the Transkei market.
But after six months of hard labour and long hours during the evenings, the pair had reached a crossroads: either to shut down or employ Kirk and supporting labour full-time. Determined to make inroads into the paint market, they rented premises in Boom Street, marking the first real beginning of NAC.