In 2020, EthanolSA launched a Shopify store to provide a smoother, convenient experience for clients who need to place their day-to-day orders.
Servicing a broad range of industry sectors – from laboratory, medical and manufacturing to cosmetics, perfumery and agricultural – EthanolSA is fully-equipped to customise ethanol according to clients’ exacting requirements.
We spoke to company MD, David Sly, to find out more about this family-run business. He says, EthanolSA has been in operation for a little over three years and continues to go from strength to strength.
“Initially we did a broad scope of chemicals and consumables, but later decided to focus on one channel for the business,” Sly comments. “Working with ethanol allows us to sell into a multitude of different industry sectors, as ethanol is used in various applications and products.”
An ambitious team
Sly works together with a small team, consisting of financial director, Lelisha Smyth; finance and administration manager, Magda Sly; and imports and exports manager, Nick Murray. Together they ensure the fastest turnaround times on all orders, both big and small. Both agile and ambitious, the team is constantly looking at how to improve its quality of service and product quality and makes use of modern technology to drive the business.
“There is no order too complicated to handle,” says Sly, adding that “we can assist with all size containments, from bottles and drums to flow bins. We also provide tanker-to-tanker services, servicing South Africa and the cross-border and international markets.”
EthanolSA is both an ethanol supplier and manufacturer of various grades of ethanol products. These include absolute, anhydrous, UN food-grade and denatured, IPA, and 99% ethanol, as well as isopropyl alcohol, perfume base, perfume alcohol and perfume solvents. The company also supplies alcohol extraction solvents for the extraction of CBD, THC, cannabis, plant and botanical material.
Sly explains: “Some of our flagship products include the Scentburst perfumer’s alcohol bases, and Xtraction – our extraction solvent – which is alcohol-based and ideal for botanical-related extractions. Scentburst was developed with the assistance of a dear colleague and friend who is a senior researcher with two doctorates in chemistry and decades of experience in the cosmetic industry. After trial and error, we believe we have developed a market-leading offering and now service many large perfume oil supplier companies, in South Africa and cross-border.”
The company also offers natural sugarcane ethanol and synthetic ethanol. Its supply of ethanol is sourced from some the biggest and most reputable refineries in South Africa.
All eyes on Africa
EthanolSA’s products are available throughout South Africa and with its growing customer base in sub-Saharan Africa – in Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Lesotho – the African market can expect to see more from the company in the years to come.
“Our aim is to expand our footprint across Africa. We are also constantly looking at new product development, with the plan to develop and produce quality products that span multiple industries,” concludes Sly.