Manufacturing Trends 2016

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VW boss sees bright future

It was a challenging year for one of South Africa's biggest car manufacturers, but one year on Volkswagen SA head Thomas Schaefer is optimistic about the company's future...

It's officially Design Month on Biz

Traditionally February is dedicated to all things design on Biz. This year we're rolling out the design theme, with a multi-industry Design Month feature on how design is influencing 20 sectors locally and globally...

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SA trade surplus widens

South Africa's trade surplus widened to R8.22bn in December from R683m in November. This was higher than the expectation of a R1.8bn surplus...

By Carin Smith

[BizTrends 2016] Shifting towards e-mobility

Global statistics reveal that world populations have grown exponentially, but have the supporting services and infrastructure grown in proportion to cater for this? The answer is no...

By Hiten Parmar

[BizTrends 2016] Year of radical innovation in built environment

Much of our modern life is rooted in the way we have designed our cities...

By Alta Schoultz

[BizTrends 2016] Paving the way for auto innovation

The automotive industry is undergoing a fundamental change which is being driven by cost factors, political and economic conditions, population and traffic congestion, and environmental concerns...

By Jeff Nemeth

Saama: Tractor sales fall 12.1% in 2015 to 5,673

Tractor sales fell 12.2% in 2015 to 5,673 units, according to the South African Agricultural Machinery Association (Saama). The industry warned that the current drought conditions...

By Helmo Preuss

SA economy: 2015 in review

South Africa has a host of appealing competitive advantages. It remains the continent's second-largest economy - benefitting from a large manufacturing base...

Bhisho injects R20m for skills into VWSA plant project

Premier Phumulo Masualle's provincial government has injected R20m in skills funds into the multibillion-rand Volkswagen SA (VWSA) Uitenhage plant project...

By Zine George

South Africa open for business

Much has been said about the flight of capital from South Africa in recent weeks suggesting that the country has become an investment pariah...

By Dr Rob Davies

New MD for MAN Truck & Bus SA

Markus Geyer has been appointed managing director of MAN Truck & Bus AG in South Africa and the Sub Equatorial Region...

Proposed changes to APDP a highlight for automotive industry

The recent announcement of proposed changes to the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) by Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, was one of the highlights of a tough year...

By Peter Maxwell and Carridine Brooks

Transport on South Africa's election to the International Maritime Organisation Council

Statement of the Ministry of Transport on the occasion of South Africa's election to the Council of the International Maritime Organisation...

US fund plans to plough into African agricultural sector

1K1V, US-based private capital fund backed by some influential family investors, is on the hunt for opportunities in the sub-Saharan Africa agricultural sector...

New approach to water usage needed

The worst drought in decades will also motivate the government, businesses and consumers to change the way they use water...

Pro-Plas Africa Conference to focus on impact of plastic on planet

The theme for next year's Pro-Plas Africa Conference is 'The Triple Bottom Line and the Plastics Industry', and will see local and international speakers unpack the issue of how people, planet and profit are affected by the current and future plastics environment.

BMW injects R6bn in SA to build new model X3

German car maker BMW is to invest more than R6bn in its South African subsidiary...

By David Furlonger

Strong support for growth of aerotropolis

Denel supports the development of an Aerotropolis in Ekurhuleni and its potential to transform the economy of the Gauteng City Region. Victor Xaba, says the growth of an 'airport city'...

Massey Ferguson introduces new entry-level tractors for Africa and Middle East

Massey Ferguson is introducing a new range in of 50hp-85hp tractors for selected African and Middle East markets in a move to strengthen its product offering...

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