Retail Trends 2016

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Simba roars and 'copycat' comes up with crumbs

A small local potato crisp manufacturer has to change its logo and packaging after Simba Chips accused it of being a copycat...

The number of smart machines in manufacturing will double in the next three years

The use of smart machines in manufacturing is growing rapidly; by 2018, 50% of the fastest growing companies in the world will have fewer employees than smart machines, according to Gartner...

By Antony Bourne

Manufacturing PMI tumbles in January

The manufacturing sector started 2016 on the back foot as the seasonally adjusted Barclays purchasing managers index (PMI) fell two index points to 43.5 in January...

Ellies set to benefit from switching its focus outside SA

The sharp decline in the rand is likely to boost Ellies' manufacturing business, which is focusing on markets outside SA...

By Thabiso Mochiko

Patel sets tough terms for bottling merger to keep Appletiser SA-made

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel's determination to keep Appletiser produced in SA has prompted onerous conditions for a merger that would create the continent's largest bottler of soft drinks...

By Hilary Joffe

Manufacturing: how to keep your warehouse safe

The manufacturing industry comes with its own trials and travails when it comes to structuring your workplace. You've got to ensure your employees aren't in any immediate danger, that your machinery has enough space to operate, that your supplies of stock are safe from prying eyes and that all health-and-safety regulations are being met...

By Endri Hasanaj

Factory sector on cusp of recession

SA's manufacturing sector is on the edge of a recession, data released on Tuesday showed...

By Ntsakisi Maswanganyi

SA seeks to expand added-value manufacturing

The Department of Trade and Industry is looking to accelerate SA's move into more value-added activities to cushion the country from the decline in commodity prices...

By Bekezela Phakathi

SA November manufacturing production down 1% y/y

Manufacturing output contracted year on year in November last year, although the pace of contraction was lower than that recorded in October...

China chemical giant to acquire Germany's KraussMaffei

SHANGHAI - China's biggest state-owned chemical firm on Monday announced it will buy Germany's KraussMaffei Group, which makes machinery for producing plastics and rubber, for 925 million euros ($1.0 billion)...

New vehicle sales losing momentum

The weaker rand did not do much to bolster vehicle exports last month, as data released on Thursday showed exports were the worst in three years...

By Moyagabo Maake

Clothing and textile industry shakes off cobwebs

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (Sactwu) says the clothing, textile, footwear and leather manufacturing industry is entering a period of greater stability and higher levels of growth...

Keurig agrees to $13.9bn buyout by private investors

NEW YORK - Keurig Green Mountain, maker of single-cup coffee pods and makers, said Monday it is being bought for $13.9 billion by a group of private investors led by JAB Holding Company...

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