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Dangote: Nigeria is learning how to produce the entire value chain

"We are not going to import anything any longer," said Aliko Dangote in a candid discussion with Claridges in London editor in chief Lionel Barber at the Financial Times' 4th annual Africa Summit...

10 Oct 2017

SA companies explore opportunities in Tunisia, Algeria

A delegation of South African companies is currently on a trade and investment mission in Tunisia and Algeria, where they are exploring export markets...

3 Oct 2017

Automation, smart technology ushers in new era of manufacturing

In today's on-demand retail landscape, manufacturers are undergoing massive changes to meet customers ever-increasing expectations...

8 Sep 2017

How to use blockchain to reinvent asset management

Without going into the specifics too deeply, blockchain is a huge, global distributed ledger or database running on many devices and open to anyone within the blockchain...

By Bas de Vos 1 Aug 2017

Digitalisation pushing boundaries of manufacturing

Digital transformation, as we've come to realise, means something different in every industry. In manufacturing, the term can be broad-reaching...

By Dereshin Pillay 27 Jul 2017

Data management: the centre of IoT projects

The internet of things (IoT) offers many more opportunities than merely improving efficiency and reducing costs...

By Morne Bekker 27 Jul 2017

Will additive manufacturing inspire the next industrial revolution?

Some suggest that by taking the industrial revolution of 1760-1840 as the first one, we are currently in the fourth industrial revolution...

By Nicholas Kitonyi 3 May 2017

Africa wants to place itself on the automotive roadmap

Africa is keeping investors on their toes with forecasts far from being true to their word. The inherent volatility and instability of African markets...

By Ryan Bax 1 Dec 2016

worldsteel: SA steel production rose by 2.3% y/y in June to 530,000 tons

South African steel production rose 2.3% year on year (y/y) in June to an estimated 530,000 tons, according to the World Steel Association...

24 Jul 2015

Africa must look for partnerships

Africa needs to form partnerships with the developed nations in order to realise the continent's goal to industrialise, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said .

By Chris Bathembu 5 Aug 2014

AECI plans to reduce its reliance on a weak SA

JSE-listed AECI plans to start producing explosives in Australia by year-end‚ as the chemicals and explosives firm looks to reduce its reliance on South Africa's weak mining and manufacturing sectors.

By Nick Hedley 30 Jul 2014

Famous Brands revenue up 12%, expands further in Africa

Famous Brands, which owns Steers‚ Wimpy and Debonairs, plans to open 243 new restaurants in the coming year after reporting record turnover and profit for the year. It is also planning to enter Angola and Ghana.

By Zeenat Moorad 20 May 2014

Ford's sub-Saharan drive may benefit SA plants

As Ford's only manufacturing operation in the Middle East and Africa‚ Ford Southern Africa is in pole position to benefit from the group's decision to intensify marketing and production in sub-Saharan Africa‚ says Stephen Odell‚ president of Ford's European‚ Middle East and African operations.

By David Furlonger 11 Apr 2014

Luxury brands turn attention to Africa

Africa's growing middle class has expensive tastes and research by Bain & Company suggests that luxury goods sales will increase by 11% this year - demonstrating the continent's potential for upmarket goods.

By Zeenat Moorad 5 Nov 2013

Famous Brands half-year earnings up 20% to 180c

Fast food group Famous Brands reported a 20% increase in headline earnings per share to 180c for the six months to August.

29 Oct 2013

Quick meals for Africa

In SA, Famous Brands produces 265,000 cups of specially blended coffee a day. With 2,175 restaurants, the company, whose brands include Wimpy, Steers and Mugg & Bean, also makes 77m ice-cream cones a year. It's the big daddy of SA franchising, with a R9,7bn market capitalisation, and it wants to repeat its local success in the rest of Africa.

By Zeenat Moorad 16 Sep 2013

GM reopens its Egyptian operations

NEW YORK CITY, USA: US car company General Motors said on Monday (19 August) it had reopened its office and factory in Egypt after shutting both down last week as violence swept the country leaving hundreds dead.

21 Aug 2013

Thales keeps an eye on safety

To paraphrase from the iconic Star Trek, Africa is the "next (as opposed to the final) business frontier". And judging from exceptional recent economic growth, wealth in natural resources and sheer international business interest on the continent, it seems no-one has trouble believing this.

19 Aug 2013

Resistance to GM crops may be waning

While SA has been growing genetically modified (GM) crops for many years, resistance from across most of the continent is set to slow global plans to turn Africa into the world's breadbasket.

12 Aug 2013

SA among slowest growing African economies

Growth in SA will continue to lag that of other African countries‚ with the latest African Development Bank African Economic Outlook report released on Wednesday (7 August) listing the country among the 10 that will record the slowest growth this year.

9 Aug 2013

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