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Mondelez inaugurates $90m 'factory of the future' in Bahrain
Mondelez inaugurates $90m 'factory of the future' in Bahrain

Snack foods giant Mondelez International has invested $90 million into its newest 'factory of the future' in the Kingdom of Bahrain...

3 hours ago

Why is it important to grow manufacturing?
Why is it important to grow manufacturing?

One of the aspects of the Manufacturing Indaba will be to focus on South Africa's manufacturing as a fundamental driver of GDP growth and associated with direct employment...

Issued by Manufacturing Indaba 1 day ago

African bottling giant unveils new head office in PE
African bottling giant unveils new head office in PE

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa has announced the opening of its new head office in Port Elizabeth. The building will house the largest Coca-Cola bottler on the African continent...

13 Apr 2018

Parcels delivered within two hours could be the norm by 2028
Parcels delivered within two hours could be the norm by 2028

In response to today's online-buying, smartphone-wielding consumer that expects a seamless, faster purchasing journey, 78% of logistics companies expect to provide same-day delivery by 2023...

12 Apr 2018

Developing new manufacturers
Developing new manufacturers

Following the 2008 financial crisis, which caused many industrial sectors around the globe to dwindle, South Africa's manufacturing industry experienced a similar downturn and almost a decade later, its recovery remains a work in progress...

Issued by Manufacturing Indaba 10 Apr 2018

Blackline Interiors designs flagship store at Menlyn Mall for the Brow Bar
Blackline Interiors designs flagship store at Menlyn Mall for the Brow Bar

Blackline Retail Interiors was appointed by the Brow Bar to design the brand's flagship store, which opened recently in the new wing of Menlyn Mall...

Issued by Blackline Retail Interiors 9 Apr 2018

AB InBev plans to build $100m brewery in Tanzania
AB InBev plans to build $100m brewery in Tanzania

Global brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is looking to build a $100 million brewery in Dodoma, Tanzania...

9 Apr 2018

Manufacturing Indaba 2018 and Africa's drive towards a manufacturing revival
Manufacturing Indaba 2018 and Africa's drive towards a manufacturing revival

The fifth edition of the Manufacturing Indaba will be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 19 and 20 June...

Issued by Manufacturing Indaba 5 Apr 2018

#IWearSA: A movement to inspire a nation of local label lovers
#IWearSA: A movement to inspire a nation of local label lovers

The Wear SA Fashion Festival seeks to promote the South African clothing and textile sector - encompassing design, manufacturing, retail and consumers - by encouraging people to become 'Local Label Lovers'...

4 Apr 2018

Fifth Annual Manufacturing Indaba to highlight sector's impact on job creation
Fifth Annual Manufacturing Indaba to highlight sector's impact on job creation

South Africa's manufacturing sector remains one of the key contributors to GDP growth and direct employment, whilst other sectors - specifically the services sector - merely trigger a rise in employment as a result of the increased demand of a growing GDP...

Issued by Manufacturing Indaba 4 Apr 2018

Superga x Pichulik collaboration is a tale of three cities
Superga x Pichulik collaboration is a tale of three cities

Celebrated South African jewellery label Pichulik has joined forces with Italian sneaker brand Superga to create a small range of high-fashion sneakers...

4 Apr 2018

#CreativeMornings: "Creative success from courage" - Danielle Clough
#CreativeMornings: "Creative success from courage" - Danielle Clough

In your own creative career, you often find yourself stuck in a comfort zone. At the latest Creative Mornings Cape Town talk, 'fibre artist' Danielle Clough shared that you don't have to be good at just one thing, as well as why it's important to step away from the safety net and have the courage to try new things...

By Leigh Andrews 3 Apr 2018

Top 10 things you need to know before becoming a franchise owner
Top 10 things you need to know before becoming a franchise owner

The best thing about becoming a franchisee owner is that you get to be your own boss but you don't have to be 100% responsible for the business...

Issued by Yantra Marketing Service 3 Apr 2018

Sharpening African manufacturers' competitive edge with technology
Sharpening African manufacturers' competitive edge with technology

African countries from South Africa to Ethiopia to Nigeria are pinning some of their hope for economic growth and job creation on industrialisation...

By Matthew Kibby 20 Mar 2018

Cross-border e-commerce offers boundless growth opportunity for African business
Cross-border e-commerce offers boundless growth opportunity for African business

Cross border e-commerce continues to provide significant growth opportunities for retailers and manufacturers with an international online product offering...

15 Mar 2018

Factory output surges on higher consumption of food and drinks
Factory output surges on higher consumption of food and drinks

Annual South African manufacturing output growth accelerated to 2.5% in January from December's figure, which was revised down to 1.8% from the 2% Statistics SA originally published...

By Sunita Menon 14 Mar 2018

'Sustainable' Lego: plastics from plants won't solve a pollution crisis
'Sustainable' Lego: plastics from plants won't solve a pollution crisis

Lego is going to start making toys from plant-based plastic. In an effort to become more sustainable...

By Sharon George and Deirdre McKay 14 Mar 2018

Eastern Cape SMEs get a leg up with new Exporter Development Programme
Eastern Cape SMEs get a leg up with new Exporter Development Programme

A new Exporter Development Programme has been launched by the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber in partnership with the Eastern Cape Development Corporation...

13 Mar 2018

Fashion icon and career woman, Barbie turns 59
Fashion icon and career woman, Barbie turns 59

Despite celebrating her 59th birthday on Friday, 9 March, Barbie remains the most popular toy and doll brand in the world...

12 Mar 2018

BabyWombWorld shines at MamaMagic New Product Awards
BabyWombWorld shines at MamaMagic New Product Awards

South African baby and parenting expo, MamaMagic, has announced the winners of its New Product Awards for 2017...

12 Mar 2018

Lego posts first drop in revenue since 2004
Lego posts first drop in revenue since 2004

Danish toy maker Lego, known for its iconic coloured plastic bricks, saw profits shrink last year as the company struggled on its main markets, posting its first drop in revenue since 2004...

8 Mar 2018

RCL Foods invests R150m in new pet food plant
RCL Foods invests R150m in new pet food plant

Food producer RCL Foods has opened a R150 million pet food plant in Randfontein, one of the largest facilities of its kind in South Africa...

6 Mar 2018

Lego to launch its first sustainable, plant-based plastic bricks this year
Lego to launch its first sustainable, plant-based plastic bricks this year

After ramping up its efforts to shift towards more sustainable materials in 2015, perennial purveyor of plastic blocks Lego is making good on that promise and is set to launch a new form of eco-friendly playthings...

By Nick Lavars 5 Mar 2018

Ballo's considered design from beginning to end
Ballo's considered design from beginning to end

Sustainability is a key driver of product development at local wooden sunglasses brand, Ballo. Founded back in 2013, their fashionable accessories and apparel are rooted in a belief of craftsmanship...

2 Mar 2018

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Smart streetwear with Sol-Sol

South African fashion label Sol-Sol's signature brand of smart casual streetwear is founded on a commitment to great fit, fabric and design...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 Mar 2018

Inaugural event aims to showcase opportunities in advanced manufacturing
Inaugural event aims to showcase opportunities in advanced manufacturing

South Africa's advanced manufacturing progress will be showcased at the inaugural African Advanced Manufacturing and Composites Show...

28 Feb 2018

Menswear in Africa: bold, brave and patriotic
Menswear in Africa: bold, brave and patriotic

African fashion is seeing growing recognition abroad, and menswear, in particular, has become bolder, more expressive and less restricted by social norms...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 26 Feb 2018

How plastics made from plants could be the answer to the world's waste problem
How plastics made from plants could be the answer to the world's waste problem

Plastics are incredibly useful materials with extremely diverse properties, allowing a multitude of different applications that benefit our lives...

By James William Comerford 26 Feb 2018

#DesignIndaba2018: Thabiso Mjo's Tutu 2.0 light voted Most Beautiful Object in SA
#DesignIndaba2018: Thabiso Mjo's Tutu 2.0 light voted Most Beautiful Object in SA

Thabisa Mjo's Tutu 2.0 light judged has been named the 'Most Beautiful Object in South Africa' by public vote at Design Indaba 2018...

26 Feb 2018

Product of the Year 2018 awards SA's favourite consumer goods
Product of the Year 2018 awards SA's favourite consumer goods

Product of the Year - South Africa's largest independent consumer-voted survey - celebrated 10 years of rewarding innovation and excellence in the country at its annual awards gala ceremony...

26 Feb 2018

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