Subscribe to industry newsletters

Manufacturing output growth beats expectations
Manufacturing output growth beats expectations

SA's manufacturing output grew 1.7% in November from the same month in 2016, beating the economists' consensus of 0.45%, Statistics SA reported...

By Sunita Menon 12 Jan 2018

Major packaging trends of 2018
Major packaging trends of 2018

The market intelligence agency, Mintel, recently released the top five trends that will shape the packaging industry in 2018...

12 Jan 2018

Image source:
#BizTrends2018: A brave new world for South African stainless steel producers

Here are some of the 'hot spots' in the local stainless steel sector over the next year...

By Lesley Squires 9 Jan 2018

How Africa can negotiate an effective continental free trade area agreement
How Africa can negotiate an effective continental free trade area agreement

African countries are forging ahead to complete negotiations for a continental free trade area between 55 countries by early next year...

By Calestous Juma 2 Jan 2018

Mali hopes to revive industry and increase exports
Mali hopes to revive industry and increase exports

The shops in Mali are full of imported goods from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. This, Mali's captains of industry maintain, is not necessary...

By Bram Posthumus 29 Dec 2017

Bottled water and the drought
Bottled water and the drought

Cape Town's municipal water quality is excellent. In normal times there is no good reason to buy bottled water, but these are not normal times...

By Mary-Anne Gontsana and GroundUp staff 20 Dec 2017

Transpaco to buy FPM's packaging business
Transpaco to buy FPM's packaging business

Paper and plastic packaging group Transpaco says it will buy Future Packaging and Machinery (FPM) for up to R105m...

20 Dec 2017

Ethiopia: Institute says textile, garment market expanding
Ethiopia: Institute says textile, garment market expanding

The Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute said the foreign currency generated from the textile sector has been steadily growing...

By Abebe Wolde Giogis 13 Dec 2017

Image credit: Nadege Imbabazi via
Made-in-Rwanda Expo ends with calls to buy local

The fourth edition of the annual Made-in-Rwanda Expo concluded yesterday with a call from leaders to embrace locally produced products...

By Julius Bizimungu 6 Dec 2017

Manufacturing Circle optimistic about prospects of factories
Manufacturing Circle optimistic about prospects of factories

Despite the Absa purchasing managers' index (PMI) spending six months in contractionary territory, the Manufacturing Circle is adamant that manufacturing is SA's greatest opportunity for job-rich growth...

By Sunita Menon 5 Dec 2017

Nestle to close its DR Congo factory
Nestle to close its DR Congo factory

Swiss food giant Nestle announced Sunday that it would close its factory in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo...

4 Dec 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Building a true African haircare brand with AfroBotanics
#EntrepreneurMonth: Building a true African haircare brand with AfroBotanics

In six years South African natural haircare brand, AfroBotanics, went from being manufactured in founder Ntombenhle Khathwane's garage to a fully equipped factory in Midrand...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 30 Nov 2017

Packaging, processing, printing industry leaders gather in thousands for Propak Cape
Packaging, processing, printing industry leaders gather in thousands for Propak Cape

Held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 24-26 October, the Propak Cape expo attracted just under 6,000 visitors...

28 Nov 2017

Manufacturing Circle unveils plan to create a million jobs in a decade
Manufacturing Circle unveils plan to create a million jobs in a decade

The Manufacturing Circle has launched a plan containing constructive and actionable steps to create an environment in which manufacturing in South Africa can thrive...

27 Nov 2017

(L-R) Jerome Perils, Kenako Concrete MD alongside Sadick Davids, CDC business development manager - Metal and Manufacturing.
DTI, IDC fund Kenako Concrete

The R71m Kenako Concrete manufacturing facility, located in the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), is the first black industrialist in Port Elizabeth to be funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)...

24 Nov 2017

#ATFexpo17: The clothing, footwear and textile trade's one-stop shop
#ATFexpo17: The clothing, footwear and textile trade's one-stop shop

The ATF Trade Exhibition and co-located China Premium Tex expo provides local and international players in the apparel, footwear and textile trade with a space to connect...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 21 Nov 2017

Material hurdles remain
Material hurdles remain

For a short while, some time around 2014, it looked as if the clothing, textile, footwear & leather (CTFL) sector was beginning to recover after almost 20 years of crippling pressure...

20 Nov 2017

3D printed sports shoes are more about your wallet than your feet
3D printed sports shoes are more about your wallet than your feet

The race is on to bring 3D printed footwear to market. Adidas, Nike and Under Armour are some of the big names that have been working on delivering bespoke shoes to their customers...

By ManMohan S Sodhi 17 Nov 2017

Strengthening of trade, investment ties at Africa ASEAN Business Expo
Strengthening of trade, investment ties at Africa ASEAN Business Expo

A delegation from South Africa's Black Business Council recently held talks in Johannesburg with business leaders from Singapore and Malaysia on potential investment...

16 Nov 2017

Manufacturing Indaba eyes growth in SADC region
Manufacturing Indaba eyes growth in SADC region

The annual Manufacturing Indaba has its sights set on expansion and growing its current offering to manufacturers both from South Africa and from the SADC region...

14 Nov 2017

October tractor sales leap 24.2% y/y to 704 units
October tractor sales leap 24.2% y/y to 704 units

Tractor sales surged 24.2% year-on-year in October to 704 units, according to the South African Agricultural Machinery Association...

By Dominic Preuss 8 Nov 2017

Investors cheer PPC's optimistic trading update
Investors cheer PPC's optimistic trading update

PPC's share price rose 5.8% to R7.53 on Tuesday morning, 7 November, after it said its profitability had improved thanks to "robust growth in Rwanda and Zimbabwe" and a significant reduction in finance fees...

By Robert Laing 8 Nov 2017

Ford SA pumps R3bn into Ranger production, to build Raptor locally
Ford SA pumps R3bn into Ranger production, to build Raptor locally

Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa will be investing R3bn to expand production capacity for the Ford Ranger. It has also announced the local production of the Ford Ranger Raptor in 2019...

3 Nov 2017

Scaw Metals dismisses US claims about steel dumping
Scaw Metals dismisses US claims about steel dumping

South African steel producer Scaw Metals has dismissed an "affirmative preliminary determination" by the US department of commerce...

By Mark Allix 27 Oct 2017

PublicDomainPictures via
Digitisation, smart agriculture shaping the future of the African chemicals market

The use of smart agriculture will promote the appropriate use of agricultural chemicals and drive additional chemical sales as Africa boosts it's below average use of these inputs...

27 Oct 2017

Hino Motors' new Koga plant off to a good start
Hino Motors' new Koga plant off to a good start

Hino Motors' new Koga plant in Japan, where the latest generation Hino 500 trucks are being built, is already operating at 90% of capacity...

27 Oct 2017

ArcelorMittal SA CEO Wim de Klerk is to retire in early 2018.
ArcelorMittal SA CE to retire in January

ArcelorMittal SA said on Tuesday, 24 October, that CEO Wim de Klerk is to retire in January...

By Andries Mahlangu 25 Oct 2017

South African steel production rises 9.9% y/y in September
South African steel production rises 9.9% y/y in September

SA's steel production grew by 9.9% year-on-year in September to 556,000 tonnes, after surging by 24.4% in August, and following July's 6.3% decline and June's 15.9% plunge, according to the World Steel Association...

By Dominic Preuss 24 Oct 2017

Minister Ebrahim Patel with participants of the Massmart Supplier Development programme.
Massmart salutes small, local manufacturers breaking into international markets

Massmart was joined by the Economic Development Department and Proudly South African at an event to celebrate participants in the Massmart Supplier Development Programme...

23 Oct 2017

Toyota crowned Savrala Manufacturer of the Year
Toyota crowned Savrala Manufacturer of the Year

At the recent Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association's (Savrala) annual industry Manufacturer of the Year (Moty) awards, Toyota was crowned the overall winner...

23 Oct 2017

Show more