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Industry 4.0 to deliver the foundation for manufacturing's future
Industry 4.0 to deliver the foundation for manufacturing's future

Faced with customer demands that are evolving faster than ever and the pressure of ongoing economic uncertainty, manufacturers are turning to digital transformation...

By Kate Mollett 15 Oct 2018

LG's InstaView fridge and TwinWash are models of efficiency
LG's InstaView fridge and TwinWash are models of efficiency

Home appliances have always been designed to make our lives easier. And as consumers become increasingly time-poor, the need for 'convenience' is driving more and more of our purchasing decisions...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 17 Jul 2018

#SourceAfrica2018: Why Africa's clothing sector could lead in responsible sourcing
#SourceAfrica2018: Why Africa's clothing sector could lead in responsible sourcing

Whether you are a retailer, brand or manufacturer, the need to proactively manage social compliance issues in your supply chain has never been greater...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 6 Jul 2018

Lionel October
#MFGIndaba: New dawn for the economy

Manufacturing is an indispensable sector if South Africa is to achieve its economic growth targets in future...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Jun 2018

#MFGIndaba: Driving the industrial effort
#MFGIndaba: Driving the industrial effort

In his keynote address to the Manufacturing Indaba, Department of Trade and Industry director-general, Lionel October, referred to the Industrial Policy Action Plan 2018 and its focus on key themes...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Jun 2018

#MFGIndaba: Expect to be disrupted
#MFGIndaba: Expect to be disrupted

Innovation happens at the speed of trust, not the speed of technology. Roby Stancel from Virtual Consulting International explains this using the automotive industry as an example...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Jun 2018

#MFGIndaba: Industry 4.0: good or bad for manufacturing?
#MFGIndaba: Industry 4.0: good or bad for manufacturing?

The two countries with the lowest employment in the world, Germany and Japan, are also home to the world's most automated manufacturing industries in the world...

By Danette Breitenbach 26 Jun 2018

#MFGIndaba: Exponentially manufacturing tomorrow
#MFGIndaba: Exponentially manufacturing tomorrow

What took 100 days before, now takes 100 seconds. Manufacturing cannot continue to operate as it always has, and without some type of innovation it will not survive...

By Danette Breitenbach 26 Jun 2018

#SourceAfrica2018: Lessons from K-Way's lean turnaround
#SourceAfrica2018: Lessons from K-Way's lean turnaround

K-Way has been lauded as exemplary in its approach to boosting the local clothing manufacturing sector. But 14 years ago, the company was approaching the brink of closure...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 26 Jun 2018

#MFGIndaba: Business beyond 2020
#MFGIndaba: Business beyond 2020

For manufacturers to stay ahead they need to think consciously about the next thing and come up with the next thing...

By Danette Breitenbach 26 Jun 2018

#MFGIndaba: An uncomfortable world
#MFGIndaba: An uncomfortable world

In same the way as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Revolutions did, the 4th Revolution is creating discomfort around the globe...

By Danette Breitenbach 26 Jun 2018

#MFGIndaba: Factory of the year launches in SA
#MFGIndaba: Factory of the year launches in SA

A benchmarking competition that recognises manufacturing excellence, Factory of the Year was launched locally at this year's Manufacturing Indaba...

By Danette Breitenbach 25 Jun 2018

#MFGIndaba: Manufacturing key to growing SA economy
#MFGIndaba: Manufacturing key to growing SA economy

With its multiple effect, manufacturing is the one sector in the economy that has the potential to create the jobs the country needs so desperately. But the industry is under threat and has declined...

By Danette Breitenbach 25 Jun 2018

Designing the future of self-adapting sportswear using bacteria
Designing the future of self-adapting sportswear using bacteria

Puma and MIT Design Lab have been collaborating on a research project that looks at how bacteria can be used within sportswear design to improve performance and sustainability...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 5 Jun 2018

#MFGIndaba: Africa's opportunity to unlock industrial growth potential
#MFGIndaba: Africa's opportunity to unlock industrial growth potential

Manufacturing Indaba 2018 promises to be bigger and more innovative than ever before, providing the broader manufacturing industry with a roadmap and the connections to unlock their growth potential and deliver accelerated GDP growth...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 28 May 2018

Importing that dream car is easier said than done - but possible
Importing that dream car is easier said than done - but possible

One can import just about anything to South Africa, including cars, but that doesn't mean it's going to be easy...

By Jeff Osborne 9 May 2018

Securing a future for fashion - in conversation with Jackie Burger
Securing a future for fashion - in conversation with Jackie Burger

The word 'pollution' may conjure up images of dirty waterways and smog-filled city skies but seldom is it realised that the clothing on our backs may be the product of a dirty and dehumanising supply chain...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 15 Mar 2018

Listeriosis outbreak traced to Enterprise Foods factory in Limpopo
Listeriosis outbreak traced to Enterprise Foods factory in Limpopo

The source of the world's largest Listeriosis outbreak has been traced to an Enterprise Foods facility in Polokwane, Limpopo...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 5 Mar 2018

Buy local to create jobs
Buy local to create jobs

Unemployment in South Africa is at nearly 28%. Even more frightening is that of this percentage, half have never ever worked...

By Danette Breitenbach 7 Feb 2018

Game-changing trends for the manufacturing industry in 2018
Game-changing trends for the manufacturing industry in 2018

When you think 'IoT', is your first thought newly affordable, available sensors being added to products after they've been manufactured? If it is, well I believe 2018 will change that...

By Antony Bourne 5 Feb 2018

#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 2
#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 2

In Part 1 of the Trade Intelligence Retail Trends 2018 report, we described how globally and locally, we are in the beginning stages of a game-changing revolution in how products are made and sold...

By Maryla Masojada 25 Jan 2018

Boris Dzhingarov
These three business investments prevent manufacturing injuries

As a business, it's your responsibility to take as many precautions as possible to prevent workplace injuries. Not only are you protecting your employees, but you're protecting your business as well...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 22 Jan 2018

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#BizTrends2018: A brave new world for South African stainless steel manufacturers

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

By Lesley Squires 9 Jan 2018

#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

#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

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From survival to significance: the role of the SA automotive sector

One sector, in particular, has made a dramatic change in South Africa's short history as a democracy. Yet its growth is often overlooked...

By Mike Whitfield 16 Oct 2017

Business of Design speaker Q&A: Jeremy Stewart
Business of Design speaker Q&A: Jeremy Stewart

Business of Design (BoD) is back with a speaker lineup of note. The two-day seminar is held annually in Cape Town and Johannesburg during October and doesn't just focus on design in itself but has a much broader vision for the field in all areas of business...

By Jessica Tennant 5 Oct 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Persistence propels businesses forward
#EntrepreneurMonth: Persistence propels businesses forward

Sabelo Sibanda and Thulisile Volwana are the founders of Millbug, an electronics manufacturing company, as well as Tuse, an Android app that tackles connectivity issues...

By Ilse van den Berg 4 Oct 2017

McLaren to part ways with Honda, shifts to Renault
McLaren to part ways with Honda, shifts to Renault

NEWSWATCH: After months of speculation, the McLaren team has confirmed that it will split ways with Honda and has also announced that it has signed a three-year partnership with Renault...

By Ilse van den Berg 19 Sep 2017

R350m pumped into Albany Bellville bakery a Western Cape win
R350m pumped into Albany Bellville bakery a Western Cape win

Albany Bakeries has launched its new and improved factory in Bellville, Cape Town, following a R350 million investment...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 4 Aug 2017

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