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May the best furniture win

Furniture designers are set to battle it out at the annual Furniture Design Competition hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti)...

17 Mar 2017

Nampak's operational performance still improving

Packaging manufacturer Nampak said on Wednesday that it has made significant progress in the implementation of its comprehensive plan...

16 Mar 2017

Is industrial IT the next wave for Africa?

Kenya is on the cusp of real growth and innovation. In fact, according to the African Economic Outlook in 2015, East Africa was again the continent's fastest-growing region...

By Stephen du Preez 15 Mar 2017

Panâh: An ethical fashion production house in Kenya

Founded by Morteza Saifi and Evgeniya Khromina, Panâh is an ethical fashion production house based in Nairobi, Kenya...

14 Mar 2017

Bowler Metcalf posts loss after 'capricious' six months

Plastics packaging and soft-drink group Bowler Metcalf said on Friday that revenue grew 14% to R291m during the six months to end-December...

By Pericles Anetos 10 Mar 2017

Mimi Women aims to build manufacturing plant

Mimi Women aims to raise R10m in order to build a manufacturing plant that will produce affordable sanitary pads...

9 Mar 2017

Addis cracks international nod for ethical business practices, labour relations

Addis is the first South African-owned manufacturer to comply fully with the international requirements of the SEDEX Global Conformance Programme...

7 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: Concrete beehive helps create a more sustainable beekeeping industry

The beekeeping model being exhibited at Design Indaba aids in the survival of bees; offers a more sustainable option for beekeepers and additional income sources for small-scale farmers...

2 Mar 2017

South Africa's Product of the Year winners revealed

South Africa's best products, recognised through a market-leading independent consumer survey, were announced at the Product of the Year gala event...

27 Feb 2017

Product inspection vital to reduce recalls in food manufacturing

Food safety is a key area of focus for manufacturers, brands and retailers alike. Consumers must trust the products they purchase, therefore if there is a quality issue...

By Neil Giles 15 Feb 2017

Question marks over the future of AGOA

One of the questions posed by Trump's team particularly probed AGOA, which gives some products made in Africa duty-free access to the US...

By Hamlet Hlomendlini 7 Feb 2017

SA, Thailand to strengthen economic ties

South Africa will this week sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that is aimed at advancing the country's economic agenda with Thailand...

30 Jan 2017

Multimodal West Africa '17 to improve Nigeria's transport and logistics business

In March 2017, Nigeria's transport and logistics experts will gather for Multimodal West Africa 2017. Industry stakeholders believe that the exhibition will adequately reposition the transport and logistics sector...

26 Jan 2017

Feast and famine for SA motor industry

There's a recovery out there... somewhere. But no-one knows exactly where to find it. SA motor companies are confidently forecasting steady growth...

By David Furlonger 24 Jan 2017

State's truck plan unfeasible: Isuzu chief

Fulfilling the government's desire for a full-scale South African truck manufacturing industry is not currently feasible and could increase prices by up to 30%...

20 Jan 2017

Bridgestone Brits plant shut in unlawful municipal action

Tyre maker Bridgestone has come out in support of legal action by the Brits Industrialists Association (BIA) against the Madibeng Municipality...

18 Jan 2017

Tractor sales surge in December: Saama

Tractor sales leaped 27.8% year on year in December to 349 units, but for the whole of 2016 sales fell 11.3% to 5,855 units, according to the South African Agricultural Machinery Association...

By Dominic Preuss 13 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Key challenges for OEMs to tackle in 2017

I'm sure that everyone would agree that 2016 was a tough year as a result of our slow economic growth. Although we saw a definite decline in vehicle sales...

By Ricardo Coetzee 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Exciting areas of growth in plastic pipe industry

Despite numerous appeals made to government by industry, not enough has happened this past year to improve South Africa's water infrastructure...

By Jan Venter 10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Carmakers primed to tackle new year challenges

Despite another difficult year for the automotive industry, car manufacturers are on top of the challenges and ready for 2017's expected trends...

By Mike Whitfield 10 Jan 2017

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