Manufacturing Trends 2017


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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

Serco to capitalise on new technology and innovation in 2017

Staying abreast of global trends and innovations is an important part of how Serco strives to give its customers the edge in a competitive African market...

10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: The auto industry will face its biggest disruption yet

The auto industry has always faced massive disruption. The heart of the industry has always been engineering, and advances have shifted the balance...

By Jeff Osborne 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

Auto industry targeted by Trump is vital to Mexico

While US President-elect Donald Trump wants to put the brakes on projects by Toyota and American automakers in Mexico, the country has become...

10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Flooring market is moving but the basics are not

For decades, wooden flooring, vinyl sheeting, ceramics and carpeting have been the traditional flooring used in residential and commercial markets. We spoke with Dr Mehran Zarrebini, CEO of PFE International and Van Dyck Carpets in Durban about the latest flooring trends...

9 Jan 2017

2016 a record-breaking year for Volvo sales

Volvo Cars reported a record-breaking year in sales for 2016 with an increase of 6.2 percent compared to 2015, driven by solid growth in all major sales regions...

6 Jan 2017

Steel deal may lift struggling metals sector

ArcelorMittal SA's announcement just before Christmas that it had concluded a contract manufacturing agreement with the defunct Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium group in Emalahleni was the sour cherry on top of a dismal year for SA...

By Mark Allix 4 Jan 2017

Honda reaches 100 million production milestone

Honda Motor Company has reached the 100 million-unit milestone in cumulative global automobile production. The company began automobile production in 1963 with...

4 Jan 2017

China manufacturing accelerates at fastest for four years: survey

China's manufacturing activity expanded at its quickest pace in nearly four years in December, an independent research firm said on Tuesday, in a sign of improving health for the world's second-largest economy...

3 Jan 2017

India's Mistry launches legal battle against Tata Sons

Cyrus Mistry, the ousted former chairman of Indian conglomerate Tata, took his battle against former employer Tata Sons to court Tuesday...

22 Dec 2016

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