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The homegrown heritage of Grasshoppers shoes
The homegrown heritage of Grasshoppers shoes

Celebrating 160 years in the industry, Grasshoppers shoes have transcended generations to remain one of South Africa's favourite homegrown footwear brands...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 15 May 2019

Workers' Day: This industry is not what it used to be, says clothing worker
Workers' Day: This industry is not what it used to be, says clothing worker

Fadwah Rinquest has been working as a seamstress at one of Cape Town's oldest clothing factories - House of Monatic - for ten years...

By Barbara Maregele 2 May 2019

Fashion production is modern slavery: 5 things you can do to help now
Fashion production is modern slavery: 5 things you can do to help now

Fashion shouldn't cost lives and it shouldn't cost us our planet. Yet this is what is happening today. Globalisation, fast fashion, economies of scale, social media and offshore production have created a perfect storm...

By Anika Kozlowski 26 Apr 2019

Defy ramps up SA production with R1bn investment
Defy ramps up SA production with R1bn investment

Home appliance brand Defy, a subsidiary of Arcelik Global, has invested more than R1billion in upgrading three local production centres to serve as its strategic manufacturing hub...

25 Apr 2019

Henry Levine, CEO, Made In Workshop
Makerspaces are co-working institutions as well

Co-working is an experience. There is a synergy created when people work together on their own projects and ventures...

By Henry Levine 18 Apr 2019

#CNILux: Global luxury industry shifts gaze to Africa
#CNILux: Global luxury industry shifts gaze to Africa

The fifth annual Condé Nast International Luxury Conference kicked off in Cape Town yesterday, bringing some of the biggest names in global luxury to African soil...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 11 Apr 2019

R400m food manufacturing plant launches in Gauteng
R400m food manufacturing plant launches in Gauteng

The doors have officially opened to a new 22,700m² food production facility belonging to In2food, in the OR Tambo Special Economic Zone in Johannesburg...

10 Apr 2019

Hot competition for the humble zipper
Hot competition for the humble zipper

Combine two rows of fine teeth that lock together, a slider and a tab, and all of a sudden you have a quick way of securely closing a bag, jacket or pair of pants - a zipper...

By François Lévêque 9 Apr 2019

Van Dyck Floors, Nouwens Carpets consolidate operations
Van Dyck Floors, Nouwens Carpets consolidate operations

Nouwens Carpets and Van Dyck Floors will consolidate their operations in order to streamline their manufacturing and supply chains...

9 Apr 2019

#Propak19: Developing artisan skills for the future
#Propak19: Developing artisan skills for the future

Twenty years ago, there were in excess of 50,000 to 70,000 artisans employed throughout the mining, manufacturing, construction and local authorities' sectors in SA...

By Danette Breitenbach 28 Mar 2019

The next-generation technologies shaping the manufacturing sector
The next-generation technologies shaping the manufacturing sector

In recent years, digital transformation has been responsible for driving significant change in the industrial world...

By Ronald Ravel 27 Mar 2019

Reviving Cape Town's clothing and textiles industry
Reviving Cape Town's clothing and textiles industry

The City of Cape Town has plans to commission a clothing, textile and fashion study in the 2019/20 financial year, to unpack the economic contribution of the sector...

19 Mar 2019

#SeamlessSA: How Ramona Kasavan is taking Mimi Women to the rest of Africa
#SeamlessSA: How Ramona Kasavan is taking Mimi Women to the rest of Africa

Ramona Kasavan is taking over Africa one sanitary towel at a time. She started her company, Mimi Women, after seeing large numbers of girls missing school over their monthly menses...

By Maroefah Smith 14 Mar 2019

A Dive Support Vessel being lowered into the Port of Ngqura. Image supplied.
Boat building opportunities in the Eastern Cape

Transnet National Ports Authority's (TNPA) Port of Ngqura recently hosted the testing and launch of locally manufactured aluminium vessels...

13 Mar 2019

Husband and wife team lands multi-million rand Shoprite contract
Husband and wife team lands multi-million rand Shoprite contract

Mike and Thina Maziya's plastic manufacturing and recycling company, Verigreen, has been awarded a multi-million rand contract with Shoprite Group...

11 Mar 2019

Print your city? 3D printing is revolutionising urban futures
Print your city? 3D printing is revolutionising urban futures

The Fabrication City concept puts manufacturing back in the hands of communities - using 3D printers...

By Sylvie Albert, Jeremy Millard, Tomas Diez 11 Mar 2019

GIBS manufacturing-focused MBA kicks off in Durban
GIBS manufacturing-focused MBA kicks off in Durban

In a partnership with the new Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS), the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has launched a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Durban which is be focused on the manufacturing industry...

Issued by Gordon Institute of Business Science 8 Mar 2019

Polystyrene Association presents solutions tackling employment, housing and waste
Polystyrene Association presents solutions tackling employment, housing and waste

At the Polystyrene Association of South Africa's recent annual general meeting it unveiled plans to increase the collection and recycling rate of post-consumer polystyrene...

25 Feb 2019

South Africa's failure to create manufacturing jobs
South Africa's failure to create manufacturing jobs

To reduce unemployment South Africa needs to prioritise labour-intensive work instead of higher wages, write professors Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass...

By Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass 25 Feb 2019

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SAPPMA issues call for papers ahead of PIPES XII Conference

The Southern African Plastic Pipes Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) has issued an invitation to professionals interested in presenting at its PIPES XII Conference...

8 Feb 2019

PG Bison opts for locally sourced, sustainable rPET strapping
PG Bison opts for locally sourced, sustainable rPET strapping

Wood-based product manufacturer PG Bison will now use only locally sourced and recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) strapping...

6 Feb 2019

Automation could power manufacturing progress
Automation could power manufacturing progress

SA manufacturing investment slows down, but automation could power progress...

4 Feb 2019

Nominated for three IFOY Awards
Nominated for three IFOY Awards

Jungheinrich has been nominated in 2019 for a total of three IFOY Awards. For yet another year, this makes Jungheinrich the company with the most nominations in the IFOY competition...

Issued by Jungheinrich South Africa 23 Jan 2019

R81m Black Industrialist textile firm set for launch in KZN
R81m Black Industrialist textile firm set for launch in KZN

A multimillion-rand Black Industrialist textile firm, Africa Bespoke Apparel (ABA), is ready to launch on 22 January 2019 in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal. A 100% black-owned company operating in the textile, clothing and footwear sector...

18 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Trends moulding the plastic packaging industry
#BizTrends2019: Trends moulding the plastic packaging industry

There's a major shake-up happening in the plastic manufacturing industry. And the change is happening remarkably quickly across the world for converters and brands alike...

By David Drew 7 Jan 2019

Green technologies to flourish at Western Cape SEZ
Green technologies to flourish at Western Cape SEZ

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to launch the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ) this week...

3 Dec 2018

TWIMS set to boost SA manufacturing
TWIMS set to boost SA manufacturing

The launch of the newly established Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS) is set to boost South Africa's manufacturing sector...

27 Nov 2018

#ATFexpo2018: How the conscious consumer is reshaping fashion retail
#ATFexpo2018: How the conscious consumer is reshaping fashion retail

The conscious consumer is fast reshaping the retail fashion and textile landscape. Consumers demanding transparency and traceability are changing the ways retailers operate...

By Maroefah Smith 26 Nov 2018

RAW Industries en route to a greener future
RAW Industries en route to a greener future

Real African Works (RAW) has launched in Johannesburg as South Africa's first 100% black-owned Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Company in the automotive industry...

23 Nov 2018

Nespresso teams up with Rio Tinto to make coffee pods greener
Nespresso teams up with Rio Tinto to make coffee pods greener

Nespresso will become the first company to use responsibly-sourced aluminium to produce its coffee capsules. The company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with metal company Rio Tinto...

20 Nov 2018

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