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Philip Morris launches next-generation IQOS devices in SA
Philip Morris launches next-generation IQOS devices in SA

With a vision to phase out traditional cigarette brands in favour of healthier alternatives, Philip Morris International has invested billions of dollars into the R&D of its IQOS range of devices...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 5 Dec 2018

UNITED STATES

Boris Dzhingarov
What products use industrial reinforced fiberglass?

Plastic is known for being easily moldable to just about any shape or configuration, but it is not exactly famous for its strength. That changed when companies started reinforcing plastic with fiberglass...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 12 Sep 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Fleur le Cordeur: a business in bloom
Fleur le Cordeur: a business in bloom

Fleur le Cordeur is about blessing people on their special occasions - especially on their wedding day. The company loves everything about anything that grows from soil, and especially using these gifts from nature to bless people...

By Eugene Yiga 3 Sep 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

Designer turned ethical artistic jeweller, Charmaine Taylor. Image supplied.
#WomensMonth: Pass on wisdom and knowledge and support local businesswomen

Marketer and designer turned ethical artistic jeweller, Charmaine Taylor has a passion and vision to promote the message of forgiveness and peace that former President Nelson Mandela shared...

By Juanita Pienaar 29 Aug 2018

SOUTH AFRICA

#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

SOUTH AFRICA

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

SOUTH AFRICA

Chris Weylandt
#BODJHB: Chris Weylandt on the basics of retail

On day two of the Johannesburg version of Business of Design, Chris Weylandt explained his tactics to competing or rather leading in the retail game...

By Jessica Tennant 20 Oct 2017

GLOBAL

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Lego cuts jobs, overhauls business following drop in revenue

Iconic Danish toymaker Lego is set to shed 1,400 jobs after suffering its worst financial performance in over a decade...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 6 Sep 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

#Homesewn: K-Way's lean local manufacturing machine
#Homesewn: K-Way's lean local manufacturing machine

South Africa's clothing and textile industry has seen some trying times. In the past 15 years, jobs in the local sector have decreased from 200,000 to 19,000...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 10 Jul 2017

SOUTH AFRICA

Three strategic approaches to help manufacturers seize the opportunity of rapid industry change
Three strategic approaches to help manufacturers seize the opportunity of rapid industry change

There are three strategic approaches that can help manufacturers capitalise on key changes transforming their industries...

By Antony Bourne 1 Jul 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

Nadia Rawjee
The fundamentals are the fundamentals - rationalise and capitalise

We have all, I'm sure, been reading of how the economy is not ideal for South African manufacturers and that with wage and labour issues, struggling consumer demand, power cuts and insufficient policy to support a healthy manufacturing environment, the picture looks bleak - this is the same old rhetoric we hear over and over...

By Nadia Rawjee, Issued by Uzenzele Holdings 14 Apr 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

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The number of smart machines in manufacturing will double in the next three years

The use of smart machines in manufacturing is growing rapidly; by 2018, 50% of the fastest growing companies in the world will have fewer employees than smart machines, according to Gartner...

By Antony Bourne 3 Feb 2016

SOUTH AFRICA

Philippa Rodseth on the challenges and opportunities facing local manufacturers
Philippa Rodseth on the challenges and opportunities facing local manufacturers

Here, Rodseth discusses the challenges and opportunities that manufacturers are facing in the Western Cape, and how the Manufacturing Indaba plans to help them address or embrace them...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Oct 2015

SOUTH AFRICA

Simplifying the cost of complexity in manufacturing
Simplifying the cost of complexity in manufacturing

I attended a great session recently on the cost of complexity in manufacturing, hosted by GIBBS and presented by Andre de Ruyter, the CEO of Nampak...

By Nadia Rawjee 1 Oct 2015

SOUTH AFRICA

Owen Mbundu
Craft beer - for the haves and the Germans

There is a rather interesting development that caught my attention recently. No, the micro beer industry is not new, however its nascent ubiquity in Cape Town city is...

By Owen Mbundu 22 Jul 2014

SOUTH AFRICA

Anton Ressel
Is your product development a cash cow or a crutch?

As a business consultant with a special focus on the craft and small scale manufacturing sectors, I have come to recognise a number of shared traits amongst entrepreneurs and business owners engaged in the design and manufacture of products.

By Anton Ressel 22 Jan 2013

SOUTH AFRICA

Gareth Pearson
Innovation essential for retail manufacturer survival

Sustaining customer interest and loyalty in the current market is difficult and, while retailers have the option of offering sales and products at discount prices, what do manufacturers do? Doing the same old thing, the same old way just isn't going to cut it in a market where consumers are already squeezed and looking for improved products that offer increased value. The answer - innovation.

By Gareth Pearson 10 Jul 2012

SOUTH AFRICA

James Siddall
To pay or not to pay...

The electrifying question of whether or not employees must be paid during load-shedding continues to have an insidious effect on the economy.

By James Siddall 17 Mar 2008

SOUTH AFRICA

Into the darkness
Into the darkness

Counting the hidden cost of power failures - or "load-shedding" as Eskom hilariously terms it...

By James Siddall 12 Feb 2008

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