Manufacturing production increased by 2,2% in October 2017

Manufacturing: Production and sales, October 2017 Manufacturing production increased by 2,2% in October 2017 compared with October 2016. This increase was mainly due to higher production in the following divisions: food and beverages (7,3% and contributing 1,8 percentage points); and basic iron and steel, non-ferrous metal products, metal products and machinery (5,8% and contributing 1,1 percentage points). Seasonally adjusted manufacturing production increased by 0,7% in October 2017 compared with September 2017. This followed month-on-month changes of -1,0% in September 2017 and 0,4% in August 2017. Seasonally adjusted manufacturing production increased…

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Businesses bleed jobs for third consecutive quarter

New figures from the QES showed that South Africa’s formal non-agricultural sector shed 31 000 jobs in the third quarter of 2017. With losses of 41 000 in March 2017 and 31 000 in June 2017, this marks the third straight quarter of job losses across South Africa. The job market has experienced notable pressure in the last year, with 83 000 formal jobs lost from September 2016 to September 2017. The greatest losses were reported in the community and personal services industry, down 10 000 for the quarter and 106 000 for the year. This…

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Allied Steelrode: stretching steel, customer service and product quality to new levels of excellence


Since the merger of Steelrode and Allied Chemical and Steel in 2014 which created Allied Steelrode, the business has fast earned its leadership position in the South African steel industry. Today it is the largest procurer of product from South Africa’s primary steel processor; and is also a major importer of steel from abroad. “There have been two keys that have unlocked our success – customer service and product excellence, underpinned by our unwavering investment and dedication to both,” explains Rippon. Since inception, customer service has been the company’s main…

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