New economic zones are no cure-all for manufacturing

Stumbling blocks for the success of special economic zones include legislation and alignment with other policy decisions and incentives, writes Amanda Visser The approval of six special economic zones (SEZs) in the 2018 budget has been welcomed, but some industry players warn they are not a panacea to restore manufacturing to its rightful place in the economy. Issues that remain stumbling blocks for the success of SEZs include legislation, consistency and alignment with other policy decisions and state incentives. According to the Manufacturing Circle, which represents medium to large manufacturing…

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Factory output surges on higher consumption of food and drinks

Annual South African manufacturing output growth accelerated to 2.5% in January from December’s figure, which was revised down to 1.8% from the 2% Statistics SA originally published. This was less than Bloomberg economists’ predictions, whose consensus was 2.8% growth, but matched Investec’s forecast. The boost came from food and beverages, which grew 10.1%, contributing 2.5 percentage points to the total; basic iron and steel, nonferrous metal products, metal products and machinery, which grew 4.3%, contributing 0.8 of a percentage point; and motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment,…

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Sharpening African manufacturers’ competitive edge with technology

African countries from South Africa to Ethiopia to Nigeria are pinning some of their hope for economic growth and job creation on industrialisation. With its young population, dynamic growth and rapidly improving infrastructure, sub-Saharan Africa has the potential to become a manufacturing powerhouse in the years to come. But first, African manufacturers must boost efficiency, productivity and quality if they are to compete with low-cost producers in Asia as well as with the high-tech, tightly integrated supply chains in North America and Europe. A new industrial revolution is rapidly transforming…

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Special occasions: ideas for your on-pack promotion

Special occasions like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween and even Braai Day (South Africa’s Heritage Day) are key events on most brands’ marketing calendars. Many members of the public welcome these days as a break from the day-to-day routine, as well as a chance to treat and celebrate with the ones they love.   These eagerly anticipated days present companies and their marketing teams with an excellent opportunity to increase brand awareness and drive sales – even if they are not selling goods that are traditionally sought-after as…

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What Hang Tab is Right for Your Retail Display?

  Bulky packaging is unnecessary when it comes to hanging your products in a neat and orderly way, especially in a retail environment. The less material you use to hang your packages, the less money you’re going to have to spend on hanging supplies like hang tabs and display strips. The right hang tab means that you will be able to easily cross-sell your products, increase your brand awareness and increase revenue through an increase in impulse buying, reduced cost for packaging, and reduced shelf-space. At Pyrotec PackMedia, we offer…

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Bystronic’s ByStar fiber laser and ByTrans loader from First Cut offers warp-speed productivity combination

The developments of sheet metal cutting technology over the past 30 years have been remarkable. The latest developments in fiber laser technology are taking sheet steel component production to even higher output and quality levels. Bystronic – a world-leading provider of cutting and bending solutions – offers the steel industry the ultimate in productivity solutions. By linking its flagship ByStar 10kW fiber laser to a ByTrans loader, it is now possible to automate production to a far greater level than was possible previously. In South Africa, First Cut, a foremost…

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Waco Africa is now a 52% Black Owned Business

  A learnership programme for 60 females from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, with disabilities, was recently implemented by Sanitech, a division of Waco Africa. The learners, who all reside in rural areas around South Africa, embarked on a General Education and Training Certificate in Hygiene and Cleaning. “This certificate is a level 1 certificate which allows the learner to work and study for a period of 12 months while receiving a stipend,” says Sanitech Managing Director Robert Erasmus. “Embarking on a level 1 roll out allows Sanitech to enrol youth that…

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