Extensive research and development has revolutionized our adhesive tapes”, says Mrs. Sarika Rahul Rajgaria, Director of sales, Pentagon Tapes

Adhesive tapes can be easily found in the stationary of a school kid to a skilled craftsman. Their easy application and reliable bond makes it possible to stick an object on the surface an easy task. But we fail to realize that our standard adhesive tapes have pretty much changed in the past decade. They are no longer a solution for temporary bonding as in today’s time, small articles such as a car’s batch of honor to the glass panels of a skyscraper are all stuck using these strong tapes.…

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Absa Bank Helps Distressed Africans Keep Their Homes During Pandemic Using FICO Collections Technology

One of Africa’s largest financial groups wins 2021 FICO® Decisions Award for Debt Collection using automated communications solutions       Highlights: Absa Bank has used FICO® Customer Communication Services to double the number of customers who can self-service to 43 percent Absa Bank has reduced impairment charges on the back of the improvement in customer experience, resulting in an ROI of 29x Absa Bank has won the 2021 FICO® Decisions Award for Debt Management   JOHANNESBURG – 05 March 2021 — Absa Bank, one of Africa’s largest financial groups,…

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SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST IMPORTANT PROFESSIONS RIGHT NOW

When the US President turns his attention to supply chains, it is compelling confirmation that the profession is important, according to Tonya Lamb, business development executive at SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management in Southern Africa.   She says that the supply chain review announced by President Biden has galvanised supply chain professionals around the globe, including the South African supply chain community that SAPICS represents. “The Covid-19 crisis thrust supply chains and supply chain management into the spotlight like never before. It is heartening for the profession…

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Dekra Industrial attains Level 3 B-BBEE: authentically empowered for growth

Following an 18 month transformation process, Dekra Industrial in South Africa has recently attained a Level 3 B-BBEE (Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment) accreditation, with 51 percent black woman ownership. The agreement with the new majority share option holder, established B-BBEE ownership consultancy Transformation Shared Services (TSS), became effective from February 2021. “Transformation is something we take very seriously at Dekra Industrial. We regard our B-BBEE level upgrade as an extremely important and very positive change, in that it represents an authentic collaboration with a well-respected, value-adding B-BBEE partner – with…

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Is South Africa in the 4th Industrial Revolution?

February 2021 IT in Manufacturing       It’s not a rhetorical question, but more one to put ideas into the minds of those capable of turning ideas into solutions – government, industry, thought leaders and entrepreneurs alike. The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), or evolution, has been set as the proverbial carrot dangling ahead of any business which seeks to grow, but lacks the drive to do so. Who would pass up an opportunity to be part of something new, especially something with the word ‘revolution’ in it? Personally, I think…

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Enter competition for manufacturing SMEs

  BY STAFF REPORTER ON FEBRUARY 3, 2021NEWS, POLITICS Manufacturing SMEs are encouraged to enter the Eskom Business Investment Competition (BIC) which closes at midnight on 12 February 2021. “Manufacturing is the fourth largest industry in South Africa and bolstering participation in this sector provides a ripple effect in boosting technology and engineering in the country. It  also goes a long way toward creating jobs,” the organisers said. “Investment in the manufacturing sector creates an environment that supports other economic hubs that will improve the country’s productivity by increasing the ability to trade with…

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Food prices in South Africa in 2021: Joburg vs Cape Town vs Durban

The Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity research group (PMBEJD) has published its latest Household Affordability Index, detailing price changes for basic and essential food items across South Africa. The January 2021 index shows that a food basket consisting of 44 prioritised food items has increased marginally by 1.2% – or R49 – since December 2020. However, price increases have been sharper – around 5.1% or almost R200 more in the basket – since the index was restructured in September 2020. According to the PMBEJD, the average household food basket it…

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Ford invests $1 billion (R15.8) to modernize, expand South African manufacturing for all-new Ranger; adds 1,200 jobs

Ford Motor Company today announced an investment of US$1.05 billion (R15.8 billion) in its South African manufacturing operations – marking the biggest investment in Ford’s 97-year history in South Africa    February 2, 2021 FacebookTwitterLinkedInShare via EmailPrint Ford Motor Company today announced an investment of US$1.05 billion (R15.8 billion) in its South African manufacturing operations – marking the biggest investment in Ford’s 97-year history in South Africa. It also represents one of the largest-ever investments in the South African automotive industry, boosting Ford’s production capability and creating new jobs. “This investment…

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Heading for a new normal: Key global manufacturing centres cling to expansionary territory

Latest manufacturing gauges offer cause for cautious optimism because, while the US and China saw headline declines, confidence is reappearing and both remain in expansionary territory. South Africa’s PMI increased, but revealed a softer underbelly. From the US through China to South Africa, January manufacturing activity gauges – arguably the most timeous and eagerly watched manufacturing sector indicators – have all been encouraging despite undershooting expectations in various respects. US and China indices experienced “modest declines”, while South Africa saw a slight increase at a headline level, but underneath were…

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Agility and teamwork key to success says Rand-Air’s Salesperson of the Year

As winner of the prestigious Rand-Air Salesperson of the Year award, seasoned sales representative at the company’s Mpumalanga branch Chantal Bekker believes that one has to be willing to change the way one has ‘always’ approached and managed customer relationships and sales. The past year was punctuated by fluctuating lockdown restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa and worldwide. The sales team of Rand-Air – leader in the field of portable air, power, flow and lighting solutions, and part of the global Atlas Copco Specialty Rental division –…

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