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Five 3D printing myths
Five 3D printing myths

The first conviction for 3D printing a firearm was recently reported in London, not long after 3D printed masks were used to trick face recognition. Should we be afraid?

By Ahmad Beltagui, Achilleas Sesis and Nikolaos Stylos 1 day ago

SA cement producers apply for safeguards as imports undercut local industry
SA cement producers apply for safeguards as imports undercut local industry

The Concrete Institute (TCI) has applied to the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) of South Africa to investigate the surge in imports of cement at low prices...

2 days ago

Pep Clothing celebrates 50 years of local production
Pep Clothing celebrates 50 years of local production

Pep Clothing is celebrating 50 years of production in South Africa. The company, which is SA's largest clothing manufacturer under one roof, has reached this milestone birthday despite operating in a strained manufacturing environment...

13 Aug 2019

Diageo dedicates $219m to sustainability projects in Africa
Diageo dedicates $219m to sustainability projects in Africa

Diageo, one of the world's largest producers of spirits and beers, has committed to investing $219million in renewable energy upgrades at 11 of its breweries in Africa...

8 Aug 2019

SA's furniture industry to unveil its master plan by 2020
SA's furniture industry to unveil its master plan by 2020

The South Africa Furniture Initiative has indicated that the proposed Furniture Industry Master Plan (FIMP) will be completed by 2020. The FIMP will focus on the development and support of the local industry...

6 Aug 2019

'Made in Van Phuc': How place identity can help artisans survive in a globalised world
'Made in Van Phuc': How place identity can help artisans survive in a globalised world

The identity of luxury goods firms is often anchored in the creativity and skill of the artisans behind the objects. A case in point is Hermès, where workers spend years learning to work with precious materials such as leather and silk...

By Hung M. Nguyen and Marcos Barros 15 Jul 2019

Better risk management needed in the manufacturing industry
Better risk management needed in the manufacturing industry

Manufacturing is an industry that is highly vulnerable to cyber attacks....

15 Jul 2019

Ericsson to build its first fully-automated smart factory
Ericsson to build its first fully-automated smart factory

Ericsson is set to build its first fully-automated smart factory in the U.S., expected to be up and running in early 2020...

5 Jul 2019

The biggest factors influencing industrial cleaning
The biggest factors influencing industrial cleaning

The world is constantly in flux - what's the standard today may not be so by tomorrow. And while being trendy may seem superficial at first, ensuring that your business follows suit with the rest of world is crucial...

5 Jul 2019

Local manufacturers need to look to the next generation of AI
Local manufacturers need to look to the next generation of AI

South Africa's manufacturing sector is under enormous pressure, contracting by 8.8% quarter-on-quarter in the first quarter of 2019, according to Stats SA...

By Mohamed Cassoojee 28 Jun 2019

SEZ could revive manufacturing capacity in Vaal Triangle
SEZ could revive manufacturing capacity in Vaal Triangle

An important attribute that SA can take away from the success of Special Economic Zones at a global level is the importance of collaboration between key public and private stakeholders...

By Zak Sivalingum 26 Jun 2019

JIT manufacturing at the core of an optimised FMCG supply chain
JIT manufacturing at the core of an optimised FMCG supply chain

The ability to manufacture 'just enough' stock to cover orders and deliver 'just enough' product to every retailer is the optimal supply chain scenario in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry...

By Andrew Dawson 24 Jun 2019

Grassroots commercial enterprises launched at Yes4Youth hub in Tembisa
Grassroots commercial enterprises launched at Yes4Youth hub in Tembisa

The Youth Employment Service has launched two new business partnerships at the Kago Yes4Youth Community Hub in Tembisa, the first step to fulfilling its next development goal of becoming a commercial centre...

3 Jun 2019

Female-led youth asphalt-manufacturing company launched in Limpopo
Female-led youth asphalt-manufacturing company launched in Limpopo

Last month marked the official launch of Maloka Machaba Surfacing (MM Surfacing), a 100% black youth-owned hot mix asphalt manufacturing company in Limpopo, the brainchild of Kate Machaba and Matshela Maloka...

3 Jun 2019

Big Pharma emits more greenhouse gases than the automotive industry
Big Pharma emits more greenhouse gases than the automotive industry

Rarely does mention of the pharmaceutical industry conjure up images of smoke stacks, pollution and environmental damage...

By Lotfi Belkhir 28 May 2019

How AI will revolutionise manufacturing
How AI will revolutionise manufacturing

Many have wondered whether Amazon may decide to enter an entirely new sector such as manufacturing to drive future growth...

By Antony Bourne 27 May 2019

Tech makes end-to-end supply chain visibility and predictive analytics a reality
Tech makes end-to-end supply chain visibility and predictive analytics a reality

Line of sight is the biggest challenge for all aspects of the supply chain, from the manufacturer to the wholesaler, distributor and the reseller and even to the end consumer...

By Andrew Dawson 21 May 2019

Coca-Cola to retain majority stake in Africa bottling business
Coca-Cola to retain majority stake in Africa bottling business

The Coca-Cola Company has announced that it will maintain its majority stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa, abandoning plans to refranchise its Africa bottling business...

21 May 2019

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

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