The annual KwaZulu-Natal Manufacturing Indaba, to be held on the 22nd August 2018 at the ICC in Durban, South Africa is a revered platform for assembling provincial manufacturers and businesses to explore growth opportunities, uncover the latest manufacturing incentives and trends, as well as to network and collaborate with relevant contacts vested in the sector. The event has announced its agenda which includes a dynamic offering of engaging sessions discussing a range of thought-provoking topics, amongst which are the 4th Industrial Revolution, maximising the market for manufacturers and accessing new markets for manufacturers.
The conference will host forums on the 4th Industrial Revolution and its implication on manufacturing units within the sector. Well-versed industry leaders will impart their knowledge of opportunity development and management of threats whilst proactively implementing strategies to fortify competitive advantage and boost profits through the digitalisation of manufacturing operations. Panel discussions focused on this theme have been devised to educate both small and large manufacturers on the relevance that Industry 4.0 has to every company, thereby empowering manufacturing facilities to improve their innovation tactics and consequently their bottom-line.
A focussed session will delve into how industry players in the sector can thrive by maximising the manufacturing market making use of government grant incentives. Various tools are available to support industrialists in this endeavour and will be thoroughly unpacked, while a greater understanding of how government can contribute to the success of such firms though various incentives, investment opportunities and financial solutions will also be explored.
Moreover, forums have been set up to educate players of the manufacturing domain about the various financing opportunities available to them. These dialogues will explore funding options to encourage investment in South Africa’s manufacturing facilities, assisting them to initiate and execute potential projects. Numerous conditions are required to be met by candidates in order for businesses to gain access to funding initiatives and these panels will serve as platforms to inform potential applicants thereof.
The Conference programme offers a stage for robust discussion and debate on the everchanging nature of the manufacturing landscape which deems acquiring constant access to emerging markets essential. Managing these changes requires a thorough understanding of economic trends that will have a significant impact on manufacturers. Furthermore, forums led by industry experts will unpack prevalent growth opportunities in the small business manufacturing environment and how these smaller enterprises ultimately enable the accelerated growth of larger, more established manufacturing units.
The productivity debate is a pertinent topic within the manufacturing industry. Adopting technology, cultivating talent across the generations and encouraging skills acquisition are fundamental factors to enhancing productivity rates within the sector. Implementation of such strategies will be explored in detail to encourage manufacturers to grow their establishments and create a competitive edge that will see them at the forefront of the industry.
The KwaZulu-Natal Manufacturing Indaba is where industry players converge to discuss prevailing and future concerns whilst acquiring access to relevant networks, content and ideas that empower individuals and manufacturing units to prosper in this highly competitive sector. The event represents the ultimate marketplace for practical educational opportunities that help industry professionals discover what incentives are available from the Province and government to support KwaZulu-Natal manufacturers in growing their businesses, thereby striving to contribute to South Africa’s manufacturing economy in its entirety.
MORE ABOUT THE MANUFACTURING INDABA
The annual KwaZulu-Natal Manufacturing Indaba will be hosted at Durban ICC , Durban on the 22 August 2018. The aim of the Manufacturing Indaba 2018 and its provincial roadshows is to focus on and boost the growth potential of key industry sectors, namely: automotive, construction, metals, forestry, paper & packaging, chemicals, aerospace & defence, industry products and services, and to provide a platform for informative and interactive sessions with the prime movers of the nation’s manufacturing sectors.
The 5th annual Manufacturing Indaba, taking place on 19-20 June 2018, will comprise a two-day conference and exhibition and is hosted in partnership with the Department of Trade & Industry
(the dti) and the Manufacturing Circle. The event is designed specifically for private and public company representatives to hear from industry experts as they unpack challenges and find solutions for growth across the manufacturing sectors, as well as find out about the latest global manufacturing trends and what impacts manufacturers. Register today to participate in the discussion, covering a range of relevant manufacturing topics.
INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER TOPICS
- Disrupting existing business models
- IoT Brings Potential Opportunity to Africa – Leading Africa into the 4th Industrial Revolution
- The way forward for Africa’s Industrialisation
PANEL DISCUSSION TOPICS
FOCUS ON AFRICA:
- Investment led trade and regional economic industrial integration. Value added exports as a key driver of growth.
- Understanding what Africa needs? Lessons from African manufacturers
- Building an industrial financing and incentives ecosystem
- How beneficial is the Chinese-Africa partnership and how can African manufacturers benefit from this relationship? (China is the world’s largest consumer market)
FOCUS ON INDUSTRY 4.0:
- Skills for the future
- Future of production and Cyber Physical systems
- Smart Future Business Strategies and Engineering innovation
- Global value chains and future maintenance Services
FOCUS ON SECTORS:
- The growth and transformation of the Mining Sector and the value addition for manufacturers
- Building the value chain for the Agro-Processing Sector and the how this impacts manufacturers
- The impact of the 4th industrial revolution in the Automotive Sector and the downstream application for suppliers to the OEMs
- Industrial development in the energy sector
The annual Manufacturing Indaba provides a platform for international and local industry players in manufacturing to discuss challenges and to share examples and solutions. Some of the 2017 Manufacturing Indaba conference discussions focused on supporting local industry and creating a demand for local goods, contributing to the manufacturing value chain, skills improvement, and initiatives that can assist in moving Africa towards a more advanced manufacturing industry.
Topics and insights from the previous event forms the foundation of the critical themes for the upcoming 2018 Manufacturing Indaba, which has the overarching event theme of “Manufacturing our Future”. Some key points on the required factors for success and the challenges to overcome, as highlighted at the 2017 conference, include:
FACTORS FOR SUCCESS
- Reinforcing the culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, supported by expertise
- Ongoing risk assessment, understanding the market and adapting to change
- Modern infrastructure: internet, access to new markets, advanced machinery and equipment, specialised and skilled employees
- Progress from a producer of raw materials (the smallest place in the value chain), to include value added activities
- High-impact, low-cost interventions (e.g. Pareto and fishbone analysis)
- Safe, environmentally compliant workplace
- Capable employees with continuously developing skills
- Incentive programmes and policies tailored to support industrial development
- Promoting greater inclusivity, more equitably spread and moving away from false empowerment
- Investing in business with high labour usage to preserve jobs
- Achieving greater coherence in localisation
- Becoming more EFFICIENT and more COMPETITIVE
SOME OF THE CHALLENGES IDENTIFIED
- Global challenges: low demand and investor confidence, lasting impact of 2008 financial crisis, oversupply in some sectors resulting in cut-throat pricing
- Impending uncertainty of the 4th industrial revolution and what impact this will have for manufacturers
- High unemployment rate
- Wages are increasing and productivity is falling
- Low levels of private sector investment due to the period of slow worldwide economic growth
- Domestic market not big enough; we need to be a trading economy. Some import opportunities have closed, but unlike China and India we cannot turn to our local markets
- Electricity costs are increasing above inflation
- Marginal effective tax rate is among the highest for manufacturing
- Skills shortages
- Inefficiencies in roads and infrastructure
Join us at Manufacturing Indaba 2018 to participate in the debate and to learn what
industry specialists say about Manufacturing our Future in Africa.
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The annual Manufacturing Indaba has its sights set on expansion and growing the current offering to manufacturers both from South Africa and from the SADC region. To support this growth strategy, the event has relocated to the Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton, to allow for added venue space to grow the exhibition and the various conference components of the event.
South Africa has developed an established, diversified manufacturing base that has shown its resilience and potential to compete in the global economy. The manufacturing sector provides a locus for stimulating the growth of other activities, such as services, and achieving specific outcomes, such as employment creation and economic empowerment. This platform of manufacturing presents an opportunity to significantly accelerate the country’s growth and development. Underpinning manufacturing is the Department of Trade & Industry’s (the dti) Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP), which aims to achieve structural development and to increase competitiveness of South African manufacturing. * IPAP is discussed and featured extensively in the Manufacturing Indaba Conference.
Export growth and internationalisation of South African companies is supported by the Department of Trade and Industry via the South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) and the newly formed Trade Invest Africa. The Trade Invest Africa Initiative aims to be the arm of the dti that coordinates and implements South Africa’s economic strategy for Africa, premised on the Development Integration approach. The initiative will focus on advancing the priorities for Africa set out in the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) and the National Export Strategy, as well as the opportunities uncovered through continental trade negotiations. With the support of the SAEEC, the dti and Trade Invest Africa, the event will grow to be representative of the region. With a focus on developing Intra-Africa trade relating to manufacturers in the SADC region and the South African manufacturers, the exhibition will host Country Pavilions showcasing manufacturers, county investment agencies and the respective government departments. This will provide the necessary business matchmaking to take place to foster Intra-Africa trade to support Africa’s growth trajectory of 5,5% as predicted by the International Monetary Fund.
Additional new offerings to the Manufacturing Indaba include:
- Aligned to the new venue, the Manufacturing Indaba will launch a new side event conference specifically related to Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT).
- The launch of the Small Business Indaba Exhibition providing for Supplier and Enterprise Development showcases of Black Industrialists.
- Expansion of the Small Business Indaba Conference to include added focus on growing small manufacturers.
“The 5th Manufacturing Indaba continues to be the flagship manufacturing event for South African and for the first time, African manufacturers to participate in. Our aim is to develop and grow the event for the benefit of manufacturers, creating valuable thought leadership content and a successful business engagement platform at the exhibition to provide access to new markets for our manufacturers, stimulating growth and creating employment.” Says Liz Hart, Managing Director of the Manufacturing Indaba.
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Entrepreneurs, government and corporates attended the third annual 2016 Manufacturing Indaba held at the Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng on 28 and 29 June.This year’s conference theme, “manufacturing the future”, was a challenge to attendees. The goal was to imagine an ideal industrial future that worked to the benefit of the globe. This year’s Indaba also focussed on small to medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs).
About the conference
The Indaba’s emphasis is on key industrial sectors. For the governmental co- hosts (the Department of Trade and Industry [the DTI], the Department of Science and Technology, the host City of Ekurhuleni, and the Department of Public Enterprises) the Indaba offers an opportunity to boost the country’s industrial sector, especially those that hold the promise of sustainable growth and job creation.Julie Cunningham, marketing manager of the event, says visitors were able to take advantage of the opportunity to engage with powerhouses in the manufacturing sector at the interactive sessions. Panel discussions included the gas industrialisation strategy and what this means for manufacturers and pathways to African development: trade; regional, industrial and integration.Speakers across the various panels included Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies, Gauteng Premier David Makhura, City of Ekurhuleni, councillor Mondli Gungubele and the Gautrain management agency CEO Jack van der Merwe.
Boost for black business owners
Engineering News reported the DTI’s black industrialists’ programme will be boosted by R500-million. The department’s acting chief director Takalani Tambani explained the funds were approved for eight selected companies across key manufacturing sectors including plastics, pharmaceuticals, metal fabrication and electro-equipment.He encouraged black business owners to form partnerships and joint ventures with one another to be able to compete in the mainstream economy.
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