MANUFACTURERS, ARE YOU READY?

The Manufacturing Indaba will comprise of a two-day conference and showcase exhibition hosted in the heart of Sandton.  The event, with its strategic partners, the dti and the Manufacturing Circle, will provide a platform to highlight challenges and issues that are impacting the South African manufacturing industry currently, and will set out to seek innovative ideas to create local market attractiveness and move the industry forward over the next 5 years.

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.

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South Africa has developed an established, diversified manufacturing base that has shown its resilience to compete in the global economy, but more needs to be done to support Manufacturing. Manufacturing presents an opportunity to significantly accelerate the country’s growth and development. The manufacturing sector contributes about 15 % of gross domestic product and is vital for creating employment.

Drivers such as innovation, costs of labour and materials, supplier networks, economy and trade, infrastructure and government investments all play a role in increasing global competitiveness.

According to Deloitte’s recent Manufacturing Competitiveness Report there are major challenges that undermine South Africa’s competitiveness. South Africa is in the bottom 20% with regard to the quality of its education system, the business cost of crime and violence, HIV prevalence and labour market efficiency. Greater collaboration between government and the private sector is required, but so too is collaboration within the private sector.

The conference programme will include plenary sessions as well as breakaway debate sessions to unpack and encourage active participation at the event. The 2018 programme and themes will be available shortly.

THE AIM OF THE MANUFACTURING INDABA

  • To provide a platform for informative and interactive sessions with the prime movers of manufacturing sector across various spheres like government, policy makers, industrial leaders, academia and potential investors

  • To highlight incentives available to ensure foreign investment and aid the establishment of global companies in the South African manufacturing sector

  • To debate the challenges and opportunities facing the South African manufacturing sector in the next 5 years

  • To look at global trends to assist in developing and maintain a skilled workforce

  • To focus on the growth potential of 6 key industry sectors, as well as unpacking challenges and obstacles to find solutions for growth in each sector

  • To draw attention to new potential growth areas and showcase manufacturing opportunities in order to provide financial assistance as well as access to finance to the industrial players

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TARGET AUDIENCE - WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Policy Makers
  • Private Equity Investors
  • Industry Sector Specialists
  • Small, Medium and Large Manufacturing Companies
  • Exporters of Manufactured goods
  • IT Solutions Providers
  • Trade Publication / Media
  • Government representatives
  • Financial Institutions and Banks
  • Consultancy Organizations
  • Industrial suppliers
  • Manufacturing Development Agencies
  • Logistics / Supply Chain Companies
  • Private investors: global and domestic
  • Academic & Research Bodies
  • Allied Industries (Cement, Iron, Steel Producers, etc)

ATTEND THE EVENT AND BENEFIT FROM

  • Attending industry leader panel discussions
  • Connecting with capital and financing sources
  • Discussing current issues, challenges and developments in the manufacturing industry
  • Exploring business growth through acquisition opportunities
  • Networking with industry peers
  • Meeting business suppliers
  • Understanding the South African manufacturing regulatory environment, i.e. Black Economic Empowerment and localisation
  • Finding Black Economic Empowerment partners

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