ABOUT MANUFACTURING INDABA EASTERN CAPE

The Eastern Cape economy is becoming increasingly modern and export-oriented, with great potential for growth of existing industries and the establishment of new industries. Its geographic location, quality sea and airports, an abundance of natural resources and world-class infrastructure bodes particularly well for the growth of export-oriented industries.

General manufacturing in the Eastern Cape is based mainly in the urban areas of East London and Port Elizabeth. The location of general manufacturing in these areas is directly related to the fact that the urban areas of the Eastern Cape offer investors access to prime manufacturing locations, ready access to skilled and trained employees, and ease of logistics for both domestic and foreign markets.

General manufacturing makes up a significant portion of the provincial economy and is primarily driven by the needs of the automotive sector, which is the biggest manufacturing sector in the Eastern Cape. The Eastern Cape is home to four of the seven OEMs operating in South Africa and up to 100 major component manufacturers. Eastern Cape based international vehicle assemblers include Mercedes Benz in East London, General Motors and Volkswagen in Nelson Mandela Bay and Ford Motors. The Eastern Cape manufactures half of the country’s passenger vehicles and provides 51% of South Africa’s vehicle exports.

The annual Manufacturing Indaba Eastern Cape roadshow brings together provincial manufacturers and businesses to explore growth opportunities, find out about the latest manufacturing incentives and trends, and provide a platform for networking and collaboration.

  • The conference programme will include plenary sessions as well as debate sessions to unpack and encourage active participation at the event
  • The exhibition provides an opportunity for manufacturers to showcase their expertise, network with industry peers and meet business suppliers

TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED INCLUDE:

  • What are the challenges and opportunities facing the South African manufacturing sector in the next 5 years?

  • What incentives are available from the Province and government to help Eastern Cape manufacturers to grow their manufacturing businesses?

  • Opportunities for growth in the small business manufacturing environment and how can big manufacturers benefit from small business?

  • Access to finance

  • Strategies for growth and competitive advantage including the productivity debate

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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)

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THE VOICES OF MANUFACTURING INDABA EASTERN CAPE

Some of our past key speakers are included below. The speakers for the next event will be announced closer to the event.

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR
NWABISA MAKUNGA

Deputy Editor
The Herald and Weekend Post

WELCOME ADDRESS
COUNCILLOR ATHOL TROLLIP
Executive Mayor
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
THOMAS SCHÄEFER
Chairman and Managing Director
Volkswagen Group South Africa

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
GARTH STRACHAN
Deputy Director-General for Industrial Development: Policy Development Division
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti)

 

MODERATOR
PRINCE MATONSI
Operations Manager/Acting Chief Executive Officer
Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber

 

MODERATOR
WELILE MOSS
Chief Executive Officer
Anathi Oils

 

MODERATOR
JANE STEVENSON
Director
Magnetic Storm

 

PANELLIST
TUMELO CHIPFUP
Director
Cova Advisory & Associates

 

PANELLIST
KEN CLARK
Chief Executive Officer
Twizza (Pty) Ltd

PANELLIST
DAVE COFFEY
Managing Director of Shatterprufe and President of NAACAM

 

PANELLIST
KINGSLEY DELL-ROBERTSON
Regional Manager
Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)

 

PANELLIST
TSIDISO DISENYANA
Senior Economist
Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC)