ABOUT MANUFACTURING INDABA WESTERN CAPE

Manufacturing is the second biggest sector in the Western Cape and contributes about 15% to the South African manufacturing sector output. The province’s agro-processing sector has shown resilience during tough economic times, and its renewables and green tech industries have received significant investments in the past five years.

Two thirds of South Africa’s manufacturing investment in renewables is located in the province – that is, 8 out of the country’s 12 manufacturers. In 2011, the vision was launched for Atlantis to become a centre of this green hub and it is a now a designated Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for “Greentech”. A further R1 billion is expected to be ploughed into this SEZ over the next five years, particularly in the renewable energy sector.

The GreenTech SEZ supports the manufacturing sector to become suppliers and component manufacturers for clean technology, such as renewable energy components.

The West Coast Industrial Plan is also forging ahead. This is a partnership between the Department of Economic Development; Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning; and the Department of Public Works – together with the Saldanha Municipality, and Green Cape.

A sustainable growth trajectory for the province’s manufacturers is being established through a focused collaborative effort by both government and business to strongly support the province’s manufacturing sectors and to marshal domestic resources for increasing investment in the real economy.

The annual Manufacturing Indaba Western Cape 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

Themes to be discussed at the conference:

  • Learn about incentives, investment and financing solutions available to help manufacturers; and what conditions are required by applicants to access funding initiatives

  • Explore how Western Cape manufacturers can access new geographic markets and export into Africa

  • Learn about general economic trends that can impact manufacturers, and innovations which are providing new opportunities

  • Understand how Industry 4.0 is relevant to every company, and how might it be utilised to help innovate and improve the bottom line

  • Understand how technology can help manufacturers and how adopting technology and modern strategies can help manufacturers to grow and create a competitive edge

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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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