Participating at the Manufacturing Indaba is an ideal way to position your company as a market leader at this premier event. By becoming a partner, you will showcase your brand optimally and generate great brand awareness. Manufacturing Indaba provides a major networking platform for decision makers and professionals within the Manufacturing sector. Manufacturing Indaba offers a variety of customisable marketing opportunities that fit your brand’s needs and objectives. Contact us today to learn more about this opportunity.

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2019 Partners


Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape

The AIDC EC is an implementing agent of the Eastern Cape Province’s policy and support to the region’s auto and manufacturing sector. It provides world-class training and customised shop-floor improvement interventions to all manufacturers. These include Six Sigma, TPM, World Class Manufacturing, Energy Management, QMS, Enterprise Development and Workplace Wellness.

The AIDC Eastern Cape is a subsidiary of ECDC responsible for the Automotive Sector as implementer of policy . Its supplier development programs bolsters the AIDC in its newly adopted strategy aligned to Automotive Master Plan 2035, with specific focus on Localisation, Transformation and deepening the value chain. Skills development lies at the core of the sector, to which the Strategy has identified key strategic projects. A smart industrial academy on the principles of world approved and effective infrastructure to grow SME’s , suppliers, industry 4IR, and skills for the youth and unemployed. Manufacturing Incubators for both metros within the Eastern Cape for development of Newco’s, SME’s and existing black suppliers for scaling.

View the resources available at and follow us on linkedin: AIDCEasterncape.


Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber

The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber is a Not for Profit Company representative of a broad spectrum of businesses in Nelson Mandela Bay. It is one of the largest voluntary business associations in the Eastern Cape. As a leading catalyst for economic development, it has been the heartbeat of business success in the region for over 150 years. The Business Chamber lobbies on issues affecting the ease of doing business and companies’ sustainability to create an enabling business environment.


The Coega Development Corporation (CDC)

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is a global award-winning state-owned company (SOC), mandated to develop and operate the 9003 ha Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in terms of the SEZ Act No.16 of 2014. “Coega,” as is commonly referred, was established in 1999 with its Headquarters in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan in the Eastern Cape Province. The CDC’s vision is to be the leading catalysts for championing of the socio-economic development in the Eastern Cape and throughout Southern Africa through providing a competitive investment location, facilitate holistic infrastructure, and value-adding commercial business solutions.

Our main product offering, which is business to business, comprises of the Coega SEZ (including the Nelson Mandela Logistics Park in Uitenhage), Commercial Business Solutions, and Project Management Services (including infrastructure development and facilities management). The Coega SEZ is the leading prime industrial development zone in Africa and preferred investment destination for local and international businesses. Through its modern infrastructure in terms of rail/road/airport/ 2 sea ports/energy power stations/bulk-services/telecommunication connections, the Coega SEZ has become a transshipment hub for global industries.

The Coega SEZ is specifically designed along the cluster model, linking related industries and their supply chains in close proximity to one another to maximise efficiency and minimise turnaround times. The SEZ is ISO certified in many areas, demarcated into 14 zones, which are sector-specific:

  • Commercial and logistics
  • Automotive and auto components
  • Metals and metallurgy
  • Chemicals
  • Energy
  • Agro-processing (aquaculture, food packaging and food processing)
  • Business Processes Outsourcing
  • Maritime
  • Trade Solutions/ Training and Skills Development

The success of the Coega SEZ has been acknowledged by world leaders including the former Vice President of the People’s Republic of China, Dr. Li Yuanchao, who recognized the Coega SEZ as one of the best SEZ in the developing countries. It is a right place and right choice for companies with a global vision. To date, the CDC has delivered on its mandate to provide socio-economic development for the Eastern Cape, has enabled the creation of over 100,000 direct and indirect jobs since inception. Currently, there are 45 operational investors in the Coega SEZ with investment value of R7 billion. Investment portfolio is in excess of R181-billion. The CDC has also trained 92 583 people since inception.


Export Helpdesk

The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) and Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) have jointly established Export Helpdesks within the Eastern Cape in 2015. The Export Helpdesks have a mandate to train, develop and promote aspiring and existing exporters in order to increase the value of trade in the region and grow the number of Eastern Cape Exporters.

ECDC and NMBM remain committed to developing and strengthening a trade and export service delivery network with the aim to:

Establish and operationalize the Export Helpdesk in order to implement the Department of Trade and Industry’s (the dti) National Exporter Development Programme (NEDP) in the Eastern Cape.

Provide relevant developmental and promotional products and services in order to increase the contribution made by SMME’s to the Eastern Cape’s economic growth.

The two Export Helpdesks are situated in Buffalo City Municipality (East London and the surrounding area) and in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and the surrounding area). The services of the Export Helpdesk are however available to all aspiring and existing Eastern Cape exporters.

Our dedicated coordinators, who have been trained in trade and export development and promotion, are ready and willing to be of service to you by providing any of the listed services.

  • Export Information and Advice
  • Export Readiness Assessment Tools
  • Sector Reports
  • Information on HS Codes
  • Export Training , Development and Promotion
  • How to register as an Exporter
  • Information on the dti and other incentives & interventions
  • Country profiles and market profiles
  • Calendar of Events (Trade Missions, Training Seminars, National Pavilions, Workshops, etc)
  • And many more specialised services.


Cova Advisory & Associates

Cova Advisory & Associates was established by Duane Newman and Tumelo Chipfupa. The Cova team offers an holistic advisory service and has over 50 years experience in various government programmes including grant and tax incentives,  supplier development and black economic empowerment,  DFI finance, carbon tax, customs and international trade.  We have a team of chartered accountants, lawyers and engineers. Cova is a SANAS accredited energy measurement and verification Inspection Body (EEMV0007).


Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda)

Seda, is an agency of the Department of Small Business Development, which provides non-financial support to SMMEs and aspiring entrepreneurs. Seda is home to the largest entrepreneurial support and development network across SA, with 56 branches and 46 co-location points within municipalities, townships and rural areas. The Seda network boasts 14 Centres of Entrepreneurship  Rapid Incubators at Higher Education Institutions and 76 incubators and accelerators across the country, supporting over 3000 entrepreneurs.


AV Designers

AV Designers is a premier Audio-Visual Staging and Hire Company in the Eastern Cape. Serving the corporate and entertainment event sector for nearly two decades, our passion for exceeding expectations, technical as well as creative ensures we leave our trade-mark signature on every production we touch.  AV Designers takes a sincere and dedicated interest in all aspects of any event from pre-production support, through to the implementation of the audio, video and lighting concept.

Lighting: AV Designers has developed a reputation for being exceptionally creative lighting designers. Our team prides itself on our innovation, expertise and together with the use of the latest technical equipment will deliver breath-taking moments on stage and within the venue itself.

Sound: The quality of sound is a critical aspect of the delivery of any event, show or presentation. Our audio engineers bring years of technical experience in understanding venue acoustics to optimize best results. Our range of audio products covers the needs of conferences, gala dinners and cocktail functions alike.  

Video: Event video is a key aspect in the message and creative delivery. AV Designers will ensure the visual offering is optimized for all presentations, ensuring the visual effects compliment the production’s lighting design.

Staging: Our modular staging kits are adaptable to fit almost anywhere, and our design team is at hand to facilitate custom design of staging and set backdrops (including set furnishings and accessories).

Experience the impact of an integrated technical delivery that has sound, lighting and video engineers combining their individual expertise into one seamless event.