keyboard_arrow_upNew efforts bring hope for Industry 4.0-ready SA workforce
keyboard_arrow_downNew efforts bring hope for Industry 4.0-ready SA workforce

Industry 4.0 – smart new automation tools and technologies – are rapidly changing the face of manufacturing and industry around the world. Without a concerted effort to change industry processes and infrastructure, and upskill the workforce, South Africa risks falling behind the world in its efforts to become a player in the global manufacturing market. […]

keyboard_arrow_upManufacturing: a weak or strong link in your value chain?
keyboard_arrow_downManufacturing: a weak or strong link in your value chain?

Manufacturing can (and should) be a catalyst for South Africa’s future GDP growth. With a GDP that fell by 0.7 per cent in the second quarter of 2018, following a decrease of 2.6 per cent in the first quarter (Stats SA), it is imperative to look towards this industry as a key contributor. What sets […]

keyboard_arrow_upIt’s time to boost productivity
keyboard_arrow_downIt’s time to boost productivity

In the examination of effects of time management on overall productivity, a distinction must first be made between ‘time’ and the concept of ‘working time’. Working time refers to any period during which your worker works at your disposal and carries out their activities or duties, and any period during which your worker is receiving […]

keyboard_arrow_upWe don’t have a food crisis we have a food waste crisis
keyboard_arrow_downWe don’t have a food crisis we have a food waste crisis

If you want to know how much food the world wastes, the Internet is your friend. It can tell you about the farm in the United States that dumps at least a quarter of its potatoes for being too big, too small, too ugly or the “wrong” colour. Or about how food waste is responsible […]

keyboard_arrow_upSecuring credit card transactional data is crucial
keyboard_arrow_downSecuring credit card transactional data is crucial

Ever wondered where every credit card transaction is recorded and stored and how secure that data is, especially after the hardware on which that data is stored reaches end-of-life. If this data is compromised and lands in the wrong hands, it could have catastrophic consequences for not only the company concerned, but for the banks […]

keyboard_arrow_upSinawe Fund’s growth equity will boost black businesses
keyboard_arrow_downSinawe Fund’s growth equity will boost black businesses

Imperial Logistics’ “Sinawe” enterprise and supplier development (ESD) fund will grow and develop two black-owned small businesses and has enabled the transformation of a white-owned transport company.

keyboard_arrow_upCritical factors to fuel the data-driven enterprise
keyboard_arrow_downCritical factors to fuel the data-driven enterprise

Successful digital businesses depend on data to provide the insights necessary to deliver new innovations, products, and services. But those insights are only as good as the underlying data. As the number of business decision-makers who depend on real-time data increases, the issue of data governance grows increasingly important. Anton Jacobsz managing director of Networks […]

keyboard_arrow_upSAPICS trains unemployed women in honour of Women’s Month
keyboard_arrow_downSAPICS trains unemployed women in honour of Women’s Month

To mark Women’s Month in South Africa, SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, gave 15 unemployed women the opportunity to complete a training course geared towards helping them re-enter the workforce and attain a professional designation in supply chain management.

keyboard_arrow_upNew tech backbone for Mosca’s customer-specific solutions
keyboard_arrow_downNew tech backbone for Mosca’s customer-specific solutions

Earlier this year, Mosca set up a new division to handle individual customer requests. The division supports its dedicated team of experienced specialists handling sales, designs, the production of special machines and integrated system solutions.

keyboard_arrow_upIberchem Group to acquire majority stake in Versachem
keyboard_arrow_downIberchem Group to acquire majority stake in Versachem

Iberchem Group has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Versachem, an established privately owned company specialised in the development and manufacturing of food flavours and colours. Headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa, Versachem has been operating successfully in the region since 2006, offering a wide portfolio of high-quality products and counting on […]

keyboard_arrow_upBosch strengthens operations in Africa with acquisition of Hytec
keyboard_arrow_downBosch strengthens operations in Africa with acquisition of Hytec

The Bosch Group is strengthening its business in Africa and further expanding its industrial technology portfolio on the continent. Effective 28 February, Bosch Rexroth AG has acquired all shares in Hytec Holdings, Johannesburg, South Africa. Hytec specialises in the marketing of hydraulic and automation solutions, and is the leading company in the field in sub-Saharan […]

keyboard_arrow_upProduct recall and contamination insurance
keyboard_arrow_downProduct recall and contamination insurance

Recent high-profile product recalls have focused an uncomfortable spotlight on failures of product safety and contamination prevention processes, highlighting the need for comprehensive risk management and insurance to manage the onerous reputational, financial and legal repercussions of a large-scale product recall.

keyboard_arrow_upOvercoming African manufacturing challenges
keyboard_arrow_downOvercoming African manufacturing challenges

Manufacturers based in South Africa often face unique and intricate operational challenges. From labour unrest to an unstable electrical grid, water shortages, harsh conditions and asset risks, there are various factors to consider, and strategic management is essential. With the right technology, however, these challenges can be overcome for a profitable, seamlessly run manufacturing plant.

keyboard_arrow_upEXEO Capital backs Zambian foods distributor
keyboard_arrow_downEXEO Capital backs Zambian foods distributor

Africa-focused private equity manager, EXEO Capital, has announced an investment of USD 6.4m into Capital Fisheries – a market-leading Zambian food distributor that specialises in the cold-chain distribution of animal proteins. Concluded at the end of April 2018, the investment was made by EXEO Capital’s Agri-Vie Fund II – a private equity fund focused on […]

keyboard_arrow_upIFF to combine with Frutarom
keyboard_arrow_downIFF to combine with Frutarom

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. and Frutarom announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which IFF will acquire Frutarom in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $7.1 billion, including the assumption of Frutarom’s net debt. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of […]

keyboard_arrow_upThe future’s smartest supply chains will leverage blockchain
keyboard_arrow_downThe future’s smartest supply chains will leverage blockchain

‘I envision blockchains as the orchestrator of the supply chain process, where supply chain events – or transactions – can originate from applications as well as ‘things’. A smart contract will determine the next action to be conducted along the supply chain, based on blockchain transactions linked to the contract.’

keyboard_arrow_upImperial Logistics gives Pick n Pay a competitive edge
keyboard_arrow_downImperial Logistics gives Pick n Pay a competitive edge

A mobile enabled, completely integrated delivery management solution has delivered business growth, increased market share and greater customer satisfaction for Pick n Pay.

keyboard_arrow_upWillowton Group to absorb VAT increase
keyboard_arrow_downWillowton Group to absorb VAT increase

Leading southern African fast-moving consumer goods company processor and distributor, Willowton Group announced that they will absorb the one percentage point increase in the value added tax rate for three months (April, May and June 2018) effectively shielding their valued consumers from the VAT increases announced recently in the national budget.

keyboard_arrow_upDevelopment programme launched to boost Eastern Cape exports
keyboard_arrow_downDevelopment programme launched to boost Eastern Cape exports

The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber in partnership with the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) has launched a new one-year Exporter Development Programme as part of an enterprise development strategy to empower business owners and companies.

keyboard_arrow_upMigiva Group and OZblu to provide global market with superior blueberry varieties
keyboard_arrow_downMigiva Group and OZblu to provide global market with superior blueberry varieties

Migiva Group and OZblu announced that they signed a joint venture agreement combining their skills and strengths to form OZblu America, which will bring to market a superior blueberry consumer experience, through production and delivery of exclusively patented varieties that offer nuanced flavours of sweeter, juicier, and crunchier blueberries.

keyboard_arrow_upJörg Pieper appointed new CEO of Romaco
keyboard_arrow_downJörg Pieper appointed new CEO of Romaco

Jörg Pieper has just been appointed new CEO of Romaco with immediate effect by the Advisory Board of Romaco Holding. Truking Investment Co, based in Changsha (China), acquired a majority interest in Romaco at the beginning of July 2017.

keyboard_arrow_upMamongae Mahlare becomes Illovo Sugar’s second female country MD
keyboard_arrow_downMamongae Mahlare becomes Illovo Sugar’s second female country MD

Illovo Sugar South Africa (Illovo SA) announced the appointment of Mamongae Mahlare as managing director (MD) with effect from 1 March 2018.   She succeeds Dave Howells who, after nine years as local MD, has chosen to take up the opportunity of a new role within the broader Illovo Sugar Africa Group as corporate and external […]

keyboard_arrow_upThe high cost of supply chain glitches
keyboard_arrow_downThe high cost of supply chain glitches

Supply chain disruptions are widely regarded as one of the greatest risks facing manufacturers, and have become a top concern of global insurance providers.

keyboard_arrow_upPioneer Foods to buy leading UK granola brand Lizi’s
keyboard_arrow_downPioneer Foods to buy leading UK granola brand Lizi’s

The South African stalwart has announced that it is adding the UK-based granola brand, Lizi’s to its stable of well-known breakfast cereals. Pioneer Foods is the local market leading breakfast cereal manufacturer with household brands such as Weet-Bix, ProNutro, and Bokomo corn flakes among others.

keyboard_arrow_upFirmenich acquires Flavourome to expand its presence in Africa
keyboard_arrow_downFirmenich acquires Flavourome to expand its presence in Africa

Firmenich is acquiring Flavourome, an established privately-held flavours company in South Africa that has been successfully serving the local market since 1998. With this acquisition, Firmenich will accelerate business growth in this strategic region by gaining direct access to new customers, while operating its own high performing manufacturing facility in South Africa.

keyboard_arrow_upGEA extend portfolio with extrusion and milling technology
keyboard_arrow_downGEA extend portfolio with extrusion and milling technology

With the concluded acquisition of the Italian Pavan Group end of November 2017 the Düsseldorf engineering group GEA purchased a leading supplier of extrusion and milling technology for processing all kinds of fresh and dried pasta, pelleted snack products and breakfast cereals. The acquisition is an important milestone in the declared growth strategy for further […]

keyboard_arrow_uptna strengthens leadership with appointment of Jonathan Rankin as chief sales officer
keyboard_arrow_downtna strengthens leadership with appointment of Jonathan Rankin as chief sales officer

tna announced the appointment of Jonathan Rankin as chief sales officer (CSO). A tna and industry veteran, Jonathan returns to the company to head up tna’s global sales division and support customers as the company branches out into new applications and industry sectors. Based out of tna’s Sydney office, he will be responsible for providing […]

keyboard_arrow_upA legacy of efficient supply chain management
keyboard_arrow_downA legacy of efficient supply chain management

In a tight and competitive economy what is the one thing that can set your organisation aside and give you a competitive advantage? Efficient and effective supply chains of course.

keyboard_arrow_upCalories are cultural
keyboard_arrow_downCalories are cultural

Professor Yanga Zembe, socio-anthropologist and researcher at the University of the Western Cape, recently presented her findings as part of an on-going study on how a strong socio-political context currently frames the food landscape in South Africa, at the first Yoghurt Summit in Johannesburg. Our multicultural population, issues of food security, and the major socio-political shifts that took place in South Africa have played a pivotal role in shaping and moulding our current food landscape.

keyboard_arrow_upPhelokazi Mpondo joins SCM inside sales team
keyboard_arrow_downPhelokazi Mpondo joins SCM inside sales team

Having worked in both internal and external sales in the industry previously and carrying a B-Tech mechanical engineering degree, Phelokazi joins SMC as part of the inside sales team based in Johannesburg.