Posts tagged as manufacturing

We are captured by deindustrialisation

  Over the past two months we have seen two major conferences where manufacturing, job losses and the shortage of skills in all sectors of the economy have been debated. But if we break it down, the one thing impacting most on South Africa’s economy is deindustrialisation. In the 1980s, manufacturing’s contribution to GDP was 27%. […]

Local perspective on the automation and digitalisation industry

  On 29 June 2017, EE Publishers’ Chris Yelland interviewed Ralf Leinen, head of Digital Factory, Process Industries and Drives, Siemens South Africa. They discussed automation in the South African manufacturing and mining sectors and touched on the education system required to produce talent for the automation and digitalisation industry. Leinen comes from Germany and […]

Rail infrastructure investment leads to new transformer factory

  ABB South Africa opened a new transformer factory near its Longmeadow headquarters, east of Johannesburg, recently. The 2450 m2 factory will produce specially designed traction transformers for Bombardier which has been awarded a contract to supply new locomotives to Transnet for its freight trains. The company’s group CEO, Ulrich Spiesshofer, and Lionel October, the director-general […]

Digitalisation set to develop Africa, not disrupt

  Siemens recently conducted a study in order to determine a digitalisation benchmark across South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia; as well as in African transport, manufacturing and energy industries. Speaking at a media breakfast recently, Sabine Dall’Omo, the CEO of the company’s South African operation, said the four countries were selected as some of […]

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