• When: 20 October 2017
  • Where: Port Elizabeth, South Africa


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 air ports, 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 road show 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 Manufacturing Indaba Eastern Cape will be hosted 20 October 2017 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Visit the Manufacturing Indaba website for all the information


The conference programme will include plenary sessions as well as debate sessions to unpack and encourage active participation at the event. 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 Kwazulu-Natal 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

Register for the 2017 Manufacturing Indaba – Eastern Cape

Target audience

  • Policy Makers
  • Private Equity Investors
  • Industry Sector Specialists
  • Small, Medium and Large Manufacturing Companies
  • Exporters of Manufactured goods
  • IT Solutions Providers
  • Trade Publications / Media
  • Government representatives: Government & Public Sector
  • Undertakings / Intergovernmental Agencies / Industrial Development Zones
  • 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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