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Clothing & Textiles News

Local textile company opens new factory and launches worker shareholding programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th May 2024 Cape Town-based bedding and linen manufacturer Sheraton Textiles (Sheraton) on Monday officially inaugurated its new factory and launched its Workers Trust employee share ownership programme (ESOP). The company is currently 100%-owned by national development finance institution the Industrial... 

Sustainability trend creates opportunities for paper producers

29th March 2024 The pulp and paper manufacturing industry holds a meaningful position in the landscape of South Africa's industrial sector, says industry association Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA). As the backbone of numerous sectors, “its vitality is paramount to South Africa’s economic... 

An image of a paper ream at a paper mill
THE CIRCLE OF FIBRE On average, the country recovers 1.1-million tonnes of paper and paper packaging each year, with 75% to 80% of the fibre going back into local production. More than half of the country’s locally manufactured paper is made from recycled paper fibre

White biotechnology solutions highlighted

15th March 2024 Market intelligence specialists IDTechEx reported in February that handbags made of mushroom leather and biodegradable foodware are two examples of how white biotechnology can produce functional products that look good. White biotechnology uses enzymes and microorganisms to produce value-added... 

Mushrooms next to two manufactured leather rounds
SO MUSHROOM FOR DEVELOPMENT The development of leather form mushrooms and other white biotechnologies bodes well for a greener textile future

South African fashion retailers boost local production amid port delays

By: Reuters     28th February 2024 South African fashion retailers are ramping up local production and using alternative sea ports and air freight to mitigate the impact of congestion at traditional ports that has caused massive delays in stock deliveries, executives told Reuters. State-owned logistics company Transnet said in... 

Shirts on hangers in a clothing factory

Sappi's Cloquet mill scores high in facility environmental management audit

By: Schalk Burger     31st October 2023 JSE-listed dissolving wood pulp and paper-based solutions company Sappi has completed a Higg Facility Environmental Management (FEM) verification audit at its Cloquet mill, in northern Minnesota, in the US. The mill achieved a final score of 91.5%, which reinforces and demonstrates the sound... 

The Cloquet mill
The Cloquet mill

New guideline fosters inclusivity

27th October 2023 An updated guideline for a Mandatory Code of Practice (CoP) for the selection and provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for women in the South African mining industry was introduced on July 28 2023 by the Chief Inspector of Mines David Msiza, incorporating the health and safety... 

Hardhat brand recounts 15 years of success

27th October 2023 Following Heritage Day, celebrated on September 24, integrated workplace safety solutions provider BBF Safety Group highlighted the role its hardhat brand Nikki has played in the industry for over 15 years, particularly within the harshest mining environments. BBF marketing manager Deane Nothard... 

New protective pants reduce leg injuries

27th October 2023 In light of studies showing that many chainsaw-related accidents often involve injury to the legs, global proprietor and innovators of professional grade outdoor power products Husqvarna introduces a new design for protective pants in its line of personal protective equipment. The new line of... 

The above image depicts the personal protective equipment provided by Husqvarna
INCREASING SAFETY The Husqvarna chainsaw pants aim to prevent and reduce the number of leg injuries resulting from chainsaw-related accidents in the forestry industry

Waste industry can mitigate unemployment

By: Bridget Lepere     6th October 2023 South Africa needs more companies to implement effective waste management systems and principles in their value chains to effect a more circular economy. The country needs a focus on waste beneficiation, looking beyond to products’ next life and the viable use of recycled resources, states green... 

Talk of the town at Indaba

29th September 2023 The Manufacturing Indaba, being held in October, endeavours to promote positive changes in sub-Saharan Africa’s manufacturing landscape – a source of livelihood for millions of people and leading contributor to the region’s gross domestic product. The tenth instalment of the Manufacturing Indaba,... 

A gentleman giving a talk standing on a stage in front of a large screen with the word PHYGITAL
TRENDING TOPICS The topics for the Manufacturing Indaba this year will cover new trends, challenges, and prospects going forward

Industrial policy changes needed, TIPS forum hears

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2023 Academics and researchers have highlighted some of the policy changes needed within a changing global economy during economic research nonprofit institution Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies’ (TIPS’s) yearly forum. Management consultancy firm RB Africa director Odwa Mtati told delegates that... 

Textile manufacturing

Silverleaf Business Accelerator set to catapult cannabis industry

By: Cameron Mackay     25th July 2023 Investment company Silverleaf Investments is the first-of-its-kind venture capital company in South Africa. The company is focused on investments throughout the entire cannabis value chain by providing finance and active hands-on management support to scalable, growth-oriented cannabis small-,... 

Pamsa stresses comprehensive sustainability of forestry, papermaking

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2023 Industry association the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) has emphasised the environmental, economic and social sustainability benefits of the local papermaking and recycling industry. Speaking at a roundtable event, in Johannesburg, on July 5, Pamsa executive director Jane... 

Trees used to make paper in South Africa are specifically farmed, as tree growing and paper making processes are audited, certified, and sustainability managed
Trees used to make paper in South Africa are specifically farmed, as tree growing and paper making processes are audited, certified, and sustainability managed

Efficient storage for components

9th December 2022 Materials handling systems designer Conceptainer says its Thrift recyclable bulk collapsible bins, which weigh only 28 kg when empty, are an efficient system for the storage and transport of automotive components. The company adds that this includes plastic moulded parts and seat components, as... 

A black box with Thrift Box printed on the side
NIFTY THRIFTY The new Thrift box developed by Conceptainer is perfectly suited to the transport and storage of various automotive components

Company opens flagship distribution centre locally

4th November 2022 Distributor of consumer goods to Africa, Massmart, has opened its new flagship Riversands distribution centre in Riversands, Gauteng. The company announced that it had officially opened its new Massmart Distribution Centre, on June 14. 

An aerial view of a hugs warehouse and distribution centre designed and built by Massmart
MASSIVE MILESTONE Massmart has opened its flagship distribution center in Riversands Gateng

Less than 1% of discarded textiles are recycled back into clothing

By: Darren Parker     27th September 2022 In South Africa, only about 13% of textiles are recycled at all, while less than 1% is recycled back into clothing, environmental services company Pinpoint Sustainability director Nicola Jenkin revealed during a presentation to textile sector stakeholders of findings and recommendations set out... 

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Sappi shows off its Saiccor mill after latest R7.7bn upgrade 

By: Darren Parker     14th September 2022 A R7.7-billion expansion and environmental upgrade project at paper and pulp company Sappi’s Saiccor mill was officially opened by President Cyril Ramaphosa, on September 13 in Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal. Sappi said the project – which was first announced at the 2018 Presidential Investment... 

Sappi Saiccor mill upgrade

Cotton On unveils new environment-, staff-friendly head office, distribution centre

By: Donna Slater     21st July 2022 Australian fashion retailer the Cotton On Group (COG) has invested R300-million in new custom-built headquarters and a distribution centre in Waterfall City, Midrand, which it officially launched on July 20. Construction started in January 2021, and since June this year, 2.2-million units of... 

Cotton On South Africa headqaurters
Cotton On Group's new Midrand-based South Africa headquarters and distribution centre

Compressor range well received by market

By: Halima Frost     15th July 2022 Compressed-air equipment manufacturer Artic Driers’ newly released Sahara range, comprising low dewpoint compressed-air dryers, has been well received by clients in various sectors, Artic Driers CEO Allen Cockfield tells Engineering News. To date, equipment suppliers Promax Co has bought two of... 

Two large  air dryers from the Sahara range of compressed stood along side one another air dryers is being used for clean instrument air at a cement plant
CLEANER CLEARER Two large air dryers from the Sahara range of compressed air dryers is being used for clean instrument air at a cement plant

TFG to invest R2.1bn, double employment following a record year

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2022 Retail clothing group The Foschini Group (TFG) has announced a ramp-up in capital expenditure (capex) spending in the coming financial year after posting record turnover of R43.4-billion, gross profit of R21-billion and headline earnings of R3.3-billion for its financial year ended March 31, as... 

S African coatings event well attended

By: Halima Frost     10th June 2022 This year’s Coatings for Africa 2022 conference, organised by global events organiser DMG Events, was held at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng, from May 4 to 6. The event was hosted by multinational coatings industry representatives The Coatings Group and supported by industry bodies... 

A man standing at a podium speaking on the topic of coatings and paint development at teh Coatings for Africa 2022 expo held in Sandton last month
HOT TOPIC The Coatings for Africa event was held in Sandton last month after a four year haitus

Need for fire-related event realised

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Event organisers Specialised Exhibitions’ inaugural Firexpo South Africa 2022 will highlight the services and products of local suppliers in the fire prevention and protection sector to visitors. The event will be hosted from May 31 to June 2 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, Gauteng. 

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FACE TIME The inaugural FireExpo 2022 will be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre and is one of the first in person expo's being held in over two years

Labat, CSIR sign MoU to accelerate industrial cannabis processing

By: Schalk Burger     1st April 2022 JSE-listed venture capital company Labat Africa has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) that will see both parties engage in the production and processing of cannabis and hemp. The agreement will solidify collaboration and... 

The companies will beneficiate biocomposites and biopolymers that will be applied in the automotive, textile, construction and packaging industries.
The companies will beneficiate biocomposites and biopolymers that will be applied in the automotive, textile, construction and packaging industries.

Clothing maker starts up East Africa’s largest operational rooftop solar plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2022 Kenya-based apparel manufacturer United Aryan has officially switched to using green power for manufacturing and inaugurated its new rooftop solar plant. The 1.8 MW plant is the largest operational rooftop solar facility in East Africa.  

A rooftop solar plant at United Aryan, in Kenya
A rooftop solar plant at United Aryan, in Kenya

IFC to support DTRT Apparel to build sustainable fabric mill, expand Accra factory

By: Schalk Burger     8th March 2022 Development finance institution the International Finance Corportion (IFC) will support Ghanaian clothing manufacturer DTRT Apparel Group to pursue the development of a sustainable fabric mill and expand its garment manufacturing factory near its operating base in Accra, Ghana. The IFC team will... 

Pepkor expands into the Brazilian market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd February 2022 JSE-listed Pepkor Group’s acquisition of Brazilian value retailer Avenida will become effective on February 4 and is expected to unlock growth for the group companies in the Latin American market. Pepkor identified Avenida as a strong strategic fit after conducting more than two years of... 

Range for maintenance extended to Zambia

22nd October 2021 Industrial products provider BMG has extended its integrated engineering solutions services in Zambia to include the supply and support of a comprehensive range of personal protection equipment (PPE). The range includes BMG’s advanced welding systems, designed to create a healthy, clean and safe... 

PPE plan crucial to employee safety

22nd October 2021 Hi-tech protective clothing manufacturer Charnaud stresses that the safety of all employees depends on the creation and strict implementation of a personal protective equipment (PPE) plan. Elaborating on how to create a PPE management plan and put it into action, the company stresses that... 

A Charnaud stand at an event with Hazmat suits, Reflective clothing, corporate clothing, gloves, goggles and boots
ALL THE RANGE The range of Charnaud's PPE offerings should be incorporated into a company's PPE management plan

Sactwu secures second wage increase this year

By: Simone Liedtke     31st August 2021 About 70 000 clothing workers in South Africa, most of whom are members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu), will receive a 4.2% average wage increase as from September 1. This is the second wage increase for South... 

Company drives PPE uptake for women

By: Anna Moross     27th August 2021 Industries that require safety footwear and personal protective equipment (PPE) have historically been male-dominated, but this trend is changing and the challenge is to provide women with PPE that is suited to the female body.  

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An image of Predahni Naidoo, the brand manager Sisi Safety Wear
PREDAHNI NAIDOO Women’s safety wear supplier Sisi Safety Wear aims to drive the message that “women must strive to receive safety wear that is suited for her”

DTIC to host virtual footwear and leather products exhibition on July 7

By: Donna Slater     6th July 2021 A virtual exhibition to promote South Africa’s industrial capabilities and position  South African companies that manufacture footwear and leather products as suppliers of choice to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will take place on July 7. The exhibition will be hosted by the... 

Consumer commission issues 88 notices against noncompliant clothing imports

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2021 The National Consumer Commission (NCC), in collaboration with the South African Revenue Service (Sars) Customs Special Operations, issued 88 compliance notices between July 2020 and March 31, this year, for imported goods that did not meet the labelling requirements under the Consumer Protection... 

Firms pledge R18m to help boost manufacturing in South Africa, rest of the continent

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 The advancement of manufacturing in South Africa and on the rest of the continent has received a boost from four South African manufacturers. JSE-listed groups Illovo Africa, Metair and The Foschini Group (TFG), as well as local vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), have pledged... 

Company brings evolution to PPE

21st May 2021 As South Africa’s premier supplier of personal protective equipment (PPE), G.Fox continuously strives to break new ground and offer the very best “fit for purpose” products to their customers. This ethos is embodied in their new brand of EVOLUTION and CUTGUARD gloves and EVOLUTION masks amongst... 

Designed and tested for safety, comfort and endurance, these gloves provide maximum hand protection and durability in the most rugged and physically challenging work conditions
TOUGH AND RUGGED Designed and tested for safety, comfort and endurance, these gloves provide maximum hand protection and durability in the most rugged and physically challenging work conditions

Patel says vision for R200bn in additional localisation has top-level corporate backing 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel announced that an “accord” had been reached at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to drive progressive localisation of up to R200-billion of additional production over a five-year period. Delivering his virtual... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Transformation of SEZs into truly special zones key to their success – CDE  

By: Donna Slater     11th May 2021 In a new report, the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) is calling on government to change or adapt special economic zones (SEZs) into areas that are “actually and truly special”, offering a modified labour market regime to attract companies and investment. CDE executive director Ann... 

CDE executive director Ann Bernstein
CDE executive director Ann Bernstein outlines the organisation's vision to transform special economic zones into those that are truly “special”

TWIMS receives R18m for the advancement of manufacturing in SA, rest of Africa 

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2021 The advancement of manufacturing in South Africa and on the rest of the continent has received a boost from four South African manufacturers. JSE-listed groups Illovo Africa, Metair and The Foschini Group (TFG), as well as local vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), have pledged... 

The TWIMS campus
The TWIMS campus
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