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Made in South Africa

Made in South Africa

Creamer Media’s Made in South Africa is an exciting new showcase of products that are being manufactured in factories across the length and breadth of the country. Published fortnightly, Made in South Africa provides an exclusive glimpse into the innovative spirit of South Africa's most creative and productive citizens and businesses. Homegrown products, from concept to production, receive particular prominence, but Made in South Africa also features products manufactured locally by enterprises that have chosen to set up shop in Africa’s most industrialised economy. Click here if you have a product that you believe deserves to be showcased on Creamer Media's Made in South Africa platform.

Caring4Girls sanitary pads aiding sustainability of schoolgirl outreach programme

By: Tracy Hancock     Updated 17 minutes ago To support the distribution of sanitary pads to schoolgirls across South Africa and ensure their continued education, non-profit organisation Imbumba Foundation’s Caring4Girls programme has recently launched its own locally manufactured range of feminine hygiene products. “It is imperative that... 

Caring4Girls sanitary pads aiding sustainability of schoolgirl outreach programme

Demand climbs for bicycle component manufacturer’s offering

By: Tracy Hancock     16th April 2021 While international and local demand for bicycle component manufacturer cSixx Components’ offering is steadily increasing, it has also seen a spike in demand owing to a supply shortage from bigger original equipment manufacturers.   This stemmed from the significant global uptake of cycling... 

Demand climbs for bicycle component manufacturer’s offering

Aquabox supplying local water in ‘most sustainable beverage packaging’

By: Tracy Hancock     1st April 2021 Boxed water supplier and/or manufacturer Aquabox is offering South Africans an alternative to single-use plastic when buying water at their local retailer. Boxed using renewable bio-based carton packaging developed in Europe, Aquabox founder Neal McAlpine says before Aquabox was launched... 

Aquabox supplying local water in ‘most sustainable beverage packaging’

Woodies solid fuel firing up cross-border and global interest

By: Tracy Hancock     14th March 2021 Energy company GreenMovement Energy started exporting its Woodies, a solid fuel made from a combination of organic waste materials, to Botswana and Lesotho this year after launching the product in March 2016. “We have also garnered large interest from The European and North American markets,”... 

Woodies solid fuel firing up cross-border and global interest

First National Battery last of local SMP battery manufacturers

By: Tracy Hancock     26th February 2021 Benoni-headquartered lead acid battery manufacturer First National Battery is the only local manufacturer of surface motive power (SMP) batteries left in South Africa, says First National Battery SMP national sales manager Eugene Marais. The company produces more than 2.2-million batteries a year... 

First National Battery last of local SMP battery manufacturers

DMS pioneers first local fibreglass dust fallout unit with locking brackets

By: Tracy Hancock     19th February 2021 To mitigate the theft of dust fallout units deployed in the field, Johannesburg-based dust fallout unit manufacturer Dust Monitoring Services (DMS) has developed South Africa’s first fibreglass single-bucket dust fallout unit with locking brackets. “We received numerous requests for an... 

DMS pioneers first local fibreglass dust fallout unit with locking brackets

Castle Free demand climbs even after lifting of alcohol sales ban

By: Tracy Hancock     7th February 2021 There has been increased demand for Johannesburg-headquartered brewery South African Breweries’ (SAB’s) non-alcoholic Castle Free beer and this trend has continued despite the lifting of the ban on alcohol sales. “Consumers have had the chance to trial Castle Free during the ban on alcohol sales... 

Castle Free demand climbs even after lifting of alcohol sales ban

KZN-made Razorback boots a hit in US

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd January 2021 KwaZulu-Natal-based manufacturer Jim Green Footwear plans to increase its production capacity in line with the establishment of a distribution network in the US, where it has received much praise, says executive director Gareth Crouch. “So far, the feedback and demand has been great. There have... 

KZN-made Razorback boots a hit in US

Eco-friendly firelighters spark international interest

By: Tracy Hancock     8th January 2021 Western Cape organic firelighter manufacturer FireFly Biofuel delivered its first international shipment comprising 2 t of its FireSpark Jnr firelighters last year to Australia and is in discussions with European countries, but progress has slowed owing to the Covid-19 outbreak. “Since we do not... 

Eco-friendly firelighters spark international interest

Shock Wave Feed Silo Optimiser rental programme kicks off

By: Tracy Hancock     26th November 2020 Monitoring and control technology company Shock Wave Engineering is negotiating rental agreements with local feed suppliers for its Feed Silo Optimiser to eliminate the “headaches” associated with farmers ordering feed too soon and discarding exceed feed unnecessarily, or running out of feed when... 

Shock Wave Feed Silo Optimiser rental programme kicks off

Eco-friendly multipurpose GP² degreaser captures global market’s attention

By: Tracy Hancock     11th November 2020 With environment, social and governance considerations top of mind, owing to issues such as climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic, global markets are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious. Consequently, there is growing demand for the GP² Eco-friendly Industrial Degreaser and... 

Eco-friendly multipurpose GP² degreaser captures global market’s attention

Demand for Geostott vehicle locks driven by crime stats

By: Tracy Hancock     30th October 2020 The high level of vehicle and automotive component theft in South Africa is steering owners towards installing vehicle security products from steelwork manufacturerthe George Stott Group (Geostott), thereby, increasing demand from the aftermarket sector. According to the Governance, Public Safety... 

Demand for Geostott vehicle locks driven by crime stats

Covid-19 regulations up demand for Kwikspace mobile classrooms

By: Tracy Hancock     15th October 2020 With Covid-19 regulations requiring increased capacity to ensure adequate space to comply with physical distancing measures, modular buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings is seeing increased demand for its mobile classroom solutions, producing 497 classrooms so far this year.... 

Covid-19 regulations up demand for Kwikspace mobile classrooms

Mining tops demand for IPS Fibreglass Mouldings products

By: Tracy Hancock     1st October 2020 The mining industry continues to represent the greatest demand amid the Covid-19 pandemic for the fibreglass products, such as belt guards, produced by fibreglass moulds and mouldings solutions provider IPS Fibreglass Mouldings. The Benoni-based company also does “brisk trade” in shells for air... 

Mining tops demand for IPS Fibreglass Mouldings products

Demand for BBO’s poultry and juice processing solutions skyrockets

By: Tracy Hancock     18th September 2020 The poultry and fruit juice processing equipment manufactured by Free State-based agroprocessing equipment manufacturer Basils Business Opportunities (BBO) is in high demand, says owner Basil Phupha. The increasing need for this equipment is in line with the growth of South Africa’s agriculture... 

Demand for BBO’s poultry and juice processing solutions skyrockets

Backsaver Farming Equipment is helping plant crops across Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     7th September 2020 Free State farmer and inventor Michris Janse van Rensburg has supplied hand planters to more than 10 000 farmers across Africa to date and intends to become the John Deere of small-scale farmers. “I have grown my planter product range, which started with a hand maize precision planter, to include... 

Backsaver Farming Equipment is helping plant crops across Africa

Pump Optimiser is Shockwave’s solution to remote-controlled efficiency

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2020 The national lockdown to curb the Covid-19 outbreak in South Africa has provided smart farming agricultural Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider Shockwave Engineering dedicated time to further develop its Pump Optimiser, says CEO Murray Bredin. The company upgraded the IoT monitoring and... 

Pump Optimiser is Shockwave’s solution to remote-controlled efficiency

Stanfra answers need for local quarter-turn segmented ball valve

By: Tracy Hancock     6th August 2020 Meyerton-based valve manufacturer Stanfra Abrasive Solutions is exposing South Africa’s first 100% locally manufactured quarter-turn segmented ball valves to extreme testing in the pulp and paper industry. The three test valves, comprising two 100 nominal bore (NB) valves and one 200 NB valve,... 

Stanfra answers need for local quarter-turn segmented ball valve

Local zero-plastics amenities range developed for City Lodge Hotel Group

By: Tracy Hancock     24th July 2020 Hotel chain City Lodge Hotel Group (CLHG) is believed to be the first in South Africa to introduce a zero-plastics bathroom amenities range, which includes a hair and body bar and hand bar made using no water. CLHG has already started using the new amenities in hotels that have finished their old... 

Food-waste composting aid manufacturer Bokashi Bran eyes US market

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 With more local residential and commercial kitchens using the Bokashi Bran food-waste composting system and the product readily available from building material retail outlets Builders Warehouse and Chamberlains, as well as online stores, environmentally concerned bokashi manufacturer Bokashi... 

Food-waste composting aid manufacturer Bokashi Bran eyes US market

Dale Automation emergency ventilator could create jobs amid crisis

By: Tracy Hancock     26th June 2020 While South Africa faces significant job losses amid the Covid-19 outbreak, engineering company Dale Automation expects to create 50 to 60 additional jobs should it receive the necessary medical approvals to proceed with the manufacturing of its prototype emergency ventilator. The device is not... 

Dale Automation emergency ventilator could create jobs amid crisis

Aeris Mask copper filtration face mask takes off

By: Tracy Hancock     12th June 2020 The “slide-in” copper filter inserts for cloth masks manufactured by South African startup Aeris Mask in accordance with government guidelines have had massive interest, with the company selling its first units days after it finalised commercial production runs in mid-May. “We are now launching a... 

Aeris Mask copper filtration face mask takes off

Crisis highlights sense in sourcing locally made First Cut blades,welding consumables

By: Tracy Hancock     28th May 2020 Covid-19 has brought with it doubts and concerns about supply chain security, availability of stock and lead times, says First Cut’s Consumables Division director, Gary Willis. The pandemic has caused companies accustomed to ordering international private-label products to re-evaluate their... 

Crisis highlights sense in sourcing locally made First Cut blades,welding consumables

EDS Systems developing first South African carbon tax tool

By: Tracy Hancock     15th May 2020 Software developer EDS Systems is developing the first cloud-based carbon tax tool tailored to the South African market, in response to the introduction of the country’s Carbon Tax Act last year, and has entered the final stages of quality assurance. “There are many carbon tax calculators online,... 

UJ creates open-source, low-cost ventilators

By: Tracy Hancock     30th April 2020 The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) is coordinating efforts to further develop open-source ventilators in response to initial reports that between 40% and 70% of South Africans could become infected with Covid-19, depending on the national... 

UJ creates open-source, low-cost ventilators

South Africa-born XinaBox chips in sub-zero Antartica, space

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2020 From collecting data in sub-zero Antarctica to rapid circuit prototyping on the International Space Station (ISS), South African modular “xChip” manufacturer XinaBox, pronounced "X-in-a-box", claims to be  reinventing the way in which the Internet of Things (IoT) is approached while inspiring... 

South Africa-born XinaBox chips in sub-zero Antartica, space

3D printers answer call to produce PPE for healthcare workers

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd April 2020 Three-dimensional (3D) printing solutions provider Additive Manufacturing Solutions’ (AMS’) initiative to mobilise the 3D printing community to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for Gauteng healthcare workers treating patients with the Covid-19 virus has been rolled out to all nine... 

3D printers answer call to produce PPE for healthcare workers
FACE OFF The three-dimensional printing community is called to help the fight against Covid-19 by helping manufacture face shields for healthcare professionals

Interest flares for SustainPower combined heat and power unit

By: Tracy Hancock     20th March 2020 There is growing interest in the locally designed combined heat and power (CHP) unit from containerised sustainable power generation solutions provider SustainPower, as more companies begin to develop greener outlooks, says SustainPower COO Ames Martin. He explains that environmental concerns and... 

Interest flares for SustainPower combined heat and power unit

K-Way designs down suits for first all-female S African Everest team

By: Tracy Hancock     28th February 2020 South African outdoor technical brand K-Way has designed and manufactured bespoke climbing suits that will enable a four-women team to withstand the arduous weather conditions and terrain of Everest, in the Himalayas. The South African women will attempt to summit the world’s highest mountain... 

K-Way designs down suits for first all-female S African Everest team

Solar energy storage demand drives LoggerV2 sales

By: Tracy Hancock     20th February 2020 Interest in affordable energy-storage monitoring amid current power constraints and the green energy drive has been exponential in driving the uptake of the LoggerV2, says local lithium-ion battery storage solutions manufacturer Solar MD. “Demand is increasing for Solar MD’s energy-storage... 

Solar energy storage demand drives LoggerV2 sales

Demand for Condra crane components abroad

By: Tracy Hancock     7th February 2020 Component sales remain strong at South African crane manufacturer Condra’s Johannesburg works, which has been manufacturing complete cranes since 1971, says Condra MD Marc Kleiner. “Currently 12% to 15% of our business is made up of component sales, but we do see this as a major growth market.... 

Demand for Condra crane components abroad

Premier Wash & Wax a 100% waterless car cleaning product

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 Developed by automotive enthusiasts in response to Africa’s water crisis, demand for Premier Wash & Wax is growing monthly as more people become conscious of the need to conserve water and fall in love with the products’ results, says Premier Products owner Gerhard Veldsman. “Africa’s water... 

Premier Wash & Wax a 100% waterless car cleaning product

Strong demand for Marken label holder

By: Tracy Hancock     9th January 2020 Demand for the Marken label holder from custom packaging solutions designer and manufacturer Conceptainer in Kwazulu-Natal is described as “extremely good”, with capacity to produce 10 000 units a month. Marken label holders were developed in 2016 following the call for a resilient control... 

Strong demand for Marken label holder

Fibertex South Africa mitigating imports, enhancing export potential

By: Tracy Hancock     29th November 2019 Durban-based nonwoven geotextiles manufacturer Fibertex South Africa has responded to the construction industry's request for a protection geotextile that can provide even higher performance when protecting the most important, vulnerable component of a lining system. The latest upgrade at the... 

Fibertex South Africa mitigating imports, enhancing export potential

Keraflex S1 Express adhesive demand driven by global trends

By: Tracy Hancock     15th November 2019 International trends in the use of natural stone and engineered stone are increasing demand for its Keraflex S1 Express ultra-white, high-performance cementitious adhesive, notes Gauteng chemicals and adhesives manufacturer Mapei. For decades, Mapei's primary development focus has been on... 

Keraflex S1 Express adhesive demand driven by global trends

Green SanteQ lightweight walling system in heavy demand

By: Tracy Hancock     1st November 2019 Discussions are under way with developers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana and Botswana for the supply of the ‘green’, locally produced SanteQ lightweight walling system, as well as  for potential partnerships and projects in Sri Lanka, the UK and Australia. Introduced early this year,... 

Green SanteQ lightweight walling system in heavy demand

Schools driving demand for Enviro Loo industrial model

By: Tracy Hancock     16th October 2019 Developed in 1996, the industrial model from dry sanitation systems supplier Enviro Options was added to the Gauteng company’s offering in response to the need for a high-usage dry sanitation model. The Enviro Loo industrial model can accommodate up to 40 users a day and about 110 000 units have... 

Schools driving demand for Enviro Loo industrial model

Allmech’s Benoni-built electrode boilers exceed import quality

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd October 2019 Benoni-based boiler manufacturer Allmech has produced its electrode boiler range since the late 1990s and, over the years, has developed different models to suite clients’ needs. “The Allmech Electrode Boiler range is our most successful locally manufactured product. It is a clean alternative... 

Allmech’s Benoni-built electrode boilers exceed import quality
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