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Bidco Africa tackle accounts payable challenges with OpenText

Bidco Africa Ltd is the largest and fastest growing manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the Eastern, Central and Southern regions of Africa. Headquartered in Kenya, the company produces, markets and distributes a broad range of products, including edible oils, cooking fats, margarine, baking products, hygiene products, detergents, laundry bars and animal feeds. From […]


Etion Create Managing Director on the ubiquity of IoT in design

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a wave that impacts all ‘verticals’ and ‘horizontals’ of the digital evolution and organisations who deliver design and manufacturing services in this hazy matrix are not spared the change. It is being ignited by the tsunami of capability presented by digital evolution and IoT and is a complex web […]


How quickly could a cyberattack take down critical infrastructure?

With crucial national infrastructure like power systems and manufacturing currently in the spotlight, Doros Hadjizenonos, Regional Sales Director at security specialist Fortinet, says stakeholders need to consider the impacts of unseen risks, such as cyberattacks, on Operational Technology networks. The recent national infrastructure challenges have thrown into sharp relief the impacts down time can have […]


Digitising traditional supply chains becoming critical for businesses

The impact of digitisation is rapidly disrupting business models across organisations. This is becoming more prevalent in the manufacturing sector, particularly supply chain where automation and data exchange are key. Cassie Lessing, Managing Director of Strato IT Group, provider of business system solutions including StratoPOD, says that digitising traditional supply chains has become a critical […]


Leveraging the capabilities of IoT to transform the sugar industry

The Royal Swazi Sugar Corporation (RSSC) is a sugar manufacturer based in the north-east corner of Swaziland. It spans around 20 000 hectares of sugar cane-producing farmland plus two mills that produce the sugar for the European and SADC markets. The organisation turned to SAP solutions and Britehouse, a division of Dimension Data, to streamline […]


Coricraft transforms customer delight and delivery with solution

Coricraft, South Africa’s premium quality home furniture and furnishing design and manufacturing company, contracted Trackmatic to help tackle the challenges it was facing around fleet visibility and customer satisfaction. The company wanted to reignite the magic of the last mile, transforming how customers perceived their performance and delivery efficiency. Today, Coricraft has reduced its delivery […]


What African manufacturers need to embrace the digitisation journey

As African manufacturers begin to upgrade their operations, mapping out an incremental approach is essential. Smart factories, digitisation, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are all hot topics in the manufacturing sector, generating considerable buzz – and some consternation. Adriaan Rossouw, a Director at EOH Infor Services (formerly Softworx) says there are five steps to […]


Ducati boosts performance with modernised infrastructure from NetApp

NetApp, the data authority for hybrid cloud, has announced the integration of its industry-leading All Flash Storage Array (AFF) Series into leading motorcycle manufacturer Ducati’s Information Technology (IT) environment. By leveraging NetApp’s cloud-connected flash and data services, Ducati is able to modernise infrastructure, bolster compliance, strengthen performance and ensure business continuity during the transformation process. […]


Emerson opens Flow Calibration Service Centre for ME and Africa

Emerson has opened its Middle East and Africa Flow Service Centre at its Dubai campus. The facility will operate as a service centre for customers in the Middle East and Africa. “The establishment of the Flow Service Centre on Emerson’s Dubai campus reflects our ongoing commitment to the Middle East and Africa region, providing accessible […]


University of Pretoria launches new tech business incubator

The University of Pretoria has announced the launch of TuksNovation, a new high-tech business incubator which will initially support postgraduate students within the Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT) Faculty. “We have ramped up our efforts to implement innovative strategies to leverage and commercialise home-grown technologies to create sustainable new enterprises and subsequently job […]


Acumatica cloud ERP ranked highest for usability by Nucleus Research

Nucleus Research has ranked Acumatica Cloud ERP highest for usability in its ERP Technology Value Matrix 2017. Acumatica, the world’s fastest-growing cloud ERP company, has announced multiple enhancements to its latest product release as the disruptive company continues expanding into markets underserved by larger, less innovative competitors. One Channel, Africa’s leading cloud ERP solutions provider […]


Zaydtex chooses SAP Business One to enable future growth

The curtain textile business is responsible for manufacturing right from the yarn stage through to the ready-made article, complete with packaging and supplying to national chain stores and independent suppliers with curtains and material by the meter. From a positive start in 1997, Zaydtex has captured a large market share over the last 20 years […]


Opinion: The Industrial Internet of Things is reinventing manufacturing

Machine-to-machine integration and the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) are reinventing manufacturing as we know it, giving birth to the Smart Factory. Monzer Tohme, Regional Vice-President, Middle East & Africa, Epicor Software, says manufacturers can gain plenty from being more in tune with machines. While manufacturers have been collecting information from across the manufacturing floor […]


Decision Inc. migrates Khumani Iron Ore Mine to SharePoint

Complete migration to Microsoft SharePoint has enabled Khumani Iron Ore Mine to significantly streamline processes and improve efficiencies. Khumani Iron Ore Mine has appointed Decision Inc. to assist it with implementing Microsoft SharePoint to replace ageing technology and help the organisation meet its growth demands for the future. Khumani Iron Ore Mine is situated approximately […]


IT is changing the way manufacturing companies work, according to Epicor

Global businesses are assigning a high priority to IT investment. Terri Hiskey, vice-president for product marketing manufacturing at Epicor, says that there is no doubt that Industry 4.0 soon have an impact on workplaces, if it hasn’t already done so. The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Smart manufacturing. Digital transformation. Industry 4.0. Call it what you will, […]


Whirlpool Corporation launches IoT functionality for home devices

Consumers in the Africa will soon be able to communicate with their home appliances through their Apple Watch. Whirlpool Corporation, which operates in Africa, is connecting its appliances to allow consumers to remotely communicate with ovens, washers and dryers via Apple Watch. The collaboration marks the first time an appliance maker has connected its products […]


Gartner says by 2020 AI will create more jobs than it eliminates

2020 will be a pivotal year in AI-related employment dynamics, according to Gartner, Inc., as artificial intelligence (AI) will become a positive job motivator. The number of jobs affected by AI will vary by industry; through 2019, healthcare, the public sector and education will see continuously growing job demand while manufacturing will be hit the […]


GE Nigeria releases latest report in ‘Future of Work’ series

General Electric (GE) Nigeria, has released a White Paper titled The Future of Work in Nigeria. Bridging the Skills Gap: The Key to Unlocking Nigeria’s Inherent Potential as part of the company’s global ‘The Future of Work’ series to highlight the need for investment in sustainable skills development. In this 2017 issue, GE commissioned a […]


Siemens creates opportunities for digital skills development in Africa

The fourth Industrial Revolution is having a disruptive effect on economies and the development of digital skills is vital. There is an opportunity, especially in Africa, to embrace new and exponential technologies combined with human talent to accelerate industrialisation and drive economic growth. With this in mind, Siemens is handing over equipment specifically related to […]


SONATRACH and BHGE collaborate to meet manufacturing demand

In a signing ceremony hosted by SONATRACH in Algiers, and in the presence of the Minister of Energy, Mustapha Guitouni, SONATRACH and Baker Hughes, a GE company, have announced the creation of a 20,000 Sq m manufacturing facility in Arzew Industrial Zone. The facility aims to strengthen Algeria’s position in the upstream oil and gas […]