Navigating the Future – Shipping Insights & Changing Business Models

Navigating the Future – Shipping Insights & Changing Business Models

The maritime industry is undergoing transition according to KPMG – shipping companies are becoming logistics groups. Data and analytics applications, 3D-printing and the digitalization of the entire supply chain count as the reasons for this transformation. In addition, start-ups with new business models are causing upheaval amongst established companies – these now have to reinvent themselves to remain competitive.

How will shipping company business models change? What opportunities do cooperation agreements present for shipping companies? How can digitalization be best implemented in the shipping industry?

Click below to find KPMG’s industry update, Shipping Insights Navigating the Future, which provides answers and recommendations for action.

India Rubber Expo: 17th – 19th January 2019

India Rubber Expo: 17th – 19th January 2019

The India Rubber Expo is Asia’s largest rubber expo. It made its debut in 2001 and has grown to be one of the most anticipated events in the rubber industry today. Now its 10th International Exhibition and Conference is to be held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai as a valuable platform for growth, exchange and collaboration.

The IRE offers a unique opportunity for Indian companies to meet and collaborate with overseas companies. An integral part of the thriving rubber industry, the IRE is a clear indicator of India’s own position as the second fastest growing economy in the world.

More than a decade since its inception, the India Rubber Expo has grown from a mere 3000 sq. mts. in 2001 to a whopping 26,000 sq. mts. in 2019 and provides an appropriate platform for one and all to maximize these opportunities to their advantage at IRE-2019.

The IRE 2019 website  has gone live with the basic information.

More information are available in the Brochure (link below) as well as the Space Booking Form and Layout (Booths marked in Yellow are open for bookings). 

Outward Trade Mission to Ghana and Nigeria in February 2019

Outward Trade Mission to Ghana and Nigeria in February 2019

Trade Invest Africa, a division of the Department of Trade and Industry, invites you to apply to participate on an Outward Trade Mission to Ghana and Nigeria which is scheduled to take place from 17 – 22 February 2019.

The objective of this mission is to increase intra Africa bilateral trade and between South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria. This outward mission is an ideal platform for South African companies who would like to export value added products and services.

The target sectors for this mission include:

  • Agro-processing;
  • Automotive;
  • Built Environment Professions;
  • Cosmetics;
  • Capital equipment (specifically mining, manufacturing and agricultural).
  • Energy;
  • ICT;
  • Metals Fabrication; and
  • Raw ingredients and Essential oils.

Companies will be screened and selected in line with EMIA guidelines and market requirements, which are explained in the EMIA guidelines document.  For the approved companies, the dti will provide:

  • Accommodation (on a bed and breakfast only basis)
  • Economy class return airfare up to a maximum of R17,000 (depending on the size of the entity)

Companies that are not eligible for EMIA funding are welcome to participate in these missions at their own expense. Companies applying for EMIA funding for this mission need to complete and submit the attached EMIA application form as well as the supporting documentation as listed in the attached EMIA application forms and guideline documents to:

Attention: Ms Rosina Nkosi

Utangamiri- the dti Group House,

EMIA Division

Building A:  Ground Floor

77 Meintjies Street





The closing date for receipt of application forms is 16 November 2018.

All applications are to be hand delivered or couriered. No emailed applications will be considered.


Introducing the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies

Introducing the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies

The Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS) is an independent, not for profit initiative, established through grant funding from the Toyota South Africa Education Trust. As a tuition centre of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), the pinnacle qualification taught at TWIMS is the GIBS manufacturing focused MBA. GIBS, in partnership with TWIMS, has developed a range of manufacturing specific courses for this focused MBA.

As a public institution, TWIMS would be delighted to host automotive manufacturing representatives to its facility and its various formal and non-formal academic courses.

For queries related to TWIMS, please contact its Executive Director, Dr Justin Barnes, at

See links below for more information regarding the qualification.

NAACAM – October 2018 Industry New Vehicle Sales

NAACAM – October 2018 Industry New Vehicle Sales

Naacam-LogoCommenting on the new vehicle sales statistics for the month of October, 2018 – NAAMSA said that the latest domestic sales figures reflected an unexpected and welcome uptick largely supported by fairly strong growth in the various commercial vehicle segments.

In fact, aggregate industry domestic sales for October, 2018 represented the highest single months’ total in calendar 2018 to date.

Particularly noteworthy was the fact that the October, 2018 domestic sales figure was the highest monthly total in the past three years – since October, 2015. Monthly export sales had also registered strong gains in line with industry expectations.

See links below for the full media release from NAAMSA and statistics for October 2018 industry New Vehicle Sales.