Manufacturing Sectors (13)

Extracted from The Real Economy Bulletin

  • Sector Food and beverages
  • Quarter Third
  • Year 2015
Food and beverages was the largest manufacturing industry and one of the fastest growing over the past five years in terms of both value added and employment. Still, growth slowed to near zero from 2014, and will likely be further affected by the drought and possibly by new arrangements under…

  • Sector Metals and metal products
  • Quarter Third
  • Year 2015
The metals and metal products industry, which includes world-class ferroalloy and steel producers, never fully recovered from an unusually sharp downturn in the 2008/9 global financial crisis. In recent years, it has been affected by global overproduction and sliding demand especially from China; an uncompetitive domestic price for iron ore;…

  • Sector Chemicals, rubber and plastic
  • Quarter Third
  • Year 2015
The industry contributed 14.8% of total manufacturing production in the third quarter of 2015, with a fairly constant share from 2010. It was dominated by Sasol, which produced a variety of chemical products and petroleum from coal. Basic chemicals accounted for around 33% of the industry’s production, other chemicals for…

  • Sector Motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment
  • Quarter Third
  • Year 2015
The auto industry was the only manufacturing industry to rank among South Africa’s top five exporters. Transport equipment – mostly cars and car parts – contributed around a quarter of total manufactured exports (including bulk metals), although it accounted for less than seventh of manufacturing output. The value of imported…

  • Sector Petroleum refining
  • Quarter Third
  • Year 2015
Petroleum refining showed a downward trend over the past five years, but saw a sharp recovery in production in the past quarter. The industry contributed 7,9% of total manufacturing production in the third quarter of 2015, down from 10,7% in the third quarter of 2013. It accounted for 7,6% in…

  • Sector Machinery and appliances
  • Quarter Third
  • Year 2015
This industry, which is at the core of South Africa’s capital goods industry, contributed 5,2% of total manufacturing production in the third quarter of 2015, down from 5,5% in the third quarter of 2013 and around the same share in 2010. But production had fallen by 2,9% from third quarter…

  • Sector Wood and paper
  • Quarter Third
  • Year 2015
The industry has seen a degree of recovery from a prolonged slide following the 2008/9 global financial crisis. It contributed 5,5% of total manufacturing production in the third quarter of 2015, up from 5,1% in the third quarter of 2013 but virtually the same as in the third quarter of…

  • Sector Electrical machinery
  • Quarter Third
  • Year 2015
Electrical machinery comprises a range of equipment used in generating and distributing electricity. As such, it appears to have benefited from the national build programme over the past two years. Production grew by 10,7% from third quarter 2013 to third quarter 2015, which meant growth accelerated over the previous three…

  • Sector Glass and non-metallic mineral products
  • Quarter Third
  • Year 2015
The industry produces a range of building products and ceramics as well as glass. It contributed 3,1% of total manufacturing production in the third quarter of 2015, down from 3,4% in the third quarter of 2013 and 3,6% in the third quarter of 2010. The industry reported growing exports, however,…

  • Sector Textiles, clothing, leather and footwear
  • Quarter Third
  • Year 2015
The industry includes textiles and wearing apparel as well as leather (much of which goes into the auto industry) and footwear. It contributed 2,7% of total manufacturing production in the third quarter of 2015, virtually the same as in the third quarter of 2013 but down from 3,1% in the…

  • Sector Printing and publishing
  • Quarter Third
  • Year 2015
The industry contributed 2,5% of total manufacturing production in the third quarter of 2015, down from 3,1% in the third quarter of 2013 and the third quarter of 2010. It appeared to be a decline, however, presumably in part because of the shift to digital distribution of media. Production fell…

  • Sector Electronics and precision equipment
  • Quarter Third
  • Year 2015
This industry covers a highly varied set of products, including most telecommunications equipment as well as medical and other precision instruments. It contributed 1,1% of total manufacturing production in the third quarter of 2015, with the share remaining stable from 2010. It appeared to be very strongly and successfully export…

  • Sector Furniture
  • Quarter Third
  • Year 2015
The industry contributed 0,8% of total manufacturing production in the third quarter of 2015, with its share remaining fairly constant from 2010. Production fell by 3,7% from third quarter 2013 to the third quarter of 2015, compared to an increase of 11% from the third quarter of 2010 to the…