Friday, 22 April 2022

Adoption of frontier technologies in six manufacturing subsectors

  • Year: 2022
  • Author(s): Itumeleng Mokoena (TIPS)

This policy brief highlights the level of adoption of frontier technologies in six manufacturing subsectors: metal and engineering; retail motor and aftercare; plastics; manufacturing; automotive components; automotive manufacturing; and new tyre manufacturing. This is important because, while there is a solid understanding of the importance of frontier technologies especially for the manufacturing sector, there has not been a comprehensive investigation of the level of adoption of these technologies across the different subsectors. Previous research has either zoned in on one sector, such as metal, or looked at the level of adoption at the continental level. To address the gap, a survey was conducted on behalf of merSETA (the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority) to collate baseline information on key trends around technological change. This policy brief highlights the aggregated results from the survey. The survey analysis is supplemented by interview data with key stakeholders in the industry.

For more information on frontier technologies visit the TIPS Technological Change and Innovation System Observatory  

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