KwaZulu-Natal's manufacturing sector is the
second largest in the country, after GautengProvince. Its diversified
nature is significant in the KwaZulu-Natalís economic growth rate, and
generates 20 percent of provincial employment. Because of the diverse range of
the sector a greater number of companies were shortlisted as finalists: Alltube,
Altech UEC, ArcelorMittal Steel Newcastle Works, Buckman Laboratories, Clover, Hulamin
NCP Alcohols, Smiths (Metair Group), and FoskorRichardsBay
AllTube is a manufacturer of electro-welded
thin wall clad flat aluminium tubes for the hi-tech automotive heat transfer
industry. Established in 2001, the company is located in Pietermaritzburg, South
Africa where it makes a significant
contribution to the local economy. Alltubeís success is evident in that it has
managed to take a considerable market share form traditional suppliers in Europe.
Altech UEC is a leading developer of
digital technology for the International Pay-TV Industry and specialises in the
provision of integrated solutions comprising specialised hardware supported by
innovative software solutions and global logistical support services.
Altech UECís innovative technologies can be
found in homes across the world providing over 20 million people with a
reliable and affordable gateway to digital television based entertainment,
education and information. From modest households in Mumbai to sprawling
mansions in Sydney,
Altech UECís market leading technology has become an integral part of peopleís
ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited is the
largest steel producer on the African continent, producing 7,1 million tonnes
of liquid steel per annum.
The company has a depth of technical and
managerial expertise carefully nurtured since 1928, a reputation for
reliability and a sharply defined business focus, which has forged the
organisation into a modern, highly competitive supplier of steel products to
the domestic and global markets.
ArcelorMittal South Africa Newcastle Works
is in-line with the international practices on steel manufacturing environment,
and will continue to strive to be one of the best Companies in compliance of
When it comes to understanding the complex
challenges facing manufacturing industries, one would be hard-pressed to find a
rival to Buckman Laboratories.
The company was founded on the challenging proposition of creating a range of
speciality chemicals to control the growth of microbes (microscopically small
organisms) without impacting on the environment. Nowadays, a full range of
speciality chemicals including, microbiocides, scale inhibitors, polymers,
dispersants and defoamers is supplied to a wide array of industries globally
and within Southern Africa
Buckman Laboratories has implemented strong
global and local strategies that are designed to ensure future sustainable
growth through a high level of strategic partnering with major industrial
Clover is the largest dairy company in South Africa and one of the leading
manufacturers and marketers of food products in Southern
Africa. With a turnover of R5.4 billion and a staff complement of
6900, the Clover group processes 25% of South Africaís milk in 14
Clover believes that it is inextricably
part of the communities in which it operates. Cloverís footprint in KZN extends
to a vast warehouse, distribution and sales network in Durban,
Port Shepstone, Kokstad, Ladysmith and Ixopo. The Queensburgh site currently
houses the regionís largest distribution and milk processing operations.
Having started out as a single phosphate
mining operation some 55 years ago, Foskor has rapidly grown into a reputable
and highly profitable producer and processor of phosphate and phosphoric acid.
As a result of Foskorís strategic expansion over the years, the primary business activity has extended from
basic mining to the current focus on the beneficiation of phosphate rock and
the production of phosphoric acid and phosphate-based fertilizers. These end products
are sold locally and globally.
The Groupís focus lies in motivating its
staff to perform to the best of their abilities and transform the Group into a
world-class company that is highly competitive and a source of pride for all
The forming and the establishment of the
new Foskor Group has provided significant advantages in terms of the Foskor
Richards Bay Division's ability to deliver improved Safety, Health, Environment
and Quality (SHEQ) performance and contribute to sustainable development
outcomes for all stakeholders.
NCP Alcohols manufactures and markets
high-quality ethanol, produced from sugar-cane molasses, for the South African
and international cosmetic, pharmaceutical and beverage markets.
NCP has an enviable status as the preferred supplier to the
majority of the South African operations of global liquor companies, where it
has in excess of 60% of the market share. In addition, NCPís status as the supplier of
choice to many international companies has continued for in excess of 20 years.
NCP was awarded the Monde Selectionís most
prestigious quality award in 2007: the Special 25 Year Trophy, at the
International Monde Selection. The trophy is awarded to companies that have
obtained a grand gold medal with palm leaves or a gold medal for 25 consecutive
years and NCP Alcohols is the only neutral alcohol producer in the world that
has ever been honoured with this award.
Metair Investments Limited incorporates a
portfolio of companies that manufacture and distribute products predominantly
for the automotive industry. Automotive components are supplied primarily to
South African assemblers of new vehicles (OEMs), as well as to the replacement
market, with an increasing proportion of the output being exported.
Manufactured products include heating and cooling
systems, springs, shock absorbers, lead acid batteries, lighting and signaling
devices, plastic mouldings and wiring harnesses.
These include Smiths Manufacturing (Pty)
Ltd, Smiths Electric Motors and Smiths Plastics (Pty) Ltd that are established
in KwaZulu-Natal and are rated amongst the top
300 companies in South
Africa. Smithsí implements its social
responsibility programme in the community, supporting over 30 charities in KwaZulu-Natal. Smithís
runs diverse educational campaigns and have an AIDS Awareness and Help
programme for employees.
As an independent supplier of semi-fabricated aluminium, Hulamin, based in
Pietermaritzburg is shaping a future of
high achievement. Over the past seven years, Hulamin has progressed through an
extraordinary growth phase and has created a platform for sustained growth
The companyís international success is
built on continuously building close relationships with customers through
direct contact and operational excellence, while optimizing product mix and
lowering costs. Although its activities span more than 50 countries, Hulamin is
firmly rooted in South
Africa, where the development of the local
downstream manufacturing sector remains a key imperative.
Hulamin has a major impact on the local economy. Through investment in its
facilities in recent years, several hundred direct job opportunities have been
created and several hundred more indirectly amongst local suppliers and service
providers. The company has allocated a significant percentage of profit before
tax towards investment in the local community, specifically in the areas of
health and welfare, education and community development.
The unbundling and listing has presented an opportunity to introduce black
equity ownership. This along with other BEE activities, including the 52% black
management has placed Hulamin at the
forefront of transformation.