Archive for the ‘Manufacturing’ category

Why manufacturing locally was the logical step for Kenyan entrepreneur

“We had no background in biscuit [manufacturing] but decided to innovate, work with a strong team, do trials and invest in market surveys and marketing,” says Raj Malde.

Morocco making a name for itself in aeronautics sector

The Moroccan aeronautics sector posted annual growth rates of 15% to 20% between 2008 and 2013.

SABMiller and Coca-Cola Africa: Diversifying their fast-moving goods basket

SABMiller and Coca-Cola merger will create South and East Africa’s largest soft drinks bottling operation.

Introducing the ‘Made in Uganda’ electric car

Uganda’s ambitious electric vehicle project.

An East African manufacturer’s journey from modest start-up to listed company

Flame Tree Group has ambitions to become a pan-African player.

Zambia – landlocked or land lucky?

“I believe being landlocked in the middle of Africa is now potentially a great advantage,” says Robin Miller of REIZ.

Marketing on a budget in Africa: Mi-Fone’s founder shares his strategies

Alpesh Patel, founder of Africa’s Mi-Fone, shares some of the strategies the brand has employed to place it in the game.

Why African companies should view China as a market, not as competition

“China is no longer the factory of the world. China is becoming the market of the world.”

Jas Bedi: The Kenyan industrialist who sees opportunity in everything

“I never look at a problem and moan and groan. To me everything is opportunity.”

Ethiopia ‘quite different’ from other African countries, says Swedish entrepreneur

“Ethiopia was never colonised and so it’s quite different from other African countries.”

Liquor giant replacing imports with local manufacturing in key African markets

Distell has acquired land for factories in both Angola and Nigeria.

Business in Africa based on personal relationships, says scaffolding boss

“You cannot do business in Africa via the internet or emails, one has to physically visit potential customers.”

Meet the Boss: Alpesh Patel, founder, Mi-Fone

“In terms of role models, I look up to the hip-hop guys… these people came from nothing and they created empires.”

What a weak South Africa means for the rest of the continent

Business leaders debate the impact that a weakening South African economy has on the rest of the continent.

Talking business and exporting to Africa with Entrepreneur of the Year finalist

“Although we export all over the world, Africa is our main focus market.”