TR Cutler examined the growth of African business in the latest issue of Manufacturing Outlook. Cutler shared how Kerry Foods recently opened the largest and most advanced taste manufacturing facility on the African continent. The new $40 million facility is located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and will produce sustainable nutrition solutions that will be consumed across the African continent.
In addition to the opening of the new facility, Kerry Foods is expanding its Development and Application Center in Nairobi, Kenya. The facility in Nairobi supports the company’s customers in East Africa and enhances the development of sustainable food processing for the continent.
Cutler also examined Morocco’s economic success built on low-cost manufacturing of food, textiles, and other lower cost goods that benefited from trade deals with the European Union. Cutler observed the focus has switched to higher value, higher tech sectors, such as pharmaceuticals, aerospace, automotive sectors, with Moroccan companies working with international partners to build integrated supply chains.
Manufacturers have long been attracted to the country by its location, with lower labor costs encouraging companies to set up processing and manufacturing plants specifically to target European markets. Over the past decade, improvements in national infrastructure have complemented this geographical advantage.
By 2040 the African continent will be the second most populous, second only to Asia. Each month the very eclectic nature of African nations, trade arrangements, and natural resources will be examined as they portend to the future of the industrial sector.
Jacket Media is the parent company of Manufacturing Outlook magazine. The publication highlights current manufacturing trends.
Thomas R. Cutler is celebrating the 24-year anniversary of the Manufacturing Media Consortium, a group of 9000+ editors, journalists, freelancers, economists, addressing the industrial sector. Cutler and his team work to track the industrial sector trends which includes manufacturing, distribution, supply chain, robotics, technology, Industry 4.0, IIoT, and much more.
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