Light Manufacturing

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page-80-529-light-manufacturing.jpg Light Manufacturing

Light industry is typically less capital-intensive than heavy industry and is relatively more consumer-focused, producing goods intended for end users as opposed to inputs used by other industries. Light manufacturing therefore includes:

  • The food industry;
  • Plastic, paper, and packaging;
  • Leather, clothing and textiles; and
  • Household electric appliances.

Nelson Mandela Bay has well-established petro-chemical, rubber, plastic, corrugated packaging, and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries and a number cluster development programmes have been set up to support and promote their growth. In addition, several textile products are manufactured in the region, including: seat covers, fabric and upholstery, industrial hosing, medical fabrics, clothing, matting, and carpeting.

The Eastern Cape’s Non-Automotive Manufacturing Cluster is geared to support manufacturing outside the automotive and agro-processing sectors, while the Mandela Bay Composites Cluster supports the local industry which produces composites - materials that are made by combining plastics or resins with reinforcing fibres such as glass, carbon or natural fibres.

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