the dti

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) promotes structural transformation creating a dynamic industrial and globally competitive economy. It broadens participation in the economy to strengthen economic development and continually aims to respond effectively to the needs of South Africa’s economic citizens. MORE>>


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Quick Press

Life is much easier at Quick Press Manufacturing since the company upgraded its machinery through the Department of Trade and Industry's Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP).

Success Stories


We are proud of our manufacturing partners who have used the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme to move to the next level.


mcep-etvaal thumbinsideForty-five-year-old ETVAAL Furniture is out of the woods after receiving a grant from the dti and the IDC. Boosting competitiveness and staff numbers, the funding is seeing the old-school manufacturing company successfully enter the modern furnishings market.

mcep-deckel thumbinsideWith the help of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP), Deckel Sportslids is taking on the competition from Thailand and China.

mcep-andycab insidethumbCape Town manufacturer Andy Cab makes canopies for bakkies. They are rugged, durable, waterproof and have features to safeguard the cargo. With expanded facilities and more moulds, the company has almost doubled production.

mcep-xmeco insidethumbXmeco designed and built in-house the foundry machinery it needs for improved productivity and efficiency. Along the way, it reduced its electricity consumption. Its client base spreads from the mining industry to vehicle makers, as far away as Russia and Venezuela.

mcep-grobler insidethumb 100x110Grobler Furniture started out as a Furniture wholesaler, but is now a fully-fledged wood furniture manufacturer supplying quality Household furniture at a reasonable price. It is now looking to expand into making school desks and chairs.

mcep-fence insidethumbFence It, according to its proud owner, is the first fully black owned steel fence maker in the country. And with funding through the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme, it is growing from strength to strength.