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>>


The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is the national development finance institution promoting economic growth and industrial development. The organisation’s primary objectives are to contribute to the creation of balanced, sustainable economic growth in South Africa and the rest of Africa. MORE>>


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.


solaire front-thumbIn just five years, Solairedirect Technologies has doubled its staff and more than doubled its production capacity. With funding from the Industrial Development Corporation, the French-based company has expanded its position into Africa. Today, its renewable energy product is a coveted commodity.

ngscreens thumbJust a few years ago, the future looked bleak for Republic Umbrella. It was time for a radical plan or face liquidation. With help from the MCEP and a whole lot of courage, today business is booming for the soft furnishings supplier.

software funding improves fFunds from the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme bought a new software program for Thos Begbie, which has improved business immensely. It is now plans to install thermal kinetic energisers in its furnaces, which will cut gas consumption.

firstimpression thumbPinetown printing company First Impression Film has boosted production 20 percent year-on-year since buying a top quality nine-colour printing press. It has also employed several new staff members and is teaching new skills to workers. With that, comes an expanding market.

tagyachts thumbA Department of Trade and Industry scheme, run with the help of the IDC, is offering a way for the South African boatbuilding industry to thrive and expand. Already, Tag Yachts is leveraging funding to make and market a prototype, high end catamaran.

tropicplastic thumbPolyethylene film and flexible packaging is a fairly specialised business. Durban’s Tropic Plastic is a leader in the market, and with its new fleet of co-extrusion machines it has increased capacity significantly – leading to more jobs created.