Foundries in South Africa are the hardest hit by rising electricity costs.
High municipal electricity tariffs pose a serious threat to South Africa's machinery and equipment manufacturing industries.
Elon Musk 's Tesla has serious production problems.
Unfortunately for the RBA, the health of the economy is not measured on the Geologic Time Scale.
The Reserve Bank is clinging to sunny GDP forecasts, but stubbornly low inflation and low wage growth mean even these look weak.
China’s Xi and Trump look on as U.S. and Chinese business leaders sign trade deals.
A closer look at the US-China trade relationship shows why Trump's 'targeted' tariffs are likely to hurt American workers and businesses as well.
A finished steel coil is marked with its information by a worker at a mill in Farrell, Pennsylvania.
President Trump's new tariffs suggest he doesn't understand why American steel and aluminum have been hurt in the first place.
South Africa needs a robust economic policy agenda to make it more open, productive and inclusive.
US President Donald Trump in 2017 and George W. Bush in 2008.
On March 1, Donald Trump imposed a series of steel and aluminum tariffs. To understand their potential impact, it's instructive to look at what happened after George W. Bush enacted similar measures in 2002.
A call to better track manufacturing, shipping and distribution.
Flaws in manufacturing processes can cause chip flaws like Spectre and Meltdown – and blockchain technology may offer a solution.
Why we're developing a soft robot inspired by an elephant's trunk.
Reshore, offshore or multishore?
After being a model for offshoring, the fashion industry is becoming a model for “omni-shoring”, rather than reshoring to ensure its innovative capacity.
Worries about the loss of low-skilled labour risk obscuring a genuine flaw in the UK economy at the upper end of the scale.
Aerial view of San Jose, California, 2016.
Silicon Valley brought together natural surroundings, suburban homes and futuristic high-tech work. But industrial pollution betrayed the California dream.
From the sounds of some brands' marketing, you may be forgiven for believing that bespoke shoes are just a footstep away.
Bill Shorten said that the proposed fund would help local manufacturers innovate and diversify.
Bill Shorten is promising that a Labor government would set up a A$1 billion fund to assist 'advanced manufacturing'.
Without investment, fewer products will bear this ‘Made in the USA’ logo in the future.
AP Photo/M. Spencer Green
If President Trump really wants to restore America's manufacturing might he should invest heavily in AI, the internet of things and other emerging technologies that are changing the world.
A trade official from the United States walks past a sign Monday where Canadian, American and Mexican officials are holding North American free trade talks in Ottawa.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
There's been a lot of rhetoric in the air about the fate of NAFTA, especially from the U.S. president. But its demise is extremely unlikely.
Metropoles like Shanghai have survived and thrived in large part because of their massive populations. But what happens when people start to become a liability rather than an asset?
Research shows that technology disrupts economies of scale, turning megacities' huge populations from strength to liability. To survive, megacities, like companies, must adapt.
Unemployed South African workers wait for scarce jobs as the economy struggles to create employment.
South Africa's recently announced economic recovery plan failed to break away from the cumbersome neo-liberal line.
Manufacturing still receives 80% of net government assistance, largely due to the remaining small levels of tariff assistance, plus some budget measures.
Under current government policy we are penalising the sector of the economy where there is the largest proportion of existing employment and the best prospects for future growth.
Smart machines are about to usher in the age of Industry 4.0.