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SA manufacturing competition postponed for now

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Exacerbated by the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, South Africa’s manufacturing sector is taking significant strain. Predominantly owing to constrained demand and production constraints, the sector has declined by 74.9% in Q2 of 2020, as reported recently by StatsSA.

While production output across key sectors is starting to show noticeable signs of steady improvement, social distancing restrictions continue to challenge traditional ways of working.

With this in mind, Kearney, a global consulting company which manages the competition, has decided to postpone the 2020 Factory of the Year competition.

“While we understand the gravity of the situation for all manufacturing professionals who use the Factory of the Year competition to benchmark their company performance and make meaningful connections, in the interest of safety and practical constraints, the competition will resume when reasonably safe to do so in 2021,” says Mark Saunders, project manager for Factory of the Year at Kearney.

Saunders added: “We encourage all manufacturers interested in participating in the competition to be on the lookout for future announcements of the competition dates, and we look forward to awarding and celebrating with all future winners of the competition in person.”

About Factory of the Year

  • Factory of the Year is a global annual benchmarking competition that has been running for over 25 years and is recognised as the toughest benchmarking test for companies in the production arena. The competition has benchmarks and best practices from over 2,000 factories across all industries and over 30 countries.
  • This initiative was launched in 2018 in South Africa by Kearney, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Manufacturing Circle and Manufacturing Indaba. For more information visit


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