1. RCL Foods, 2. Illovo Sugar Africa, 3. Sasol, 4. Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), 5. Sappi, 6. Premier, 7. Barloworld Equipment, 8. South African Breweries, 9. Arcelormittal South Africa, 10. Tiger Brands. Manufacturing is one of the top three value-added sectors in terms of job creation, export earnings, and revenue generation per R1 invested. South Africa is a friendly place for any business event in the manufacturing field, with a dynamic sector ready to conduct business and abundant inspiration around every corner. And here are the largest manufacturing companies in South Africa.
- RCL Foods
- Illovo Sugar Africa
- Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA)
- Barloworld Equipment
- South African Breweries
- Arcelormittal South Africa
- Tiger Brands
RCL Foods Limited is a consumer goods and milling firm based in South Africa. Rainbow Chicken Ltd, founded in 1960, has its headquarters in Westville, near Durban, and employs approximately 20,000 people. It manufactures, markets, and sells groceries, milling, baking, pies, fishing, beverages, poultry products, ready-to-eat foods, and sugar. Mayonnaise, chicken, beverages, peanut butter, pet food, animal feed, maize, and baked goods are among them. RCL Foods’ brands. RCL Foods also offers a variety of logistical services, including sales solutions, multi-temperature warehousing and distribution, and imports and exports. South Africa, Namibia, Eswatini, Botswana, Zambia, and Uganda are among the countries where the company operates.
In order to deliver more food to more people, the company has purchased a number of businesses with rich South African roots and strong brands, allowing it to broaden its offering and expand its reach. Selati sugar, Supreme flour, Rainbow and Farmer Brown chicken, Pieman’s pies, Mageu Number 1 beverages, Sunbake bread, Nola mayonnaise, Yum Yum peanut butter, Ouma rusks, Bobtail and Catmor pet food products, and Epol and Molatek animal feed are all part of its portfolio.
RCL Foods is constantly expanding its portfolio of strong brands in order to grow market share in existing categories and reach new consumers in new categories and markets. Brands have grown since their incorporation into ONE RCL FOODS, with some becoming market leaders in their respective categories as well as one of the largest manufacturing companies in South Africa.
Headquarters: Westville, South Africa
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Illovo Sugar Africa
Illovo Sugar Africa (Pty) Ltd, headquartered in South Africa, is the continent’s largest sugar producer. From sugar cane supplied by its agricultural operations and independent producers that supply cane to Illovo’s factories, the group manufactures raw and refined sugar for local, regional African, European Union (EU), United States, and global markets. It is a subsidiary of Associated British Foods Plc., which paid more than £400 million for 51% of the issued share capital in 2006.
Furfural and furfuryl alcohol, natural flavorings, high-quality ethyl alcohol, and lactulose products are available from Illovo Sugar Africa. Customers can reach them via address, phone, and online applications. It has substantial agribusiness operations in six African countries, making sugar and downstream goods from cane supplied by its agricultural operations and independent local growers.
Illovo Sugar Africa concentrates on selling a varied range of sugar products to its home markets and regional neighbors, as well as high sea exports of bulk and specialty sugars to long-standing international customers. Illovo also manufactures syrup as well as a variety of downstream goods such as furfural and furfuryl alcohol, natural flavorings, high-quality ethyl alcohol, and lactulose. The company aims to ensure reliable, cost-effective energy supply to all operations and, where economically feasible, to export power into the national grids of the countries in which it operates through its own internal electricity-generating capability, which uses bio-renewable boiler-feedstock such as cane fiber residue post extraction process.
Headquarters: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Screenshot of https://www.illovosugarafrica.com/
Illovo Sugar South Africa
Sasol Limited is a South African integrated energy and chemical business headquartered in Sandton. The company was founded in 1950 in Sasolburg, South Africa, and was based on technologies pioneered by German chemists and engineers in the early 1900s (see coal liquefaction). Sasol now develops and commercializes innovations, such as synthetic fuel technology, and produces various liquid fuels, chemicals, nuclear, coal tar, and electricity. It is South Africa’s largest corporate taxpayer, one of the world’s major coal mining companies and one of the largest manufacturing companies in South Africa.
Sasol is a multinational chemical and energy corporation. It uses its knowledge and ability to integrate advanced technology and processes into large-scale operations. It sources, manufactures, and markets a diverse range of high quality products in 22 countries, producing value for stakeholders. Its objective of “Innovating for a Better World” pushes it to deliver on the triple bottom line outcomes of People, Planet, and Profit responsibly and always with the intent of becoming a force for good.
Headquarters: Sandton, South Africa
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Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA)
The beverage bottling activities of SABMiller plc, The Coca-Cola Company, and Gutsche Family Investments in Southern and East Africa were combined to establish Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in 2016. Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) is the eighth-largest Coca-Cola bottler in the world by revenue and bottles and distributes beverages that bear the trademarks of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) or TCCC’s connected organizations. In its operations in Africa, which span more than 42 bottling facilities in 15 nations, CCBA employs approximately 17 000 people.
CCBA, which boasts a varied pan-African footprint serving over 600 000 outlets and a combined population of over 350 million people across the continent, accounts for nearly 40% of all Coca-Cola volumes sold in Africa. South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Namibia, Ghana, Mayotte, the Comoros, Botswana, Zambia, Eswatini, Malawi, and Lesotho are the markets that it operates in within sub-Saharan Africa.
In the value chain, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa is concentrated on rapid growth and social development. By reducing the environmental effect, it responsibly produces and markets its products. CCBA is delighted to lead the industry in finding more environmentally friendly ways to produce, distribute, and market its goods. Its goal is to increase opportunities for business and the communities it serves to work together across the value chain.
Headquarters: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Coca-Cola Beverages Africa-Ethiopia
Next one in the list of largest manufacturing companies in South Africa is Sappi. A South African pulp and paper firm with international activities, Sappi Limited was first established in 1936 as South African Pulp and Paper Industries Limited. It produces and sells goods made of wood fiber, including packaging, wood pulp that dissolves, graphic papers, printing papers, and specialty papers. The company offers related items including nanocellulose and lignosulphonate. The graphic paper products from Sappi are utilized in a variety of print applications, including books, brochures, periodicals, and catalogs. The business provides specialist cellulose products that are used to produce viscose fiber for products including stylish apparel, textiles, home goods, and medications.
Sappi does business through a network of production sites and sales offices spread across South Africa, Europe, and different nations in North America. It has a history of developing new products to satisfy regional demand for newsprint, graphic papers, packaging papers used to protect the customers’ products (especially in the agricultural sector), specialty papers used in convenience food, confectionery, cosmetic, and luxury markets, and tissue paper for household, medical, and industrial use in Southern Africa.
In the market for dissolving pulp (DP), its Verve brand is a major competitor. The creation of viscose fiber for trendy apparel and textiles, acetate tow, medicinal items, as well as a variety of consumer and home goods, uses DP, which is employed by converters all over the world. The majority of its mills’ output in South Africa is exported. With five operating mills, Sappi Southern Africa is able to produce 99,000 m3 of sawn timber, 690,000 tons of paper, 633,000 tons of paper pulp, and more than a million tons of dissolving pulp annually. The fact that Sappi Southern Africa is a net seller of pulp effectively hedges the pulp that the European business purchases.
Headquarters: Johannesburg, South Africa
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A Premier in South Africa is the head of one of the country’s nine provinces. The Company offers a multi-brand, multi-product offering across a wide range of categories and channels, strategically positioning itself within the food and beverage, home and personal care, and industry, while also preserving the flexibility to capitalize on growth areas in the CPG sector. As well as well-known South African brands like Snowflake and Blue Ribbon, Premier also creates and promotes popular Mozambican brands like CIM, Florbela, and Polana.
Over the last decade, it has expanded its portfolio from a traditional milling and bakery business into sugar confectionery (Super C, Mister Sweet, and Manhattan), home & personal care (Lil-lets, Dove Cottons, and Vulco), and bakery through the acquisition of bakeries in the Eastern Cape. Premier’s acquisition strategy in the rest of Africa has broadened the portfolio in eSwatini to include bakery, milling, and beverage activities, as well as milling, biscuits, animal feeds, and pasta operations in Mozambique.
The company has an R14.5 billion yearly revenue and employs approximately 8100 people across multiple operations. Premier runs 13 bakeries, 7 wheat mills, 3 maize mills, and manufacturing units around the region, providing a diverse range of sugar confectionery, feminine hygiene, biscuits, animal feeds, pasta, and mageu. The consumers receive these products through 25 distribution facilities located in South Africa, eSwatini, Mozambique, and Lesotho. Premier also maintains a sales office in the United Kingdom that exports to the Middle East, Ireland, and other EU areas.
Screenshot of https://www.premierfmcg.com/
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Baloworld Equipment would be the following largest manufacturing company in South Africa. Barloworld Equipment is Cat Earthmoving Equipment’s Southern Africa dealer, with operations in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Angola, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, and joint ventures in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Barloworld Equipment also owns the largest dealership on the Iberian Peninsula and recently finalized the acquisition of their joint partner in the Siberia dealership in eastern Russia.
The company has been operating in Africa for over 100 years and is supported by Barloworld Limited, an R62 billion company with secondary listings on the London and Namibian Stock Exchanges. It provides the earthmoving industry with high-quality construction and mining equipment. Equipment with the lowest total ownership and running costs over its lifetime is designed for success. And it is supported by individuals who are well-informed, empowered, and enthusiastic.
Barloworld Equipment accomplishes this by ensuring that its application and training professionals spend the majority of their time where it matters most – in the field, where they can provide your staff with the expert knowledge they require to get the most out of your machines. It accomplishes by dedicating to social, environmental, and economic sustainability. Also, by investing in water and power metering systems at all of its facilities and evaluating fuel, water, and electricity intensity across southern African operational footprint, it’s attempting to reduce the environmental impact of economic activity.
Screenshot of https://www.barloworld-equipment.com/
Barloworld Equipment Southern Africa
South African Breweries
One of South Africa’s most admired companies, South African Breweries is the country’s largest brewer. With a total yearly brewing capacity of 3.1 billion liters, the company operates 7 breweries and 42 depots in South Africa. Castle Lager, Hansa Pilsener, and Carling Black Label are just a few of the time-honored brands in the company’s beer portfolio. Two years later, in 1896, it was the first industrial company to be listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and the year after that, in 1898, it was the first to be listed on the London Stock Exchange.
The company’s culture and values are unified by the Dream-People-Culture platform, which is based on the 10 Principles and serves as the company’s guiding philosophy. Despite having offices in many different countries with varying customs, the company operates as a unified whole by focusing on putting the appropriate people in the right roles at all times. As a result of many initiatives aimed at enhancing local autonomy and creating new employment opportunities, South African Breweries is pleased with its contribution to the township’s economic revival.
Headquarters: Johannesburg , South Africa
Screenshot of https://www.sab.co.za/
Arcelormittal South Africa
ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited is the African continent’s largest steel producer, having a capacity of 7.8 million tonnes of liquid steel annually. Since 1928, the company has carefully maintained a depth of technical and managerial competence, as well as a reputation for dependability and a sharply defined commercial focus, which has molded the organization into a modern, highly competitive provider of steel products to local and global markets.
This has been accomplished through maintaining continuous alignment with worldwide best practices and a thorough awareness of the steel business environment, assuring the company’s continued global competitiveness and engagement in foreign markets. ArcelorMittal South Africa’s global standing is strengthened further by its inclusion in the ArcelorMittal Group, the world’s largest steel maker. Through this affiliation, ArcelorMittal South Africa gains access to world-class research and development, best-practice procedures, aggressive procurement contracts, and international market leverage, ensuring the company remains at the forefront of the international steel industry.
The company’s ability to generate profits and cash throughout the steel cycle fluctuations demonstrates the success of years of intensive business re-engineering and the cultivation of a continuous improvement culture, cemented ArcelorMittal South Africa’s position as one of the world’s lowest cash cost steel producers. ArcelorMittal South Africa’s objective is to add value to all stakeholders through its market leadership position in Sub-Saharan Africa by producing excellent steel products safely, being an employer and supplier of choice, and striving to be among the lowest-cost steel producers in the world as well as one of the largest manufacturing companies in South Africa.
Headquarters: Gauteng, South Africa
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Tiger Brands Limited (JSE: TBS) is a packaged goods company based in South Africa. Tiger Brands has direct and indirect holdings in international food enterprises in Chile, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Nigeria, Kenya, and Cameroon, in addition to its South African activities. Tiger Brands Limited, a Top 40 JSE Limited business with a footprint that spans the African continent and beyond, is one of the major manufacturers and marketers of FMCG products in Southern Africa and has been for decades.
Tiger Brands has grown over several decades through acquisition and business clustering. Its success plan is based on the continuous renovation and reinvention of its brands, while the approach to expansion, acquisitions, and joint ventures has given traction to a distribution network that now spans over 22 African countries. The group’s primary focus is on the core business of FMCG categories that span the value chain. Its diverse portfolio of brands is supported by extensive research and valuable insights into each of the markets in which Tiger Brands works.
Tiger Brands is a world-class organization that will maintain and expand its position via continuous investment in all aspects of the business, including people, brands, technology, efficiency, quality, and sustainability. The Tiger Brands International team is committed to expanding Tiger Brands’ reach by exploring new opportunities to provide excellent brands to consumers all over the world.
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