Technology assistance for industry competitiveness - technology localisation programme



As part of the national effort to develop national infrastructure, State Owned Companies (SOCs) have embarked on large capital expansion programmes. These large programmes are most often procured from overseas Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Whilst these infrastructures are essential, it has become global practice to link such procurement programmes with some offset commitments to use local suppliers/equipment and ensure some level of technology transfer to the recipient. 

The DST realised that technological upgrading or support is most often the key intervention required to improve the competitiveness of a firm, or to enable the firm to achieve the levels of quality, time and cost required by the OEM, or by the SOC. The DST therefore developed the Technology Localisation Plan (TLP) to support technology localisation and the support mechanism to deliver technological support is the Technology Assistance Packages (TAPs). The TLP presents an overarching and generic framework for DST's engagement in technology localisation initiatives, including the CSDP.

Localisation aims at increasing the local industrial activity – manufacturing or services. Successful localisation is viewed as increased local content in capital programmes and operations. Bold intervention is required to raise the capabilities of local manufacturing companies so that they can earn a share of the recapitalisation investments, and ultimately enter export markets as competitive suppliers into the OEM's global supply chains.

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In support of the TLIU interventions implemented, as well as to provide relevant information to large buyers in South Africa, the TLIU is expanding its current manufacturing supplier database.

The information gathered from manufacturing suppliers is invaluable when speaking to large national and international buyers. By extracting shortlists of suppliers based on opportunities/requirements tabled by the buyers, the TLIU can start the introduction process of South African manufacturers to these buyers.

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The SETIIP name change to Experiential Training Programme
The Science, Engineering and Technology Industry Internship Programme name change to Experiential Training Programme

Technology boost levels global playing field for local component manufacturer
Improved machine set-up time and machining cycle time for Daliff Precision Engineering (Pty) Ltd

100% locally-produced solar water heater after technology assistance
iSolar develops a flat plate collector with 100% local content.

Technology assistance culminates in warm reception for newly designed product
Ikhwezi Solar, manufacturer of state-of-the-art solar hot water collectors, introduced a new product in the 200 litre range.

Technology intervention propels Adventure Power to international heights
Significant value added in the areas of design, increased production, job creation and global market increase of Adventure Power, the only local manufacturer of medium-sized wind turbines in South Africa.

Metal manufacturer taps into increased turnover, job creation and production efficiency
Fabrinox, a Western Cape metal manufacturing company, benefits from the successful implementation of a Firm Technology Assistance Package (FTAP).

Quality certification helps wheels turning on international soil
SWASAP, the only African railway axle manufacturer, was able to qualify its manufacturing technology to an EN13261 certification.

Technology intervention for sheet metal manufacturer benefits state-owned companies
Calculus Products (Pty) Ltd has designed a unique lightweight and cost-effective service vehicle toolbox for Eskom maintenance vehicles.

Technology assistance keeps local bearings manufacturer moving ahead
GB Bearings (Pty) Ltd, manufacturer, distributor and refurbisher of industrial and white metal bearings for the South African and export markets, launched a new range of industrial bearings and further expanded its business by adding a new test rig – the only of its kind in South Africa.
Read the Engineering News article

Minister Pandor launches Casting Simulation Network
Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, launched the Casting Simulation Network (CSN) at the Vaal University of Technology in Sebokeng on 2 July 2015. Read the Engineering News article
How to use the CSN

Rosatom Workshop
Modern Russian Technologies for Thermal Power Engineering in Africa.

Casting Simulation Network [PDF]
Promoting casting simulation benefits to South Africa's foundry industry

Turning alerts into opportunities
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