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.

TLIU Profiling Form

Opportunity Alerts

TLIU keeps track of opportunities that may be available for local companies. These opportunities are listed on this site for your benefit. Click 'More' below to search and download the details of any opportunies that you may be interested in.



Dear colleague

Do you see yourself as somebody contributing to 'Brand SA'?

Are you looking to strengthen your company's growth prospects in the coming years?

If so, on behalf of the National Industrialisation Support Initiative at the South African Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), we would like to request your assistance with a short product development survey before 7th April 2017.

We live in a rapidly changing world, one that is increasingly seeing competition from unexpected directions, and with market and industry disruptions becoming ever more frequent. More than ever, it is important for 'Team South Africa' to work together for our collective benefit. Therefore, it is essential for companies to avail themselves of the latest technological trends and to drive innovation in their products and business models as a means of competitive advantage.

To continue your company's drive into the future with sustainable growth, having the ability to conduct your own product development becomes an enabler for you to participate in both local and global supply chains. As the CSIR, we are interested to hear your views on product development and we have put together a short multiple-choice survey, Product Development Survey that will take just a few minutes to complete.

Product Survey (Click Here)

We thank you for providing us with your unique perspective.