Deloitte at the Manufacturing Indaba 2015

Deloitte South Africa collaborated with the Manufacturing Indaba as the official Knowledge Partner for the second year running. The 2015 event was held on 29 & 30 June, at Emperors Palace, in Ekurhuleni.

Deloitte at the Manufacturing Indaba 2015


Deloitte partnered with a successful 2015 Manufacturing Indaba, which took place on 29 & 30 June at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni. This was an extension of last year’s partnership with what was then, the inaugural Manufacturing Indaba. The manufacturing industry is a key focus area for Deloitte. We are optimistic about the future of the manufacturing industry and encourage collaboration between the public and private sector to enhance competitiveness for manufacturing in Africa.

Deloitte Speakers

Karthi Pillay -  Africa Manufacturing, Automotive and Industrial Products & Services Leader 

Karthi Pillay is a director at Deloitte within the Risk Advisory division in Johannesburg. He is also the Manufacturing, Automotive & Industrial Products & Services Industry leader for the South African firm and the leader of Manufacturing for the Risk Advisory division for Deloitte, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). Within Risk Advisory, Mr Pillay leads the Business Risk Services team. He is the firm’s Lead Client Service Director (LCSD) for ACSA (Airports Company South Africa), one of the firm’s OCEO clients and is also the LCSD on other strategic clients of the firm, such as Zurich Short Term Insurance, ABB and Nissan South Africa. As director, a large part of his role is being a business advisor to many of his key clients. Mr Pillay has 16 years’ business experience in the Engineering, Energy and Consulting industries, having obtained 12 years of his experience at Deloitte.

•Keynote speaker alongside global leader at Deloitte, John Dixon, on day 2 of the 2015 Manufacturing Indaba

•Topics: Industry 4.0 – a perspective on the Future of Manufacturing

•Contact details: / +27(0) 82 883 7337

John Dixon – Global Forestry, Paper and Packaging Leader

John Dixon has more than twenty five years of experience working for and with companies in the process industry. He is a member of the global manufacturing leadership team and is the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s (DTTL) Global Forest, Paper & Packaging Sector Leader. John combines practical experience with a deep understanding of the industry to advise clients on strategic and operational improvements. He is challenged with growing Deloitte’s market position while sharing perspectives and maintaining relationships with our key industry clients. John worked for Milliken & Co. as a production manager and in professional consulting as a Process Industry and Supply Chain expert, prior to his management positions with IBM. These experiences have enabled John to develop a deep understanding of process manufacturing and how to drive improvements through strategy and business process change.

•Keynote speaker alongside Karthi Pillay on day 2 of the 2015 Manufacturing Indaba

•Topic: Industry 4.0 – a perspective on the Future of Manufacturing

•Contact details: / +1.704.904.2683

Newton Cockcroft – Africa Government Grants and Tax Incentives Director

Newton has over 20 years’ experience in government grants and incentives. Twelve years of this experience were spent in Deloitte’s dedicated grants and incentives business unit. Newton has advised clients over a wide spectrum of industries, including the Automotive, Manufacturing, FMCG, Life Sciences & Healthcare and Petrochemical industries. He has advised a large number of inward investors and has assisted them in optimising the available government grants and incentives. These incentives ranged between research and development incentives, infrastructure incentives, manufacturing related incentives, and also marketing and business optimisation incentives. Newton is a former Chairman of the Incentive Consultants Association and has also assisted the South African government in the design and development of grants and incentives.

•Panelist on day 1 of the 2015 Manufacturing Indaba

•Topic: Industrial financing, incentives and private sector investment

•Other members of this panel include representatives from national government and private advisory firms

•Contact details: / +27(0) 82 371 8498

Werner Swanepoel – RA Data Analytics Director

Werner Swanepoel is a director in the Deloitte Data Analytics business where his core focus is on Data Management. Over a career of 20 years, Werner has been involved with the development and implementation of varied information management solutions, ranging from Plant Maintenance to Customer Relationship Management and Business Intelligence Solutions. Werner has a background in Engineering and subsequently moved into Financial Services before joining Deloitte in 2007.

• Moderator on day 2 of the 2015 Manufacturing Indaba

• Topic: Applying manufacturing intelligence to become an insights-driven organisation for improved competitiveness and readiness for Industry 4.

• Other members of this panel include representatives from the research, automotive and power & automation engineering sectors.

• Contact details: / +27(0) 82 442 5948

Manufacturing thought leadership


Industry 4.0: Challenges and solutions for the digital transformation and use of exponential technologies

Around the world, traditional manufacturing industry is in the throes of a digital transformation that is accelerated by exponentially growing technologies. Companies need to adapt to this rapid change if they are not to be left behind by developments in their sector and by their competitors. This study investigates the extent to which Swiss manufacturing companies have already positioned themselves in relation to this digital transformation and the opportunities it offers them. And although it is a study based on Swiss manufacturing companies, its lessons prove valuable to manufacturers across the world.

The future of manufacturing: Making things in a changing world 

This report explores how exponential technological advancement, coupled with eroding barriers to entry, commercialization, and learning, are creating a new business landscape. While large-scale production will always dominate some segments of the value chain, innovative models—distributed small-scale local manufacturing, loosely coupled manufacturing ecosystems, and agile manufacturing—are enabling small players to enter markets once the province of large incumbents.

Deloitte on Africa: 2014 Africa construction trends

Africa’s rapidly growing middle class continues to drive demand for sustainable social infrastructure. Added to that, growth is being fuelled by continued investment in natural resources and agriculture. Overall, we see the opportunities surpassing the challenges facing our continent. Africa is our home and between 2013 and 2014 alone it was a home that exhibited a 46.2% growth in mega project construction value.

2015 Global chemicals mergers and acquisitions outlook: The momentum continues

Global chemical mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity is expected to increase in 2015, building on a strong year of activity in 2014 that saw 635 M&A transactions with an aggregate value of US$77.8 billion. The key chemical segments likely to experience continued growth in M&A activity are commodities, intermediates and specialties, fertilizers & agriculture chemicals and industrial gases

Enhancing manufacturing competitiveness in South Africa

In the 2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index, South Africa was placed 24th on the global competitiveness ranking. Deloitte South African partnered with the Manufacturing Circle to conduct a local competitiveness survey to unpack how South Africa can compete in the global market and to ascertain what the major issues were, impacting SA manufacturing competitiveness.

Pricing in the chemicals industry: Boosting your pricing power 

Many chemical companies are looking for opportunities to differentiate and grow organically. Escaping the commodity trap or introducing value-based pricing requires a closer connection with your customer and more insights into the end markets in which your customer is operating, allowing you to capture the maximum value through price setting and execution. This report provides insights into pricing strategies for chemical companies.

Analytics in Manufacturing

Deloitte undertook a study on the analytics readiness of South African manufacturers, with the help of 40 manufacturers who took part in the research. The findings of our survey will help South African manufacturers compare themselves with their global peers, inform their future strategies for success and shape and strengthen their analytics initiatives moving forward to improve their competitive positioning. The report also discusses the main challenges and opportunities pertaining to analytics.

2015 Global aerospace and defence outlook: Growth for commercial airspace; defence decline continues

The commercial aerospace sector is expected to set new records for aircraft production in 2015. The accelerated replacement cycle of obsolete aircraft with next generation fuel-efficient aircraft, and growing passenger travel demand, especially in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region are key drivers behind this trend.

Global revenues in the defence sector will likely continue to decrease in 2015 at an estimated 1.3 percent, and over the next few years, the defence sector will be challenged in two major ways: how to grow profitably in a declining market and what actions are necessary to cut costs to maintain acceptable financial performance.

Securing Industrial Controls: Don't be a victim of cyber-crime

The world has become increasingly connected. New technologies are constantly introduced, networking technology has become more intense and organisations have come to depend increasingly on IT solutions. With the rising use of new technology and connectivity, cybercrime also increases significantly.

Deloitte Africa Private Equity Confidence Report : Private Equity Confidence Survey - West, East and Southern Africa

The 2015 Africa PECS revealed that respondents in all three regions are heavily focussed on acquiring new assets in 2015, with those in East and West Africa exhibiting a particular propensity for increased investment. A massive 83% of respondents in West Africa and 71% in East Africa expect to invest more of their this year, compared to 52% in Southern Africa.

Contact Us

Karthi Pillay 
Africa Manufacturing Industry
& Automotive Leader
Tel: +27(0) 82 883 7337

Adheesh Ori 
Africa Manufacturing Chief
of Staff
Tel: +27(0) 82 353 3690

John Dixon
Global Forestry, Paper & Packaging Leader
Tel: +1.704.904.2683

Newton Cockcroft 
Africa Director Government Grants
& Tax Incentives
Tel: +27(0) 82 371 8498

Patrick Earlam
Africa Manufacturing Chemicals
& Tax Leader
Tel: +27(0) 82 556 9464

Greg Benjamin
Africa Manufacturing Corporate
Finance Leader
Tel: +27(0) 82 568 3590


Johan Oelofse
Africa Manufacturing Consulting
Tel: +27(0) 82 418 4039

Ursula Fear 
Africa Manufacturing Human Capital Leader
Tel: +27(0) 82 903 0603

Antoinette Shand
Manufacturing Marketing
Tel: +27(0) 84 200 4422


Click here to view our contact sheet


Visit the Manufacturing Indaba website for the full programme.