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OVERVIEW and provide employment opportunities. The IDC is supporting the clothing and textile industry with loans and investments. Manufacturing makes up 9% of Free State gross domestic product, and this comprises 4% of South Africa’s total. The Free State Regional Industrialisation Policy is being reviewed to ensure integration of infrastructure, bulk service provision, industrial sites and export and tax incentives to attract investment. Innovation in manufacturing is encouraged at the Product Development Technology Station (PDTS) at the Central University of Technology (CUT). The PDTS helps small businesses with the technology to design new products, to test them or to improve existing products. The PDTS is funded by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and works in partnership with another CUT unit, the Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM). This innovative thinking

ONLINE RESOURCES Free State Development Corporation: www.fdc.co.za Manufacturing Circle: www.manufacturingcircle.co.za National Department of Trade and Industry: www.dti.gov.za Product Development Technology Station: www.cut.ac.za/pdts South African Textile Federation: www.texfed.co.za

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is helping the Free State look for ways to develop new kinds of manufacturing. The existing manufacturing sector has capacity in many sectors including chemicals, agri-processing (covered in the overview on agriculture), textiles, carpets, engineering, packaging, furniture and jewellery. Harrismith is home to Nouwens C ar p et s and Boxmore Plastics. Boxmore Packaging’s new PET beer bottles are the first PET bottles specifically designed for beer on the SA market. Empire Gloves makes industrial gloves. Kroonstad-based Octa Engineering makes specialised rail carriages for the mining sector. In Bloemfontein, Transnet Engineering manufactures new wagons for the Transnet group, including iron ore and cement wagons and fuel tankers. About 20% of the Free State’s manufacturing sites are devoted to food and beverages, with soft drink giant Coca-Cola Fortune operating a large bottling plant in Mangaung. Landzicht Wine Cellar, an operation that distributes 2.4-million litres of wine ever y year from Jacobsdal, has a new bottling plant. Chemicals are a major sector within the Free State manufacturing basket. Sasol, Omnia and AECI are the major companies.

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Free State Business is a unique guide to business and investment in the Free State Province of South Africa. The Free State has several inve...

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