Industry Research

Our industry reports provide an overview of the industry in a specific country. Research is conducted at the five-digit Standard Industrial Classification Codes as set out by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). Please click on the image above to see our coverage.

Each report covers the following topics.


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  • Generally includes statistics such as value, contribution to GDP and number of employees.
  • The most important problem or issue is usually mentioned.
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  • Provides a general outline of the industry, whether there are many players, whether there is vertical integration, whether it forms part of a larger sector, and includes the products manufactured by the industry.

2.1 Industry Value Chain
  • General value chain points, either in a paragraph or in diagrammatic form.

2.2 Geographic Position
  • Includes a graph showing the location of the head office of profiled companies by province.
  • Focuses on where the dominant companies are situated and why.
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  • Provides an indication of the size of the industry.
  • Approximate market share if it has been determined.
  • A table showing the major companies as well as smaller companies involved in the sector, arranged by province.
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4.1 Local
  • The important events of the last year or since the last report.
  • What is happening now? What are the trends, developments, successes, issues, government initiatives, problems?
  • Imports and exports.
  • New locations and investment in capacity.

4.1.1 Corporate Actions
  • Any corporate activity in the last two years. This includes takeovers, unbundling and mergers and acquisitions.

4.1.2 Regulations
  • Regulations that govern the industry.

4.1.3 Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development (Only applicable to South African reports)
  • The charter that is applicable to the industry.
  • Includes any BEE corporate activity.
  • Graph showing comparative analyses of BEE Scorecard against Overall Industry Scores.
  • Includes Opportunities for SMMEs and Entrepreneurs which identifies SMME opportunities within the sector, or supplying to the sector.

4.2 Continental
  • Trends and/or events for the industry in Africa and the implications of these trends.
  • Any facts and figures re South African companies already involved in Africa.
  • Any relevant trade/economic/political agreements and any notable developments regionally are mentioned here.

4.3 International
  • Compares South Africa with the global market.
  • Includes the names of major global players.
  • Includes information about South African companies with a global presence.
  • Trends, implications and market opportunities for South African companies.
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  • Factors that influence the success of the industry vary from sector to sector but the following are always included.

5.1 Economic Environment
  • Describes the current conditions and how they influence the sector.

5.2 Labour
  • Includes sub-headings: Employment figures; Unions; Skills and training.
  • Includes the SETA and training authority, skills shortages and training initiatives.

5.3 Environmental Concerns
  • Discusses any issues or developments within the sector that have resulted because of environmental concerns.

5.4 Technology, Research & Development (R&D) and Innovation
  • The importance and effect of new technology on the sector.
  • R&D initiatives in the sector.
  • Innovations in the sector.

Other factors included could be Rising Input Costs, Cyclicality, Government Support, Legislation, Infrastructure Programmes, Rapid Urbanisation, Information Technology, etc.
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  • Includes graphs on companies profiled, employees and turnover segmented by ownership type.
  • Local and international competition events and issues, including Competition Commission rulings and active investigations.

6.1 Barriers to Entry
  • Factors that impede entry to the industry.
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  • The SWOT analysis acts as a summary as it focuses on the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of the industry concerned. The points are drawn from the preceding content in the body of the report.
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  • Prospects for the sector
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  • Contact details for the associations that govern the industry.
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  • Names of the individuals interviewed are kept confidential.

10.1 Publications
  • List of Publications used in the compilation of the report.

10.2 Websites
  • List of Websites used when conducting internet research.
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