Industrials & Manufacturing

Industry Profile

Overview of the Industrials & Manufacturing Industry

The industrial industry involves fabricating products intended for industrial use from raw materials. The output of this industry makes mass manufacturing possible in most sectors. It produces machinery such as hardware, paper and packaging materials, glass, and fixtures. Among the businesses that the industry engages in are the production and selling of machinery, supplies, and equipment used to produce other goods. The products are not geared towards the end consumer.

The Manufacturing Industry deals with the large-scale production of goods that converts raw materials, parts, and components into finished merchandise using manual labour and machines. Today, manufacturing utilises machines, robots, computers, and humans to produce parts or ready goods. Typically, an assembly line enables creating of a product, moving from one workstation to the next.

The Manufacturing industry is divided into heavy, or large-scale, and light, or small-scale industries: 

  • The large-scale industry involves a significant investment in plants and machinery. It serves a vast and diverse market, including small scale manufacturing industries. The industry generally has a complex industrial organisation and specialised labour force, generating a large output volume; examples include crude oil refining, steel and iron manufacturing, vehicle manufacturing, and heavy machinery manufacture.
  • Light or small-scale industry involves smaller capital investment in plants and equipment. It may involve nonstandard products, such as customised or craftwork. The labour force may be low-skilled in textile and clothing manufacturing, food processing, and plastics manufacturing.

Industrial equipment can also be grouped into seven different segments. Agricultural, construction, mining, industrial, commercial and service machinery are all special-purpose machinery designed for a specific industry. The four other segments include machinery used by all sectors: ventilation, heating, cooling, metalworking equipment, engine and engine-related equipment, and other general-purpose machinery.

Global View
The Industrial Services Market size was valued at USD 29.52 Billion in 2020. According to Verified Market Research Report, it is projected to reach USD 45.34 Billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 5.53% from 2021 to 2028. The global manufacturing industry market size was $4,923.5 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $5,089.8 billion by 2022 (Allied Market Research). Globally, manufacturing continues to grow. According to Mckinsey, it now accounts for approximately 16 per cent of global GDP and 14 per cent of employment globally.

African Development Bank (AfDB) reports that Africa is at the bottom of the global value chain, with its share of global manufacturing at around only 1.9 per cent. Based on World Bank Data, the 2020 contribution to the continent’s GDP stood at approximately 11%. African economies still rely too heavily on raw commodities; between 2011-2013, manufactured goods made up only 18.5 per cent of exports, while 62 per cent of total imports were manufactured goods. AfDB is working with nations on the continent to develop economic zones to spur manufacturing and the industrial sector’s contribution to Africa’s GDP.

Industrials and large scale manufacturing are primarily absent in Africa except for South Africa, Tunisia and Morocco. According to an ODI report, the share of manufacturing in sub-Saharan African gross domestic product (GDP) has declined from 14% in 2000 to 9.6% in 2010. It has remained at that level until now. But it is also true that the value of manufacturing output and exports has doubled over the last decade. Annual manufacturing growth rates since 2000 were close to 10% in Ethiopia (among the top three in the world), Rwanda and Tanzania – though from a low base. Sub-Saharan Africa’s garment and textiles exports to the United States increased by 18% from the first half of 2017 to the first half of 2018 and a whopping 106% in Ethiopia. 

According to a Brookings report, the manufacturing sector could hit 666.4 billion dollars by 2013, more than $200 billion more in 2015. It also states that the AfCFTA has the potential to foster a more competitive manufacturing sector and promote economic diversification with the removal of tariffs to create a continental market that allows companies to benefit from the economies of scale. As a result, Africa’s manufacturing sector is predicted to double in size, with annual output increasing from $500 billion in 2015 to $1 trillion in 2025 and creating an additional 14 million stable, well-paid jobs.

Manufacturing contributed GHS28bn ($6.1bn) to GDP in 2017, up from GHS23.9bn ($5.2bn) in 2016 and GHS20.5bn ($4.4bn) in 2015, according to the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS). This was equivalent to 11.7% of GDP in 2017. Although manufacturing’s contribution to the economy has decreased slightly over the past decade, this was largely due to the growth of the oil sector’s contribution to GDP. Indeed, the manufacturing sector grew by an impressive 9.5% in 2017, up from 7.9% in 2016 and 3.7% in 2015. 

According to the Ghana Statistical Service, the Manufacturing sub-sector recorded the highest quarterly GDP growth rate of 7.5% for 2021Q3 with 9,934.2 million Ghana Cedis.

According to the African Development Bank (AfDB), the value of Ghana’s machinery imports increased four-fold between 2000 and 2017 to $670m, reflecting the country’s growing industrial capacity. With the government’s lower capital investment in recent years, the private sector has become the driving force behind industrial development, according to the bank. 

This strong performance appeared to carry on into 2018, with the non-oil industrial sector growing by 11.1% in the first six months of the year, supporting real GDP growth of 5.4%, according to regional financial organisation Ecobank. Building on this successful sector expansion, the government has targeted an industrial growth rate of 7.6% for 2019.

According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, GDP From Manufacturing in Kenya dropped to 206838 KES Million in the first quarter of 2022 from 210910 KES Million in the fourth quarter of 2021. According to World Bank Data, this is a 1% drop from 8% in 2020 to 7% in 2021 contribution to GDP. According to macrotrends, Kenya manufacturing output for 2021 was $7.99B, a 4.33% increase from 2020.

On average, the manufacturing industry’s contribution to the GDP has steadily declined since 2011. It can be argued that Kenya is going through premature deindustrialisation even though manufacturing and industry are still relatively under-developed.

World Bank data of manufacturing’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP was at 11% in 2020, which is a decline from previous numbers despite the 6.05% increase in manufacturing output from 2018 to reach $54.76 Billion in 2020, according to Macrotends. Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics also reports that manufacturing activities account for about 12 per cent of the labour force in the formal sector of the nation’s economy. However, despite its potential to generate jobs due to the availability of a workforce and a robust local market, Nigeria’s manufacturing has seen its performance dwindle in recent years. Due to the infrastructural challenges and harsh business environment for local manufacturers who can’t competitively produce compared to importers.

South Africa
Manufacturing is the country’s fourth largest industry, contributing 14% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, the food and beverages division is an essential player in the industry, contributing 25% to total manufacturing activity.

According to South Africa Market Insight, food and beverage production makes up most of South Africa’s manufacturing sector, closely followed by petroleum and chemical products. Meanwhile, basic iron and steel come in third place. When combined, these three industries contribute a share of over 70% to South Africa’s Manufacturing sector.

Despite the Coronavirus’s adverse economic effects, South Africa’s manufacturing industry generated 13% of GDP and approximately 50% of all export revenues in 2020, according to Brand South Africa. Basic iron and steel products made up R65.9 billion (9.5%) of sales in the same year, while food production brought in R60.7 billion (7%). However, the production of motor vehicles, valued at about R165 billion (23.7%), remained the mainstay.

  • B2B eCommerce
    With the current digital evolution, especially online shopping, industrial companies are moving toward B2B eCommerce (business-to-business electronic commerce) to efficiently and effectively sell products. B2B eCommerce systems aid in an effortless shopping experience by allowing manufacturers greater direct-to-customer sales flexibility. B2B eCommerce platforms automatically synchronise data to cut down on inventory management and human error, delivering the right product to the consumer.
  • Customers’ Demand for Personalisation
    Delivering exceptional products is no longer enough for industrial businesses. Customers expect positive experiences and service to accompany purchases. It necessitates increased flexibility, automation, and intelligence across the manufacturing process. It also necessitates efficient coordination among sales, engineering, production, and aftermarket sales departments
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
    Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is another digital manufacturing trend related to business management software. ERP systems unify several aspects of industrial operations into a single system. As a result, manufacturers get visibility into the entire process. They can make adjustments where appropriate. While ERP is not a new concept in the manufacturing industry, it is increasingly used in conjunction with cloud capabilities. ERP maintains up with the fast-paced business climate and the continuously increasing demands of the manufacturing industry, from financials to supply chain, human resource activities, and everything in between.
  • Focus on Carbon Neutrality
    Climate change is an urgent priority for the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing companies account for around one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, businesses are reconsidering their business models and shifting to low-carbon or carbon-neutral manufacturing. In addition, governments are taking initiatives to promote sustainability and enact policies to support it. These policies will force manufacturers to modify their operations, from product design to delivery to factory models. 

These include:

  • Engineering design and fabrication of tools, equipment, and machinery for multi-sectoral applications, deploying virtual manufacturing tools
  • Design, engineering simulation and computer modelling of engineering processes, plant, machinery and spare parts for rapid prototyping for use by SMEs
  • Engineering materials research (iron, steel, nonferrous metals and alloys, plastics, glass, ceramics, polymer electronics and nanotechnology)
  • Mechanical engineering tools development (power tools, hand tools, cutting tools and machine tools)
  • Electrical Machinery, and tools
  • Integration of Indigenous Science and Engineering Knowledge
  • Models of technology/industrial parks

Others are Advancements in battery hybrid and battery tech – automotive, Design and Development of Machines for Agricultural Production, Developing value Chain Schemes for various raw materials and Developing Transport Systems for food distribution.

SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy
Lowering energy usage makes energy and reduces the cost of units of energy. The industrial and manufacturing industry can play significant parts in designing renewable products and energy.

SDG 9 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
The Industrial and Manufacturing industry must develop sustainable infrastructure to support economic development focusing on affordable and equitable access to achieve sustainable cities and communities.

SDG 12: Sustainable Consumption And Production
Sustainable consumption and production promote resource & energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, access to essential services, green and decent jobs, and a better quality of life. Implementing this in the Industrial and Manufacturing industry will help achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental & social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty. 

It involves engaging consumers through awareness-raising and education on sustainable consumption and lifestyles, providing consumers with adequate information through standards and labelling, and engagement in sustainable public procurement.

  • Automation
    The automation of the industrial goods industry has aided in increasing efficiency, preserving production stability, and enhancing workplace safety, among other things. Still, it has also resulted in many industrial employees’ employment loss. As more businesses automate parts of their operations, most industrial workers are concerned about job loss due to technological improvements. Moreover, some employees believe that technology will never be able to replace the human mind.
  • Healthcare Cost for Workers
    Another problem the industry faces is keeping up with changing and rising healthcare costs. As healthcare costs rise, industrial businesses find it increasingly difficult to manage their budgets. For example, in the United States, manufacturers pay for their employees’ healthcare. However, it is no longer practicable as expenses increase, and there are no viable alternatives.
  • Inventory Management
    Although automated technologies have made inventory management much more accessible, it remains one of the most demanding tasks in the industrial industry. Despite this, many manufacturers, particularly small ones, manage their supply by hand. Inventory management is a time-consuming task. However, that can be aided by software. Manual stock checks are inefficient and prone to errors, leading to inaccuracies, shortages, overstocking, and unidentified damages.
  • Shortages of skilled workers
    It is a significant issue for many businesses, but manufacturing is particularly impacted. As the baby boomer population approaches retirement, skilled professionals in numerous industrial goods and manufacturing companies are in great demand. While some mechanised activities and machine sensors have become more ubiquitous, millennials with technical skills and knowledge still need to replace the retiring workforce.
  • High Exchange Rate
    The sudden rise in the exchange rate has damaged the industrial & manufacturing sectors. The prices of goods or raw materials have tripled or quadrupled. As a result, manufacturers are forced to reduce their product sizes or increase their prices. It has strained the consumers and the manufacturers.
  • Infrastructural Challenges
    The Manufacturing industry in Nigeria has many infrastructural challenges. A crucial issue that hinders manufacturers in Nigeria is the inability to access an uninterrupted power supply. There has been a massive decline in electricity supply across the country that has further affected the industrial and manufacturing companies in the nation. In addition, alternative power sources like Diesel generators can exorbitantly increase the cost of production. Other infrastructural challenges include bad roads and poor storage facilities.
  • Inconsistent Government PoliciesChanging government policies has challenged Nigeria’s manufacturing industry and inexistent industrial segment. Poor access to foreign exchange to import goods, lax enforcement of protectionist policies and bottlenecks in the importation of machinery have made the business environment challenging for local manufacturers and industrialists are no longer competitive with importers of the same goods.

Challenges in the industry include a lack of skilled employers, high exchange rates, infrastructure challenges, poor distribution, 

Here are innovation opportunities in the industrial and Manufacturing industry which include:

Artificial Intelligence
Factories are integrating AI across their production systems and processes. Advanced AI allows for predictive maintenance, cognitive computing, swarm intelligence, context-aware computing, smart machines, hardware accelerators, and generative design. 

Human Augmentation 
The physical and cognitive augmentation of humans is a significant industry innovation. Technologies like wearables and exoskeletons are augmenting human limitations. Furthermore, industrial mobile devices, natural and intuitive UI, and portable machine control screens enhance the ease of using such technology. 

Extended Reality (XR)
The industry already uses XR technologies like mixed reality (MR), augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR) in the research and development (R&D) to full-scale production and post-production processes. It is changing the way industrial manufacturing systems function. The nature of human-machine interaction is aligning more toward machine-enabled workers.

Internet of Everything
The machine-machine, human-machine, and human-human real-time connectedness together comprise the internet of everything in manufacturing. It includes IIoT, internet of skills, internet of services, internet of systems, and shop floor IoT. The internet of everything combines real-time data, machine intelligence, and human skills, resulting in faster, efficient, and cost-effective manufacturing processes.

Edge, Fog & Cloud Computing
The immense amount of data generated by the industrial internet of things (IIoT) is propelling the adoption of edge, fog, and cloud computing capabilities in the industrial manufacturing Industry. As a result, custom hardware and software solutions like connected clouds, distributed clouds, distributed compute and storage, hybrid computing, low code development platforms, microservices, mobile computing, and multi-access edge computing are shaping this industry.

Advanced Robotics
Advancements in robotics make the Industrial and Manufacturing industry processes faster, more efficient, and safer. The most prominent robotic technologies impacting manufacturing include autonomous robots, collaborative robots (cobots), autonomous mobile robots, humanoid, mobile robots, cloud robotics, APIs, pick and place robots, and robot swarms. Robots offer higher precision and agility while improving the capability of rapidly developing customisable robots. Robots also free up time for the human workforce to focus on other non-repetitive or high-value tasks.

Manufacturing and production are synonymous for a lot of people. Production involves creating and assembling goods. A career in production is suitable for innovative people who like to bring designs to life. Examples of roles in this pathway include CNC Machinists, Welders, Automotive industry workers, Production Supervisors, Metalworkers, Certified Production Technicians and Precision Machinists.

Manufacturing Production Process Development:
This pathway includes the design sector of the industry, a necessary component in producing manufacturing goods. Professionals in this pathway design the goods and develop and program the production processes. Additionally, they interview their target customers. They also evaluate the current market for a product and gather feedback from consumers. Careers within manufacturing production process development include Industrial Designers, Industrial Engineers, Engineering Technicians, Research Analysts, Manufacturing production supervisors etc.

Logistics and Inventory Control:
Logistics involves the planning and moving of materials to and from manufacturing sites. Like logistics, inventory control involves organising the transportation, receipt, and delivery of materials and products, from acquisition to distribution. 

Careers in this pathway include: Shipping and Receiving Specialists (and Supervisors), Inventory Control Specialists, Industrial Traffic Managers, Inventory Managers, Supply Chain Specialists/ Analyst, and Logistician.


Quality Assurance:
Quality assurance professionals are critical in the industrial & manufacturing industry. They help ensure that the production and output of goods meet high-quality standards and specifications. These professionals may test manufactured goods/machines to ensure they work and are correctly assembled. In addition, they may also write the rules for quality for a company or product. Customer satisfaction is their priority. Examples of careers in this manufacturing career path are Quality Controller, Quality Supervisor, Receiving Inspector, Manufacturing Quality Inspector, Supplier Quality Assurance Supervisor, Quality Auditor, and Quality Customer Service Representative.

Health, Safety, and Environmental Assurance:
This career pathway involves ensuring workers’ and products’ safety. These professionals conduct safety and health inspections within the workplace and ascertain it is safe for employees. In addition, they teach employees safe working practices, train them on equipment and emergency procedures, and implement incident and hazard investigations as needed. Furthermore, some professionals will confirm that consumers can use goods safely. Roles in this pathway include Health and Regulatory Inspectors, Industrial Safety and Health Technicians, Environmental Engineers, Health and Safety Engineers, and Safety Supervisors.

Maintenance, Installation, and Repair:
Manufacturing processes involve high-tech tools, machines, software programs, and equipment. As a result, skilled professionals must ensure these various technologies operate smoothly. They install and onboard machinery. Additionally, they regularly test machines, evaluate the performance of tools, and upgrade software programs. Furthermore, they troubleshoot any problems and recommend new tools and technology. Their work is vital for employees’ safety and production quality. Career pathways in this cluster include System Setup Specialists, Manufacturing Repair Technicians/Manufacturing Test Engineer, Computer Maintenance Technicians, Maintenance Supervisors, Steamfitters, Pipefitters, and Millwrights.

The Highest Paying Jobs in the industry include:
Manufacturing Manager/Industrial Production Manager, Operation Manager, CNC Manufacturing Engineer, Information Technology Manager, Human Resources Manager , Mechatronics Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Manufacturing Test Engineer, Plant Engineering Manager

  • Analysis & Problem-Solving
    Employers love problem solvers, and hence, your need to be able to proffer solutions to challenges as they arise in the workplace. Therefore, you must be able to spot, analyse and give answers to problems. 

  • Creativity & Critical Thinking
    Working in this industry requires you to be able to think creatively and critically. While it is true that workers follow orders from their superiors in this industry, creative solutions and ideas are also appreciated as it gives a new way to do things. Employers value workers who can analyse situations at work, see problems or errors, and then propose solutions to them. You must think critically to spot things that aren’t working or when something that used to work no longer work. You must be able to profer solutions to them or liaise with your team to solve such problems.

  • Continual Learning & Adaptation
    Workers in this industry must keep up with skills as the business evolves and more industrial and manufacturing organisations embrace automation. Continuous learning can help you stay relevant in the field; some individuals in this area are losing their jobs worldwide due to industrialisation and a lack of skills to fulfil demand. Learning and adapting to changing trends, technology, and other factors can help you stay relevant in this field.

  • Teamwork
    How well do you collaborate with others? In this industry, your ability to connect and collaborate with people is also highly valued, as several operations require collaboration with other team members. To enhance project productivity and success, you must be able to collaborate with other industry professionals.

  • Planning & Organisation
    There is always a variety of activities going on at work, most of which have various priorities. Identifying project priorities in the short and long term and building a feasible plan to complete the tasks entrusted to you is key to success in the job. To achieve a goal or aim, workers in this industry must be able to manage time, tools, and resources successfully.

  • Digital Skills 
    Having digital skills will give you an edge in this industry. The industry is evolving with the adoption of technologies. Therefore, the automation of several processes, such as automation and data analysis, is relevant. Furthermore, learning and gaining digital skills like Inventory Management System software, Data Analytics, Digital marketing, etc., would help this industry depending on your career cluster. 

A majority of frontline careers in Industrial & manufacturing don’t need a university education. The most common degrees for hands-on workers involved in the day-to-day affairs of Industrial/manufacturing companies are secondary, technical and polytechnic education. It is an industry where experience is highly valued. Careers in production are varied, and entry-level positions require different educational degrees. Industrial production employees create and maintain efficient operations or ensure safe working conditions that meet strict regulations. 

For graduate careers in the industry, relevant degrees include Industrial engineering, Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Electronics Engineering, Computer Engineering and other technical degrees.

Some postgraduate programs include MSc Advanced Process Engineering, MSc Production Engineering and Operations Management, MSc Industrial Control Engineering, MSc Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, MSc Mechatronics, MSc Product Design, Engineering & Manufacturing, MSc Process Systems Engineering, MSc Chemical Process Engineering, MSc Industrial Engineering, MSc Process Safety, MPhil Industrial Systems, MSc Manufacturing and Management, MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and MSc Operations Management.

Here are some certifications courses you can take:

Certified Manufacturing Engineering Certification, Certified Production Technician, Certified Automation Professional, Quality Engineer Certification, American Society for Quality Certification, Project Management Professional, Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), Project Management Professional (PMP), Business analyst certifications, Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution (CLTD)

You may have heard that industry & manufacturing jobs entail producing boxes/products/pieces of equipment, packing & transporting industrial products, and sweating while operating heavy machinery and equipment. However, that is not entirely accurate; you can take various career paths in this industry, so research what the job entails before applying for jobs or graduate programs. Then, if the position aligns with your career plan, apply. 

Some production jobs in this industry do not require a degree. In contrast, other management, administration, or specialised production roles might require a formal degree.

Companies in this industry send out job vacancies on their official website. In addition, to recruitment agencies, it will be of help to check such channels to get updates about available jobs. Also, recruitment is done based on referrals, so connecting with people in the industry would help secure a job. 

Interviews are done for potential employees in this industry, especially for specialised roles and jobs that require a degree. For example, for some workers in the production units, all that is needed might be a written application and being physically fit. Then, they are hired, but for some roles, technical, administration, Marketing, etc., interviews are conducted for applicants to select the best hand for the job.

Industrials and manufacturing companies are usually the largest or one of the largest employers. Though many industrial & manufacturing processes have become automated, there are still a lot of activities done and operations coordinated by humans that make work in the industry highly demanding. This makes the industry require a sizeable number of workers compared to other industries. 

Workers earn salaries based on their education and location, but work experience is crucial for technical roles and a key consideration for compensation. 

In most manufacturing setups, most production workers work on contract and may receive hourly, daily or weekly wages. Experienced technicians usually manage the machines, while workers may work on sorting and product labelling tasks. Most of these jobs are repetitive, require following instructions strictly and may require spending most of the time on one’s feet while being safety-conscious. In addition, workers work based on shifts, and some might need to work at night to keep up with production.

Administrative and management staff work in offices that are often outside their manufacturing and industrial operations. Also, you can pursue several career paths in this industry, contrary to the belief that jobs in this industry are mainly fabrication and production work. There are other career paths in administration, finance, human resource, marketing, etc., that career seeker can pursue in this industry.

Employers in this industry provide health insurance cover for their staff. In addition, working in this industry opens you to learn about new technological tools and how to use them. As technology advances and new tools are being introduced in the workspace, companies often hire instructors to train their staff on using new technological tools. Again, this helps build your skillsets.

Another peck of working in this industry is working with a team; this allows you to interact and rubs minds with others while working towards productivity. Again, this allows for human interaction, making work more fun and productive.

Another perk of working in this industry is working with a team; this allows you to interact and rubs minds with others while working towards productivity. Again, this allows for human interaction, making work more fun and productive.

Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
IEEE Electronics Packaging Society
Robotics and Automation Society (RAS)
Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
American Society for Precision Engineering (ASPE)
Manufacturing Council (USA)

Private Enterprise Federation, Association of Ghana Industries

Kenya Association of Manufacturers

Manufacturing Association of Nigeria, NECA (Nigerian Employers Consultative Association), SMEDAN (Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria), NASSI (National Association of Small Scale Industrialists), Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture (NACCIMA).

South Africa
Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA), Plastics Institute of SA (PISA), SA Industrial Container Reconditioners Association (SAICRA), Institute of Packaging SA (IPSA), Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association of South Africa (AMA), Iron and Steel Producers’ Association of South Africa (ISPA), Association of Electric Cable Manufacturers of SA (AECMSA), Cape Engineers’ and Founders’ Association (CEFA), Electrical Manufacturers’ Association of SA (EMASA), Animal Feed Manufacturers Association.

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Maxwell Kofi Jumah, Emelia Adjei Ohene-Kena, Mukesh V. Thakwani, Charles Darku, Ahomka Lindsay 

Nzambi Matee, Catherine Mahugu, Anerlisa Muigai, Darshan Chandaria, Shirlene Nafula

Innocent Chukwuma , Kofo Akinkugbe, Ibukun Awosika, Abdul Samad Isyaku Rabiu, Theophilus Danjuma

South Africa
Khotso Mokhele, Tertius Carstens, Zeenat Ghoor, Mayleen Kyster.


  • UNIDO | United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre

Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprises Development, The National Industrial Training Authority, Kenya Industrial Property Institute, Kenya Accreditation Services

Federal Institute Of Industrial Research Oshodi, Project Development Institute (PRODA), Raw Materials Research and Development Council, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Standard Association Of Nigeria (SON), Institute for Industrial Technology, National Automotive Council, National Centre for Agriculture Mechanization, National Steel Raw Materials Exploration Agency.

South Africa
Department of Environmental Affairs, Department of Trade & Industry, Engineering Council of South Africa.

Apple, Toyota Group, Samsung Electronics, Nestle, Nissan, Intel, Lenovo, IBM, Unilever, PepsiCo, Hoffmann-La Roche, Procter & Gamble, Hengli Group, General Motors, BMW, Cardinal Health, Nissan, Hitachi, Bosch, Aviation Industry Corporation of China, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Volkswagen Group, Honda, BASF, Sinochem, ChemChina, General Electric, Sinopharm, Hoffmann-La Roche, Enel, China Baowu Steel Group, Airbus, Ford, Foxconn. Johnson & Johnson, Daimler, Hon Hai Precision, Daimler, Hon Hai Precision Industry, Honey Well, Union Pacific, Dow Chemical, Tesla, SAIC, Mitsubishi, BMW, Huawei, LG, HP, Coca-cola, Nike, L’Oréal, Imperial Brands, PLC, Danone, Tyson Foods, Nike Inc, Kraft Heinz, Altria Group, Adidas AG, British American Tobacco PLC, Whirlpool Corp, General Mills, Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA, Pernod Ricard, Johnson & Johnson, Heineken Holding NV, 3M Co, Nestlé SA.

Edita Food Industries, Dolidol, KS Africa, JET Motor Company, Si-Ware Companies, Reibus International, Atonarp, Seeq, Triax Technologies, Inc., Uptake Technologies, Dodla Dairy, Relativity Space, Blue Origin, SiFive, Lightyear.

Fanmilk Ghana, Kantanka Automobile Company Limited, Unilever Ghana, Guinness Ghana Limited, Gold Fields Ghana Limited, Polytank Ghana Limited, Nestle Ghana, Accra Brewery, Akosombo Textiles, Tema Oil Refinery, Tinatett Herbal Manufacturing and Marketing Company Limited, Tema Cocoa Processing Company, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana, Kasapreko Company Limited, Sterling International Company, GIHOC Distilleries, Kane-Em Industries Limited, Royal Crown Packaging Limited, B5 Plus Steel Industry, Rockters Roofing Systems Limited, Jelcem Ghana Limited, Unique Roofing Systems

Unilever, 14Trees Kenya limited, DST East Africa, 1516 Spices, Bidco Africa, Gearbox, East Africa Breweries Limited, Brookside Dairy Limited, Premier Food Industries Limited, Crown Paints Limited, Doshi Group of Companies, Farmer’s Choice, Mabati rolling mills, PZ Cussons East Africa, Tarpo Industries Limited. Bamburi Cement, Tononoka Steel, Maisha Flour Mills, Doshi Group of Companies, Haco Industries Ltd Kenya, Kapa Oil Refineries, Unga Group Limited, Pwani Oil Refineries, Chandaria Industries Limited, Sameer Group

Dangote Group, BUA Group, Lafarge Cement, Tacna Services, Nexans Nigeria, Innoson Motors, Techo-Quip Nigeria Ltd, Starron Nigeria Ltd, S. Adiss Agricultural Engineering Limited, Nigeria Machine Tools, Eldorado Nigeria Limited, Bafrad Nigeria Enterprises Limited, Microscale Embedded Ltd, Skipper ETS Electric Limited, Diamond Power Control Inc, Cutler-Hammer Nigeria Limited, Fuseline Nigeria Limited, Nobel Carpets, Mouka Foam, Vita Foam, Nigerite, Xpression (Solpia) Nig Ltd, Daily Needs Industries, Sunflag, Tranos, Padson Industries, Lubcon, Teju Industries, Vono, Aristocrat industries, Berger Paints, IPWA, Covenant Ground Group, Covenant Ground Group, Desopas Engineering Limited, Emel, Enpee Group, Feratto Industries, Zarem, African Textiles, Chellco, Bata, APIN Footwear, Iddo Plastics, Pitason, Yikodeen, Alooms, Cresten.

Many companies in Nigeria’s fast-moving consumer goods industry manufacture their products. These include Unilever Nigeria Plc, Nestle Nigeria Plc, Nigeria Breweries Plc, PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, Flour Mills of Nigeria, DUFIL Prima Foods Limited, United Africa Company of Nigeria, Guinness Nigeria Plc, British American Tobacco, Chi Limited, Beloxxi group, Vital Products, Sona Agro Allied Foods Limited, Dansa Foods Limited, Yale Foods Ltd, La Casera Company Plc, OK Foods Limited, Friesland Campina Wamco Nigeria Plc, NIJI GroupZubee International Company Limited, DuFil Prima Foods Plc, Be Global Food FZE (BGF), Conserveria Africana Limited, Nutri C, Apples and Pears Limited.

South Africa
Sasol, South Africa Breweries, RCL Foods, Kelpack Manufacturing, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Anheuser-Busch InBev, PepsiCo, Siemens, Coca-Cola Company, BMW Group, ABB, Ford Motor Company, Nestlé, Henkel, L’Oréal, ArcelorMittal, Samsung Electronics, Cummins, Reckitt, MPact Plastics, Gundle Plastics, Hytec Group, Stalcor, Tiger Brands.


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