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The Green Manufacturing Revolution: Series 3 of the Future Manufacturing

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About the course

The manufacturing sector is experiencing a (r)evolution. Are you positioned to respond to these changes? Is your business future proof?

The business case for green manufacturing is explored on day one of the course. Consideration is given to market developments, environmental legislation and associated regulations, and the way firms are embracing rapidly developing green market requirements and emerging technologies for competitive advantage. Both firm-level and broader supply chain elements will be focused on.

Day two of this course will focus on exploring the various facets of green manufacturing in more detail, including the drive for waste minimisation, closed-loop production systems, clean energy supply, and associated packaging and logistics.

As per the Future Manufacturing Series, there will be a "project-week" between the two course blocks, and participants will be required to complete syndicate-based assignments covering green manufacturing developments across the automotive, clothing and textiles, and food processing sectors.

The assignments prepared in the project week will then be reviewed and discussed during Day 3 of the course.

The final day grounds the course learnings through a visit to a successful green manufacturing production site within eThekwini, followed by a discussion session focusing on practical learnings from the site visit and associated linkages to content covered over the first three days of the course.

Key focus areas:

The business case for green:

  • Markets;
  • Legislation; and
  • Sustainability vs green.

Green supply chains

Core green elements:

  • Waste minimisation;
  • Closed loop production;
  • Clean energy supply; and
  • Packaging and logistics.

Syndicate assignment: Review green manufacturing implications for a sector:

  • Automotive, Clothing and Textiles, Food processing.

How you will benefit:

After attending all three programmes, you should fully understand:

  • The key role of African trade and industrial development in the future of South African manufacturing;
  • Industrial and trade policy challenges that will need to be managed by manufacturers;
  • The multiple dimensions of the green manufacturing challenge, and how individual manufacturing businesses can respond to, and benefit from, the green (r)evolution – within their business and their supply chain; and
  • How technological and social forces will impact on manufacturing in the future.

Most importantly, participants should exit the three programmes only with an understanding of the critical issues covered, but also deep insights into how to respond to, and prepare for changes that are likely to occur. This will be covered through comparative case studies, input from industry leaders, and an interrogation of a range of strategic tools which will be considered and applied over the duration of the course.

Who should attend

Senior business and public-sector executives with manufacturing portfolios. The course will be taught at a masters’ level and executives should preferably also have a four-year technical or academic qualification.

Trust the experts

Justin Barnes

Dr. Justin Barnes is an expert in the field of industrial development. Justin has worked in the South African manufacturing sector since 1995. He co-established B&M Analysts in 1997 and left the University of Natal at the end of 2002 to focus on the company’s growing interests. He still, howe...


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