The Twinsaver Group (Twinsaver), manufacturer of branded tissue products in South Africa, has committed R580 million to the country’s local manufacturing sector; investing in state-of-the-art production equipment at its Bellville and Kliprivier operations.
The first project is the installation of an R80 million 2-ply converting line at Twinsaver’s Bellville factory in the Western Cape, which will double 2-ply production capacity and create additional employment across the tissue value chain.
Speaking at the unveiling of the new 2-ply converting line, which was attended by a range of stakeholders in Bellville, Garth Towell, CEO at The Twinsaver Group, said, “A key element of our strategic plan is enhancing manufacturing capability and productivity in creating sustainable value for the business’ stakeholders. By investing in the best manufacturing technologies available and up-skilling our employees, we are entrenching our position as the leading tissue producer in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.”
The second project is Twinsaver’s R500 million investment at Kliprivier in Gauteng, which will involve the construction of new facilities and the installation of a new tissue manufacturing machine. Expected to commence next year, the project should take 15 months to complete and will enable an annual output of more than 27,000 tons.
“Contributing 14%1 of GDP, South Africa’s manufacturing industry is a key economic driver, which has been cited among the country’s top three multiplier sectors,” adds Towell. “Further to this, sub-Saharan Africa’s manufacturing sector, which brought in over $157 billion2 in 2014 (equivalent to 45% of SA’s GDP in the same year), has doubled production over the past 10 years. What this shows, is the immense potential for the region to become a strategic manufacturing hub and modern manufacturing technologies and the advancement of skills are crucial to realising this potential.”
“Our aim is to drive progress and sustainable growth in not just South Africa’s manufacturing sector, but also that of sub-Saharan Africa. Through our continued investments, we look forward to sustaining our number one sector position and expanding our footprint across other African markets.”