The chemical sector in South Africa is largely characterised by producer-driven value chains, which are highly capital intensive in nature. Therefore the aim of the investment and growth programme is to facilitate investments in both capital equipment and innovation to enhance the competitiveness of the firms and facilitate growth.
Buyer-Supplier Trade Platform
Exposure to growth opportunities is facilitated through enabling buyer-supplier meeting interactions with domestic and export customers at the annual African Chemical Imbizo. A strong emphasis is placed on enabling access to sub-Saharan African export markets. The buyer-supplier trade platform also serves as a networking event for senior chemicals industry executives, pivotal stakeholders and academia. The event encompasses a conference, exhibition and specialist buyer-supplier meetings with international buyers. One of the event’s primary objectives is the promotion of black-owned firms and small, medium and micro chemicals manufacturers.
Investment Project Support
The DCC engages with key government and non-government entities to support new investment in the industry. The DCC will provides assistance to firms specifically looking at investment projects and expansion. As a sector specific PPP the DCC is well positioned to play a key role in enabling access to incentives, thereby playing a catalytic role in relation to investment and growth.
Investment and Market Research
In order to assist firms in understanding the investment climate, potential new markets, and provide them with relevant information for developing their business, the DCC undertakes relevant investment and market-related research. The subjects of research are determined by industry and provide relevant information to the members of the cluster.
Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E)
The BR&E support desk provides assistance on a wide-ranging list of ‘red tape’ type issues as these are seen as either direct or indirect investment inhibitors.