Industrial manufacturing

Evolve for the future of the industry. Hello, tomorrow

Industrial manufacturing today is marked by rapid innovation, global disruption, new business models and major digital investments. Both traditional players and new entrants are working to capture market share—raising competition and changing standards for quality and speed. Manufacturers are ready to meet this moment.

We help you reimagine your business and your place along the value chain—and evolve for the future. This evolution involves multiple areas of your business, so we assemble a team of experts with decades of experience in operations, digital, risk, regulations and tax. We bring local insights and global industry knowledge. From the supply chain to the shop-room floor, we guide your end-to-end evolution, redefining performance in modern manufacturing. 

We’re ready to help you evolve for the future of the industry. 

Strategic investments - smarter value chains

  • Data-driven analytics and proprietary tools can uncover opportunities and create value.
  • We guide you through cost and footprint optimization and executing the right deals to strengthen your value chain and manage risk.

Manufacturing, sales and distribution - ready to pivot

  • Deep knowledge of new technology, services and distribution channels can help you pivot toward digital B2B commerce.
  • PwC experts can help navigate changing regulations and local markets when making decisions on where to position your operations and how to approach markets.

Your workforce - your value driver

  • Our experts help set your workforce strategy, identify workforce gaps and fill them using customized programs, apps and workshops.
  • By upskilling and empowering your workforce, you stay competitive in and unlock the full potential of digital manufacturing.

Dynamic and complexity - ready for the industry of the future

  • A team of cross-functional experts guides you through the changes necessary to implement digital tools, create value and build resilience.
  • From cybersecurity to sustainability, we can help you balance innovation with risk as you build and grow.


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How we can add value

Tax issue

There are a number of tax allowances and incentives available to businesses that operate in the industrial manufacturing sector. We can assist in applying for and implementing the following: 

  • Accelerated allowances
  • Industrial policy project
  • Employment tax incentive
  • Learnership allowances
  • Research and development
  • Energy efficiency savings


Sustainability issue

Net-zero agenda has finally crystallised climate change as a strategic issue for industrial manufacturing businesses

  • By January 2020, almost 200 global companies committed to achieve “net-zero” (by 2050) emissions across their operations, value chains and services; a movement that has doubled in size since it began in September 2019 and achieving the pledges will need radical enterprise and supply chain transformation, including identifying and scaling nascent technologies and disruptive business models.
  • We see the industrial manufacturing companies’ response to net-zero being underpinned by a number of imperatives, with digital transformation embedded as the enabler for much of the systemic changes that will occur. 


We view the net zero agenda through five lenses
  • We assist our clients in navigating these elements over the short, medium and long term while maintaining profitability and market share through: 
    • Focusing on transformation: move away from sustainability as a niche offering and embed net zero into everything we do.
    • Creating blended teams: bring together relevant skills like strategy, technology, supply chain, industry experts and the like to be distinctive in the market.
    • Delivering through assets: leverage best-in-class, proprietary assets (e.g. digitally-enabled analytics) and harness existing frameworks (e.g.Fit For Growth; Industry 4.0).


Digital Operations

Digitisation is revolutionising the way we work, the skillsets we need and the way we structure our organisations. 

PwC can help companies navigate pressing questions surrounding 4IR. 

For a broad archive of PwC’s research and insights into 4IR, please visit our 4IReady microsite.

data and analytics as core capability

Cost and profitability pressure

CEOs expect disruption in the next 5 years

Manufacturing companies have become accustomed to repeated cost-cutting efforts to stabilise profits, address shareholders, and invest for the future. But cost reduction alone can stifle growth. The pressure for a new level of performance is high, along with the need to create a swifter path to growth and profitability.

Making fast, smart decisions hinges on focus. Aligning cost with strategy means transforming how businesses operate, weeding out operational inefficiencies and creating the capacity to invest in important growth priorities.The result: a stronger, leaner, more focused organisation primed for growth. 

We help businesses transform to be strategically aligned with their priorities. We help create a “fit-for-growth” strategy, freeing up opportunities that support the company’s unique culture, capabilities and ambitions. We bring firsthand regional perspectives to help shape local or global operations strategies, including talent, tax, technology and regulations. 


Fit for growth

Changing consumer behaviour

Industrial manufacturing companies are facing a number of headwinds, including a continued slowdown in growth, DTC brands, and increased pressure on margins. On top of that, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has finally come of age. 4IR is the era of artificial intelligence, genome editing, biometrics, 3D printing, IoT, renewable energy, and autonomous vehicles.

Against the backdrop of all this uncertainty and disruption, industrial manufacturing companies are addressing a growing set of challenges. Organisations must capitalise on changing trends and prepare their commercial organisations for growth and digitisation.

Powered by the Salesforce Consumer Goods Cloud, PwC’s Connected Digital Front Office solution provides an integrated suite of solutions that accelerate growth and productivity across retail execution, sales, service, commerce, trade promotion management, analytics, and more.

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Pieter Theron

Pieter Theron

Partner | Digital Operations Lead, PwC South Africa

Tel: +27 (0) 11 287 0501