Smart Manufacturing 2023

Manufacturing Excellence 4.0


Manufacturing Excellence can be understood as the overarching improvement programmes that businesses deploy to extract value. When it comes to transforming manufacturing operations using traditional methods, several concerns have come to the fore. They include: 

  • The availability and trustworthiness of information to make decisions and perform problem solving.
  • The waste created through the process of implementing a Manufacturing Excellence programme.
  • The change management and buy-in from all stakeholders across the organisation.
  • The alignment of the Manufacturing Excellence programme (with overarching business strategy and objectives).
  • The integration between core manufacturing processes and support functions.

These challenges can be grouped under the umbrella of Factory Blindness.


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Vinesh Maharaj

Vinesh Maharaj

Smart Manufacturing Lead, PwC South Africa

Tel: +27 (0) 11 287 0839

Pieter Theron

Pieter Theron

Partner | Digital Operations Lead, PwC South Africa

Tel: +27 (0) 11 287 0501

Daniel Reddy

Daniel Reddy

Senior Manager | Manufacturing Excellence Lead, PwC South Africa

Tel: +27 (0) 64 656 3699