Sub-Sectors

Fibres are used in multiple industries to manufacture a number of different products. The primary resources for the FP&M sector are fibres, skins & forestry. These resources are processed to form the secondary resource that is used to manufacture the various products listed above. The primary resources are manufactured from natural fibres (cotton, wool, etc), forestry (woodlands, natural forest, plantation, forest, nurseries and man-made fibres (produced from chemicals extracted from oil, coal or trees). Many of these processes involve ancient techniques and skills that are thousands of years old. The technology within this industry is advancing rapidly, introducing new innovations in the manufacturing of fibres.

Clothing Manufacturing and Fashion Design

Design is the beginning of any manufacturing process, whether it is the manufacture of textiles, clothing, footwear, or leather goods. Fashion design is geared for the creative person who has a flair for fashion, style and an interest in prevailing trends, cultural influences and production. Read more...

Footwear Manufacturing

Footwear use different types of material with widely varying characteristics and properties that dictate the type of manufacturing process to be used. The various component pieces of the footwear are first manufactured individually and then assembled into what we see on the retailer’s shelves. Read more...

Forestry – Providing Raw Materials

This sub-sector is made up of employers who grow trees on a commercial basis. There are four activities that dominate this sub-sector, transport, forestry and tree nurseries, harvesting and maintenance. The value chain is also versatile as it feeds into a number of other sectors of the FP&M environment. Read more...

Furniture Manufacturing

This sub-sector is made up of employers in the upholstery, bedding and curtaining (textiles) in addition to timber. Companies that manufacture wood furniture dominate this sub-sector. Read more…

General Goods Manufacturing

This sub-sector is responsible for the manufacture of general goods, luggage and handbags from leather or other products. These companies make use of a number of textile, leather and other products to generate items used to compliment apparel, for use in households and the corporate environment. Read more…

Leather Manufacturing

Leather and leather goods such as handbags, luggage and saddlery, is manufactured from hides and skins, a natural resource obtained from animals, reptiles and birds (ostrich). The process of leather manufacture involves primarily a sequence of chemical operations. Read more…

Packaging

Packaging includes the manufacture of paper and paper-board, containers of paper and paper-board (including cardboard boxes) and the manufacture of metal containers such as cans and tins. Packaging is the medium through which products are branded. Read more…

Printing and Print Media

The Printing sub sector is responsible for the printing of newspapers, books, magazines, packaging, labels and other related materials. Read more…

Publishing

Publishing is defined as “The business of issuing printed matter for sale or distribution.” Increasingly publishing is about the distribution of content and information, whether the distribution is done physically or electronically. Read more…

Pulp and Paper Manufacturing

It is difficult to imagine a world without pulp, paper and tissue products. Think about the cereal box on your breakfast table, the tissue products throughout your home, the posters you pass in the streets, the tickets issued when you go to the movies. Then there are the newspapers, books and magazines that are so much a part of our daily lives. Read more…

Textile Manufacturing

Textile manufacturing is the process of converting fibre (man-made or natural fibres) into yarn through a variety of processes, which typically involve a cleaning stage to remove any impurities, followed by spinning and twisting of the fibres. Read more…

Wood Manufacturing

Wood products are diverse in their very nature. These products are used in a number of industries, including the home industry. Wood is also used as a source of energy, i.e. wood pellets are one form of a wood product used to generate fuel. Read more…