Manufacturing output up

2011-02-10 14:34

South Africa’s manufacturing production was up 4.9% last year compared to a drop of 12.9% in 2009, Statistics SA said today.

“Manufacturing production for last year reflected an increase of 4.9% compared with 2009 after an annual decrease of 12.9% recorded for 2009,” it said.

Six of the 10 manufacturing divisions reported higher production for last year.

The annual increase last year was mainly due to higher production in the motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment division (20.5%), as well as the petroleum, chemical products, rubber and plastic products division (6.1%).

This was followed by the basic iron and steel, non-ferrous metal products, metal products and machinery division (4.2%) and the food and beverages division (4.0%).

Manufacturing production increased marginally by 0.2% in December last year compared with December 2009.

This increase was driven mainly by higher production in the food and beverages; wood and wood products; paper; publishing and printing; the motor vehicles, parts and accessories; and other transport equipment divisions.

StatsSA said these increases were to a large extent counteracted by decreases reported by the petroleum; chemical products; rubber and plastic products; basic iron and steel; non-ferrous metal products; metal products and machinery; and other manufacturing divisions.?

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