Manufacturing production in South Africa advanced 35.3 percent year-on-year in May of 2021, following an upwardly revised 88.1 record jump in April, partly due to low base effects from last year when production plunged amid the initial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Main positive contributions came from the manufacture of motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment (215.7 percent); basic iron and steel, non-ferrous metal products, metal products and machinery (42 percent); food and beverages (21.5 percent) and wood and wood products, paper, publishing and printing (40 percent). On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, industrial production fell 2.6 percent, following a 1.2 percent decrease in the previous month. source: Statistics South Africa

Industrial Production in South Africa averaged 0.87 percent from 1974 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 88.10 percent in April of 2021 and a record low of -48.70 percent in April of 2020. This page provides - South Africa Industrial Production - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. South Africa Manufacturing Production - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on August of 2021.

Industrial Production in South Africa is expected to be 1.80 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Industrial Production in South Africa to stand at -1.60 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the South Africa Manufacturing Production is projected to trend around 2.00 percent in 2022 and 1.70 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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South Africa Manufacturing Production

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
35.30 88.10 88.10 -48.70 1974 - 2021 percent Monthly
2015=100, NSA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-04-08 11:00 AM Feb -2.1% -4.2% -0.4% -3.2%
2021-05-11 11:00 AM Mar 4.6% -2.5% 0.45% 0.6%
2021-06-10 11:00 AM Apr 87.9% 5.2% 88.3% 65%
2021-07-12 11:00 AM May 35.3% 88.1% 55%
2021-08-10 11:00 AM Jun 35.3%
2021-09-09 11:00 AM Jul
2021-10-12 11:00 AM Aug
2021-11-11 11:00 AM Sep


News Stream
South Africa Manufacturing Output Growth Slows
Manufacturing production in South Africa advanced 35.3 percent year-on-year in May of 2021, following an upwardly revised 88.1 record jump in April, partly due to low base effects from last year when production plunged amid the initial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Main positive contributions came from the manufacture of motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment (215.7 percent); basic iron and steel, non-ferrous metal products, metal products and machinery (42 percent); food and beverages (21.5 percent) and wood and wood products, paper, publishing and printing (40 percent). On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, industrial production fell 2.6 percent, the most since April last year, following a 1.2 percent decrease in the previous month.
2021-07-12
South Africa Factory Activity Surges at Record Pace
Manufacturing production in South Africa surged 87.9 percent year-on-year in April of 2021, a record increase, amid low base effects from last year when production fell at a record pace due to the coronavirus pandemic. It compares with market expectations of 88.3 percent. The largest contributions came from basic iron and steel, non-ferrous metal products, metal products and machinery (163 percent); motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment (4913 percent); food and beverages (28 percent); petroleum, chemical products, rubber and plastic products (36.2 percent); and wood and wood products, paper, publishing and printing (87.9 percent). On a monthly basis, factory output was down 1.2 percent.
2021-06-10
South Africa Factory Output Growth Tops Estimates
South Africa's manufacturing production rose 4.6 percent year-on-year in March of 2021, recovering from an upwardly revised 2.5 percent fall in the prior month and well above market expectations of a 0.45 percent increase. It was the strongest growth in factory activity since April of 2019, mainly boosted by the production of food & beverages (10.4 percent vs -0.4 percent in February) and motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment (25.9 percent vs 10 percent). Output also rose sharply for glass and non-metallic mineral products (23.9 percent vs 6.9 percent) and textiles, clothing, leather and footwear (12.1 percent vs 4.4 percent). On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, manufacturing production rose 3.4 percent, the biggest increase in eight months and compared with market expectations of a 0.5 percent gain.
2021-05-11
South Africa Factory Output Falls More than Expected
South Africa's manufacturing production fell 2.1 percent year-on-year in February of 2021, following an upwardly revised 4.2 percent slump in the previous month and compared with market expectations of a 0.4 percent fall. Output continued to decline although less for food & beverages (-0.7 percent vs -6.1 percent in January) and petroleum, chemical products, rubber and plastic products (-8.4 percent vs -14.1 percent). On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, manufacturing output decreased 1.2 percent, after a revised flat reading in January and against market estimates of a 0.4 percent gain.
2021-04-08

South Africa Manufacturing Production
In South Africa, industrial production measures the output of businesses integrated in the manufacturing sector of the economy.