Global Associates



APICS is the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management and the premier provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), the brand new Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) and APICS Supply Chain Operations Reference Professional (SCOR-P) designations set the industry standard. With over 41,000 members and more than 250 international partners, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers. SAPICS is proud to represent APICS in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Demand Driven Institute


Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning is a formal planning and execution method designed to correct the inadequacies and inappropriate rules of conventional Material Requirements Planning (MRP) given today’s more volatile, complex and service oriented supply and manufacturing scenarios. The Demand Driven Institute (DDI) was founded by Carol Ptak and Chad Smith, co-authors of Orlicky’s Material Requirements Planning, Third Revised Edition in order to proliferate and further develop demand driven strategy and tactics in industry.


Fapics was created in 1991and is a professional Supply Chain Management Association in France. Fapics believes that from the sharing of knowledge, networking, development of competitiveness and growth, talent is born. By sharing best practices in supply chain management, we believe that Fapics can be a catalyst in the supply chain profession.

Fapics is proud of its international vision and the relationships developed with like-minded associations such as SAPICS. The introduction of international learning tools such as the Fresh Connection and international certifications from organisations such as the Demand Driven Institute, ISCEA and APICS mean that Fapics is well positioned to educate French speaking supply chain professionals around the globe.

Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning

The Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning is recognised as the premier full-service provider of forecasting and planning educational services to organisations worldwide. For over 3 decades, the IBF has been helping businesses increase profits and decrease waste by guiding them through with lessons learned and best practices. The IBF is known as a centre of learning for forecasting & planning strategies and techniques for every major industry on a global level. By becoming an IBF member you stay abreast of the latest forecasting and planning methods as well as best practices used by leading global companies.

Production & Operations Management Society


Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) is an international professional organisation representing the interests of POM professionals from around the world. The purposes of the Society are:

  • to extend and integrate knowledge that contributes to the improved understanding and practice of production and operations management (POM);
  • to disseminate information on POM to managers, scientists, educators, students, public and private organisations, national and local governments, and the general public; and
  • to promote the improvement of POM and its teaching in public and private manufacturing and service organisations throughout the world.

Local Associates

African Women Supply Chain Association


An integrated industry approach has been established by AWISCA to address the  capacity gaps through focused functional mentorship and coaching programs for the various chapters namely, Women, Student, Professional and Entrepreneur chapters.

  • Students are encouraged to actively participate in the industry and gain exposure to ensure workplace readiness
  • Professionals in the industry get the opportunity for mentorship and coaching
  • Entrepreneurs obtain the benefit of business support & mentorship to enhance technical supply chain skills through ESD programmes
  • Women receive a focused mentorship and coaching support to unlock their potential through focused and results driven Supply Chain orientated program

Lean Institute Africa

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The Lean Institute Africa (LIA) is a not for profit company, established to promote lean management in Southern Africa. LIA’s mission is to build the community of lean practitioners through action research and knowledge sharing, to help organisations serve their customers better. In working to achieve this mission, LIA has established itself as a thought leader in South Africa on implementing lean management. This enables LIA to provide high-quality content in its educational programmes and real results for the organisations with which it partners, to implement lean management practices.

Manufacturing Indaba

Manufacturing Indaba

The 2-day Manufacturing Indaba conference and exhibition, hosted in Africa’s largest manufacturing city, is the only African event of its kind and affirms government and industry’s strategic focus to revitalise and re-industrialise South Africa’s manufacturing sectors amidst intense challenges.
• 27 – 28 June 2017 at Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni.
The Manufacturing Indaba:
Is endorsed by the Department of Trade & Industry (the dti), the City of Ekurhuleni, the Manufacturing Circle, the   Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) and leading manufacturing firms, provides growth & networking opportunities for both small and big manufacturers and showcases the latest manufacturing trends & innovations.

South African Institute for Industrial Engineers

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As the name implies, the field of Industrial Engineering deals with the engineering of industrial or industrious undertakings. Modern Industrial Engineering is concerned with the integration of resources and processes into cohesive strategies, structures and systems for the effective and efficient production of quality goods and services. It draws upon specialised knowledge and skills in the mathematical, physical, behavioural, economic and management sciences and fuses them with the principles and methods of engineering analyses and design to find optimal and practical solutions, which contribute to the success and prosperity of an industrial undertaking, thereby making a fundamental contribution to the creation of wealth. Our vision is to be a vibrant, learned society, representing and promoting Industrial Engineering in Southern Africa.